Amanda Di Battista is the Project Coordinator for FLEdGE: Food, Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged, a SSHRC funded research partnership that explores how a diverse range of community-scale food initiatives increase social, economic, and environmental sustainability. FLEdGE uses community-based research to effect transformations toward sustainable regional food systems in order to facilitate social justice, create prosperous economies, support ecological stewardship, and demonstrate the potential for participatory democracy.
Amanda is a long-time environmental educator and researcher with a passion for supporting local food projects. She brings a wide range of academic, research, administrative, and collaborative abilities to the project and contributes to FLEdGE by providing project management and administrative support to the many research initiatives associated with the project.
Amanda also worked as an editor for The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada and UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, and as the co-producer of CoHearence, a podcast series that explores the relationship between culture and the environment. Amanda has an undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She is currently working toward her doctorate in Environmental Studies, with a focus on postsecondary environmental education and Canadian literature.