Emma Windfeld, BA, MSc
Research Associate and Policy Analyst
Emma grew up in a small agricultural community where her first jobs were working on local farms. Her work at the Simpson Centre focuses on science communications; she is passionate about bridging the gaps between farmers, researchers, industry, government, and the public for a more transparent and sustainable food system in Canada. Her primary research interests are collaborative policymaking, consumer perceptions of agriculture and food, and interdisciplinary systems-thinking approaches to agri-food issues.
She holds a Master’s of Science in Agroecology (Geography) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Ecological Determinants of Health in Society from McGill University. She has a research background of working with subsistence farmers in rural Uganda to examine the effects of climate change on agriculture and health, and more recently has worked with farmers across Canada to trial hybrid and heirloom crop varieties to inform better seed breeding.