The Canada Research Chair program has just publicized an investment of $195 million for 259 new and renewed Chairs to attract global talent and increases diversity. Acadia University is pleased to announce that Professor Lesley Frank (Sociology) is our newest Tier II chair in “Food, Health, and Social Justice.” An outstanding scholar, Dr. Frank’s research has established family and early childhood food insecurity as an urgent nutrition, health, and social equity problem in Canada requiring enhanced monitoring, further research, and national action.
Published in both Canadian and leading international food studies journals, Dr. Frank is also a leader in disseminating research and policy analysis among the general public and has authored the Nova Scotia Child and Family Poverty Report Card for twenty years (the most downloaded report of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative – NS). Recently, Dr. Frank’s book Out of Milk: Infant Food Insecurity in a Rich Nation, was published by the University of British Columbia Press and is now available in paperback.
Honoured to be awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair, Dr. Frank notes that it is “an exciting opportunity to build on the excellent work already happening at Acadia across faculties related for food and health inequalities.” Importantly, she is now positioned to “work collaboratively with new and longstanding partners on transformative solutions to families and childhood food insecurity.” Acadia’s Dean of Research, Dr. Anna Redden, was equally excited, noting that the Canada Research Chair program “helps universities like Acadia build research capacity and retain exceptional internationally recognized scholars like Professor Frank.”