Samara Brock

Study program:
Environmental Studies
Current affiliation:
Yale University

Samara Brock (Environmental Studies, Yale University) is examining organizations that are attempting to transform the future of the global food system.

Research Project

Whether working with domestic or international NGOs, local governments, or private foundations, Samara’s passion for sustainable food systems is a common thread linking together her experience in multilateral policy development, grant-making, program delivery, and multi-stakeholder strategic planning. Her PhD research builds upon her professional experience, focusing on international networks of food system experts that formed following the 2008 global food crisis. Drawing upon theory from political ecology and science and technology studies, Samara’s research investigates how expertise is co-produced within these networks and the communities they seek to represent, and how this expertise is entangled with different conceptual food system models. Samara hopes to build an understanding of how these conceptual and epistemic processes among networks of experts and advocates ultimately impacts land use change and livelihoods at local and global scales.

Samara Brock is pursuing her PhD at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. She holds a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Samara's written work has appeared in academic and popular journals on such topics as multiculturalism, innovations in urban planning, and the global governance of food systems. Samara has worked internationally with support from the Canadian International Development Agency on urban agriculture projects in Cuba and Argentina. She also worked as a food systems planner for the City of Vancouver, and more recently as a program officer for the Tides Canada Foundation, funding nonprofit organizations working on complex conservation, climate change, and food security initiatives.