Researchers-in-Residence

Justine Chambers

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
TERM: JANUARY - AUGUST, 2021

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her recent choreographic projects include: And then this also, One hundred more, tailfeatherfor all of us, it could have been like this, ten thousand times and one hundred more,  Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Semi-precious: the faceting of a gemstone only appears complete and critical; Enters and Exits and COPY. Chambers' work has been hosted by Sophiensaele (Berlin), Contemporary Art Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (Pennsylvania), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak, Burrard Arts Foundation, Mile Zero Dance Society, Dance in Vancouver, Festival of New Dance (St. John's) and Art Museum at University of Toronto. Chambers is the recipient of the Lola Dance Prize (2018), and was selected for the Visiting Dance Artist Program at the National Arts Centre (2018-2019). She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

Tammara Soma

TERM: JANUARY, 2021 - AUGUST, 2021

Tammara Soma originally hails from West Java, Indonesia. She holds a PhD in Planning (2018) from the University of Toronto and is the Research Director and Co-Founder of the Food Systems Lab. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University where she conducts research on issues pertaining to food system planning, community-based food research, youth and food literacy, social innovation and waste management and the circular economy. Prior to SFU, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, and the Food Equity Coordinator at New College (University of Toronto). Soma is actively involved in food justice work. She was one of the founding members of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and has worked with FoodShare Toronto, and Sustain Ontario.

Soma’s research projects are funded by the SSHRC New Frontiers, SSHRC Trans-Atlantic Platform, SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant, and Weston Foundation Seeding Food Innovation Grant. She co-led a tri-country team (U.S, Mexico and Canada) on a Commission for Environmental Cooperation project to develop the Food Matters: Action Kit for youth engagement in food loss and food waste reduction. She is also co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste. Soma was selected and served as a committee member of the US National Academies of Science “A Systems Approach to Reducing Consumer Food Waste” and contributed to the publication of the consensus study A National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste at the Consumer Level. She is a board member of the Canadian Association of Food Studies.

Samantha Jung, Graduate Student

Samantha Jung is a second year master’s student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning). For her research, she is working in partnership with the Kitselas First Nation to create a food asset map that employs the use of Photovoice, a socially innovative and novel qualitative framework that centres the perspectives of community members to advance systemic and sustainable solutions for tackling local food insecurity through photography and storytelling. She is currently a research assistant with the Food Systems Lab and is a planning intern with the First Nations Health Authority.

Daniel Rajasooriar, Graduate Student

Daniel Rajasooriar is a second-year master’s student in the Resource and Environmental Planning Program. As a Graduate Research Fellow with the Community-Engaged Research Initiative and a Graduate Research Assistant with the Food Systems Lab, Daniel is working in collaboration with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition on the “Getting Around to Feed Ourselves Well” project. The project explores the intersection of access to transit and food security for users of nonprofit food hubs in the City of Vancouver before and during the COVID-19 crisis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University.