New book: Food Leadership

New book: Food Leadership

The School of Leadership Studies (SLS) is pleased to announce the arrival of Associate Professor and SLS Director Catherine Etmanski’s new edited book, Food Leadership: Leadership and Adult Learning for Global Food Systems Transformation, published by Sense Publisher’s International Issues in Adult Education Series (2017).

The book features chapters from many members of the Royal Roads community, including Ingrid Kajzer-Mitchell, Will Low, Eileen Davenport, Tim Brigham, D.Soc.Sci. students Vanessa Goodall and Adrianne Lickers Xavier, and Royal Roads alumni Myriam Beaugé and Lindsey Day Farnsworth. There are several other contributors from four countries, with three chapters focused on Indigenous food systems.

From the publisher:
"So much more than a human necessity, food is an entry point into a range of different topics: culture and tradition, health and well-being, small and large-scale business, ecology and politics, science and the arts, poverty and social justice, land use and civil society, global trade, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and more. From seed to table, the policies and practices related to all aspects of the food cycle create rich sites for learning and multiple opportunities for leadership. Although the topic of food has been gaining momentum in the field of Adult Education over the past decade, food has been relatively underexplored in the field of Leadership Studies. The purpose of this book, therefore, is to deepen our understanding and knowledge about leadership and adult learning in food-related movements worldwide. With contributing authors representing four countries and various Indigenous groups, this book examines the diverse ways in which food activists, scholars, students, and practitioners are already demonstrating, debating, and documenting leadership and learning in the context of global food systems transformation. Furthermore, it documents how these actions are supporting the innovation needed to address the increasingly complex and interconnected socio-economic and environmental challenges associated with food and agriculture. Whereas much leadership theory continues to be developed from cases in business, social movements, or other, more traditional leadership sectors, this book invites leaders and educators to look to their plates and, by extension, to local, small-scale farmers and to nature itself as sources of inspiration in their work."

More info can be found here.