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, migration, 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 food security and migration in Kenya and Tanzania.
Awards and Achievements
SHRCC Partnership Grant 2022-2025: Mitigating Migrant Food Insecurity in Cities of the Global South (MiFood Project)
Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa Research Grant 2022: Addressing Mixed Migrant Food Security in Kampala, Uganda
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.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have research opportunities for graduate students interested in urban food security and migration 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.
2022. Co-productive urban planning: Protecting and expanding food security in Uganda’s secondary cities. In Liam Riley and Jonathan Crush (eds).Transforming Urban Food Systems in Secondary Cities in Africa. Palgrave
2020. From decentralisation to co-production in Kampala: Changing the game for Uganda’s urban poor? Trialog: Planning and Building in a Global Context. Vol. 2:46-52.
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.