Wesley Tourangeau

Postdoc Fellow

Email: wesley.tourangeau@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6864
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Suite 5010,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Socio-ecological sustainability
  • Food and agriculture
  • Discourse analysis
  • Theories of power and influence
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Green criminology
  • Animal welfare


  • BA Hons, University of Windsor
  • MA, University of Windsor
  • PhD, University of Waterloo

Research interests

Wesley researches food and agricultural law, policy and discourse, with a particular interest in issues of power and influence. He recently completed a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, which entailed an interdisciplinary examination of agricultural biotechnology discourses in Canada. His background in criminology, specifically green criminology, also leads him in research directions focused on animal welfare and environmental harm.

His postdoctoral research focuses on the social context of sustainable grazing practices. This research is part of a larger project—led by Dr. Kate Sherren, Dalhousie University, and Dr. John Parkins, University of Alberta—which focuses on transitions to sustainable grazing systems, including adaptive rotational grazing approaches such as adaptive multi-pasture grazing and holistic management.

Selected publications

  • Tourangeau, W. Accepted. Debating Bill C-18: An analysis of power and discourse in parliamentary proceedings on Canada’s Agricultural Growth Act. Journal of Canadian Studies.
  • Tourangeau, W. 2017. GMO doublespeak: An analysis of power and discourse in Canadian debates over genetically modified foods. Canadian Food Studies, 4(1), 108-138.
  • Tourangeau, W. 2016. Criminology, Food, and Agriculture. In P.B. Thompson and D.M. Kaplan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.
  • Tourangeau, W. 2015. Re-defining environmental harms: Green criminology and the state of Canada’s hemp industry. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 57(4), 528-554.

Service & Activity

  • Managing Editor for Canadian Food Studies, the online journal of the Canadian Association for Food Studies