Marit Rosol

Canada Research Chair in Global Urban Studies

Tier 2 - 2017-01-11
University of Calgary
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Coming to Canada From

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Research involves

Investigating the relationship between global processes and everyday life in North American and European cities by focusing on food justice and affordable housing.

Research relevance

This research will help us better understand the causes and effects of urban food insecurity and lack of affordable housing, as well as the relevance of alternative food systems.

Food Justice, Housing Affordability, and Global Restructuring: International Perspectives

“Pay the rent or feed the kids?” is the grim choice often faced by poor households in many cities. Although access to secure housing and adequate, quality food are related, they are often studied as separate domains. Dr. Marit Rosol, Canada Research Chair in Global Urban Studies, wants to bring them into the same discussion.

Rosol and her team will explore questions like: What causes food and/or housing insecurity? What are the locally specific factors and the more general, even global, trends? What does it mean for urban residents in their daily lives? Who is working to overcome these problems, how, and with what results? What are the most pressing problems facing our current food systems—and what changes would activists, NGOs or local governments like to see happen in and beyond their cities?

To find answers, Rosol’s research program will explore several related issues in urban areas of North America and Europe: the socio-political context, relevance and political actions of alternative food and food justice movements; social, economic and physical aspects of access to housing and food; the influence of politics on housing policies; and the consequences of urban austerity policies on access to both affordable housing and food.

As a geographer, Rosol is particularly interested in the uneven manifestations and consequences of food (in)justice and (un)affordable housing in different places. By analyzing Canadian examples and providing insights from other cities and countries, Rosol hopes to inform food and housing policy discussions nationally and internationally.