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Melanie Bedore
Melanie Bedore
Assistant Professor
General Science Building, Rm 209
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23525
(905) 546-0463
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Dr. Melanie Bedore earned a BPAPM from Carleton University (Ottawa) and an MPA and Ph.D. from Queen’s University. She is a human geographer and a teaching stream faculty member focusing on undergraduate teaching and learning. Melanie experiments with a variety of pedagogical strategies to promote deep student learning and engagement, including learning portfolios, engaged lecturing, promoting student metacognition, discussion-based learning and bringing active learning strategies into the conventional university classroom. She places particular emphasis on student writing and critical thinking in all of her courses.

Her previous research and areas of specialization include urban food access and sustainable urban food systems, urban poverty and inequality, community-based charitable food programs, and city-regional prosperity.

Melanie is open to supervising undergraduate independent studies and theses but she is not accepting graduate students at this time.

Critical human geography; urban geography; economic geography; poverty and inequality; sustainable food systems. Committed to excellence in undergraduate education: innovative pedagogical approaches include discussion-based learning, adapting active learning strategies to conventional classroom spaces, cooperative learning, engaged lecturing, and promoting student metacognition
  • ENVSOCTY 1HA3 (Course Outline): Society, Culture and Environment
  • ENVSOCTY 2LE3 (Course Outline): Economic Geography: Innovation, Ideas and Identity
  • ENVSOCTY 2UI3 (Course Outline): The Urban Experience
  • ENVSOCTY 3TG3 (Course Outline): Geographies of Globalization
  • ENVSOCTY 4US3 (Course Outline): Sustainable Cities
Bedore, M. (2018). ‘I purchased it; it wasn’t given to me’: Food project patronage and the geography of dignity work. The Geographical Journal, 184, 218-228. 

Bedore, M. (in press). Socio-spatial relations of care in community food project patronage. Social & Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2017.1315447

Bedore, M. (2014). The convening power of food as growth machine politics: A study of food policymaking and partnership formation in Baltimore. Urban Studies, 51(14), 2979-2995.

Bedore, M. (2014). Food desertification: Situating choice and class relations within an urban political economy of declining food access. Studies in Social Justice, 8(2), 207-228. 

Bedore, M. (2013). Geographies of capital formation and rescaling: a historical-geographical approach to the food desert problem. The Canadian Geographer. 57(2), 133-153.
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