Aaron Vansintjan holds a BA in Philosophy and an MSc in Natural Resource Sciences from McGill University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of London, Birkbeck, co-supervised by Isabelle Anguelovski at ICTA. Broadly, his research focuses on urban environmental justice conflicts and food sovereignty. Aaron’s MSc dissertation explored the history of food banks in Canada from a political economy perspective, using institutional economics and ecological economics frameworks to determine the role of the food industry in driving the institutionalization of food banks. For his PhD research, he is investigating how food access changes for marginalized residents of neighborhoods undergoing gentrification and rapid urban development, and how those residents may use food to resist or challenge development narratives. As such, his research will draw on the fields of urban political ecology, critical urban geography, urban ecosystem services, and environmental justice. Others interests include action research, degrowth, decolonialism, and political theory. At ICTA, Aaron is also involved with the institute Research & Degrowth and the Ecological Economics Research Group at McGill University; is editor at an online magazine focusing on environmental justice issues, Uneven Earth; and is a published journalist and commentary writer.