Ritika Shrimali is a recent graduate from the PhD programme at York University. In her doctoral dissertation, she critically engages with the ideas of food security, food sovereignty and new food production strategies such as the contract farming, specifically in India. She is a Human Geographer by training and her research contributes to the scholarship on global political economy in general and the global South in particular. She is interested in food security, agro-globalization and labour studies. As a researcher, she make use of interdisciplinary approaches drawn from political science, development economics, rural sociology, social anthropology, agrarian political economy and human geography. She has been actively presenting her work in conferences and seminars. One of her papers was recently published in Human Geography.
Over the last couple of years, she has been engaged as a social planner and involved with community based research programmes across GTA. Currently she is working on a project with Social Planning Network Ontario on Education and diversity in Public Schools on Ontario. Her other evolving research interests are in the field of food security and community engagement with implications for food sovereignty, and mental health and youth. The possibility and the potential of generating knowledge that contributes a change in policy or strategy is a commitment that she is passionate about.
Keywords: Food security; food sovereignty; new food production strategies; agro-globalization; labout studies; India