Bernard Soubry

Study program:
DPhil Geography and Environment
Current affiliation:
University of Oxford

Bernard Soubry (geography and environment, University of Oxford) documents how climate change affects the Maritime provinces’ food system and how resilience and adaptation might emerge from the input of farmers, agricultural workers, governance organizations, and other actors.


Climate Resilience on Maritime Farms: Building Adaptive Capacity in the Food System of the Maritime Provinces

How can the food system in the Maritimes become more adaptive to climate change?

The Climate Resilience on Maritime Farms project starts from the premise that the food system in the Maritimes is in trouble; it will only become more so with climate change. It works to figure out how climate change is already impacting the food system in ways that aren’t necessarily obvious; to document the ways in which the system is already spontaneously adapting; to map out the possibilities for more collaborative adaptation work; and to make sure that this knowledge gets out to farmers, retailers, distributors, and policymakers.

The project has been built collaboratively with the input of farmers, agricultural workers, governance organizations, and other food system actors. Ultimately, the hope is that the project will be a useful tool for the initiatives which already make the region resilient and adaptive and will inspire more to emerge.

Bernard Soubry was born in Montréal, moved to the Maritimes and to England, and now lives on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River. He works at the crossroads of food and climate change.

His M. Phil and doctoral theses investigate the impacts of climate change on agricultural production systems in the Maritime provinces of Eastern Canada and the possible pathways for transformational adaptation of the food system in the region. His work champions the knowledge of farmers and other food system actors by building spaces where they can communicate across levels and sectors, and collaboratively build adaptive capacity from the farm to the provincial level. Bernard is also concerned with broader food systems education; raising critical consciousness around climate change; co-operative and nonhierarchical academic practices; and growing good tomatoes.

Before moving into academia, Bernard worked as a farm apprentice and manager in Eastern Canada's Maritime provinces and spent most of his time on small-scale, ecologically-oriented vegetable farms. There, he specialized in greenhouse production, heirloom varieties, and chicken-wrangling, among other things. Previously, he worked as a researcher with Dr. Ian Mauro's Human Dimensions of Environmental Change Institute at Mount Allison University, exploring the relationship of local and indigenous knowledge to climate change in the Maritime provinces.

Beyond his research, Bernard is a poet and bicycle mechanic. He specializes in modern dynamo hub repair and overnight rides under the boundless moon.

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