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Bernard Soubry

  • Scholar 2018
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DPhil Geography and Environment
University of Oxford

    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.