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Mustafa Koç,  Professor

OFFICE:  JOR-311
TELEPHONE:  416-979-5000 ext 6210
EMAIL:   mkoc@ryerson.ca
 

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EDUCATION:

B.A. (Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey), M.A. (University of Waterloo), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Sociology).


TEACHING INTERESTS:

Food Studies; Social Change and Development; Sociology of Migration

Mustafa Koç’s research and teaching interests involve food studies, food security and food policy, globalization and sociology of migration.

He was among the founders of the Centre for Studies in Food Security (Coordinator 1995-2005), Food Secure Canada (Chair 2005-2006), and the Canadian Association for Food Studies (President 2005-2008). He has also been involved in various national and global debates on globalization, social change and development, food security, and peace. He has various publications on sociology of agriculture and food, social change and development, and immigration, including For Hunger-proof Cities (1999), Working Together (2001), Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies (2008) and Critical Perspectives in Food Studies (2012). Dr. Koc also writes periodically in Turkish in the journals Dünya Gıda and Telve.


RECENT COURSES

SOC808:  Food and Foodways
SOC706:  Sociology of the Global Economy
SOC105:  Introduction to Sociology
IS 8925:   Global Population Movements


RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Food Security and Food Policy; Globalization and Restructuring; Population movements


RECENT AND KEY PUBLICATIONS

2012 Koc, M., Summer, J. and Winson, T. (eds). Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
2012 Koc, M. and Bas, J.A., “Canada’s Action Plan on Food Security: The Interactions between Civil Society and the State to Advance Food Security in Canada.”  MacRae, R. and Abergel, E. (eds.) Health and sustainability in the Canadian food system: Advocacy and opportunity for civil society. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp. 173-203.
2012 MacRae, R. Abergel E. and Koc M. “Introduction.” MacRae, R. and Abergel, E. (eds.) Health and sustainability in the Canadian food system: Advocacy and opportunity for civil society. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp. 1-14.
2012
Koc, M., MacRae R., Noack, A. Ustundag, O.G. “What Is Food Studies? Characterizing an Emerging Academic Field through the Eyes of Canadian Scholars.” Koc, M., Sumner, J. and Winson A. (eds.) Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 4-15.
2010 Koc, M. Sustainability: A tool for food system reform. Alison Blay-Palmer (ed.) Imagining Sustainable Food System. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 37-45.
2010 Blay-Palmer, A. and Koc, M. “Imagining Sustainable food systems: The Path to Regenerative Food Systems.” Alison Blay-Palmer (ed.) Imagining Sustainable Food System. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 223-246.
2009 Koc, M. “Hunger and Plenty: Fragmented Integration in the Global Food System,” in Anne Denis and Devorah Kalekin Fishman (eds.) The New ISA Handbook in Contemporary International Sociology: Conflict, Competition, Cooperation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2008 Power, E. and M. Koc (eds.)  A Double-double and Maple Glazed Doughnut, Special Issue on Canadian Food Studies. Food Culture and Society. 11(3).
2008 Koc, M. R. MacRae, E. Desjardins and W. Roberts (2008) “Getting Civil About Food: The Interactions Between Civil Society and the State to Advance Sustainable Food Systems in Canada,” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Vol. 3(2/3): 122-144.
2007 Koc, M. R. MacRae and K. Bronson eds. Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Professor Koc served as a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Chair of Food Secure Canada, and the founding president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies, and member of the executive of the Research Committees of Social Transformations and Sociology of Development and the Sociology of Agriculture and Food of the International Sociological Association. He currently serves as the chair of the Local Arrangement Committee for the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology and a member of the Steering Committee of Food Secure Canada. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Cuizine.

 

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