Amber A. Heckelman, PhD

BOARD MEMBER | Food System Scholar & Activist

Amber A. Heckelman, PhD, is committed to community and international solidarity, collaborative research, and systems change towards climate resilience, food sovereignty, agroecology, and food procurement. Dr. Heckelman received a PhD in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She has carried out extensive research with grassroots farmer-led organizations and community organizers in the Philippines to measure climate resilience. Her other work includes examining the structural determinants of poverty and food insecurity. She has been published in academic journals and has received fellowships from the Bullitt Foundation, the Liu Institute for Global Affairs, the UBC Public Scholars Initiative, and the UBC Sustainability Initiative.

Dr. Heckelman co-hosts the Land, Life and Liberation program on Vancouver’s Coop Radio, amplifying campaigns from peasant farmers in the Philippines to migrant food system workers in Canada. She is dedicated to engaging in dialogue and collaboration to ensure that food system initiatives are transformative and appropriate based on local contexts, community consent and support. She also enjoys using photography to capture the land and foodscapes that embody the food justice and sovereignty movements. Some of her work has been published and displayed in exhibitions. 

Dr. Heckelman is a first generation university graduate, a first generation, multi-racial Filipina American, and a descendent of farmers. She was also a former AmeriCorps volunteer. She was born and raised in San Diego, California. She now resides in the unceded territory of the xwm??kw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:l? and S?l?ílw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations (or Greater Vancouver Area). Amber is also a new mom. 

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