Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in political science from the University of Toronto in 1999, my MPhil in the sociology and politics of development from Cambridge University in 1995, and my BAH in political studies from Queen’s University in 1992.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was an assistant professor at Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, Utah (1999-2001).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The main focus of my research is urban food security in Africa. Rapid urbanization is transforming food systems across Africa with important implications for feeding growing populations of urban poor who rely on cash economies while experiencing informal employment and precarious housing.
I am particularly interested in the nexus between urban food security with sustainable development, gender, and governance, and the multi-level policy environments supporting anti-poverty measures.
My research has thus far centred on the case of Uganda, but currently I am exploring the policy environments around urban poverty and food security in Kenya and Tanzania.
Awards and Achievements
SHRCC/IDRC Insight Partnership Grant (International Partnership for Sustainable Societies) 2014-2018: Hungry Cities Partnership: Informality, Inclusive Growth, and Food Security in Cities of the Global South.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have research opportunities for graduate students interested in urban food security in the Global South. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of African politics and political economy, development studies, and gender and politics.
2020. Brown, Andrea M. Planning for Less Planning: Supporting Informal Food Systems in Nairobi. In Carlos Nunes Silva (ed.)Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa. London/New York: Routledge.
2019. Brown, Andrea M. Women’s Rights, Food Entitlements, and Governance in Urban Uganda. In M. Raymond Izarali, Oliver Masakure and Bonny Ibhawoh (eds.) Expanding Perspectives on Human Rights in Africa. Routledge UK
2017. Samuel Owuor, Andrea M. Brown, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne and Jeremy Wagner. The Urban Food System of Nairobi, Kenya. Hungry Cities Report No. 6. (60pp). http://hungrycities.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/HC6.pdf
2016. Brown, Andrea M. Urban Policy Environments and Urban Food Security. Chapter 13 in Rapid Urbanization, Food Security and Urban Food Deserts in Africa, edited by Jane Battersby and Jonathan Crush. Springer.
2015. Brown, Andrea M. Sustaining African Cities: Urban Hunger and Sustainable Development in East Africa. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Annual Review: Volume 11. *Winner of the International Award for Excellence for the On Sustainability Collection, Volume 11.