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Daphne Page

PhD Topic

Exploring the Perceived Link between Urban Agriculture and Sustainability in Municipal Urban Food Strategies within the United Kingdom’s Sustainable Food Cities Network


PhD Food Policy

Department of Sociology, City, University of London, UK. (2014 – Present)
Awards: City University Studentship for 2014-2017

Master of Applied Science

Environmental Applied Science & Management, Ryerson University, Canada. (2012-2014)
Research: Identifying communication networks within Toronto’s emerging Rooftop Urban Agriculture community

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for 2013-2014
  • Ryerson Graduate Award for academic merit for 2013-2014
  • Ryerson Graduate Entrance Award for 2012-2013

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Environmental Studies & Geography, Bishop’s University, Canada (2010)
Research: Cool-Climate Viticulture: A study of the adaptive strategies used by two vineyards in Eastern Quebec

The Study

This research focuses on the links that are being made between urban agriculture and sustainability within local food strategies. Since a growing number of municipalities (towns, cities, regions, etc) are creating strategies under the umbrella of sustainability, I am interested in how those writing the policies are associating urban agriculture (as just one part of the overall strategy) with local sustainability objectives. Since what is sustainable can be very subjective, I'm interested in exploring how this varies amongst food policies. Specifically, I would like to determine how this differs based on the type of governance model driving the creation of the strategy, whether it is a fully council-led and embedded strategy, or a completely independent civil society organization, or a hybrid of both.


Dr. Martin Caraher
Dr. Tim Lang

Research Interests

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Food Strategies/Policies
  • Sustainability & sustainable local transitions
  • Local/civil society food movements
  • Rooftop Urban Agriculture


Processes of Participation in the Development of Urban Food Strategies: A Comparative Assessment of Exeter and Eindhoven