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Elisabeth Abergel

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Abergel

Carson Fellow


Elisabeth Abergel is an environmental studies scholar currently teaching in the sociology department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She obtained her master’s degree in molecular genetics from the University of Waterloo and worked as a bench scientist in the pharmaceutical sector as well as several biotech start-ups for many years before obtaining her PhD in Environmental Studies from York University (Toronto). She taught Global Environmental Politics at York University’s Glendon College where she was chair of the International Studies Department. She is an associate professor at UQAM where she has been teaching Sociology of Science and Technology as well as Environmental Sociology courses. She is affiliated with the Institut des Sciences de l’Environnement (ISE) at UQAM where she teaches courses on sustainable food systems. Elisabeth’s area of expertise is on the politics and science of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Her main research focus is on life technologies and agricultural transformation, technocapitalism and the de/rematerialization of life (from cell to whole organism), the bioeconomy of food and agriculture and more generally, the relations between the promissory economies of technoscientific development and the environment.

RCC Research Project: The Biopolitics of Cultured Meat: Environment, Food Imaginaries and the Future of Animal Life

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - The Biopolitics of Edible Animal Tissues

Selected Publications:

  • with Rod MacRae. "Food Policy in Canada." Food Sciences 1-10. Elsevier Ltd, United Kingdom.
  • "Animal et viande in vitro ou la vie sans la mort." La Prétentaine 29, no. 30 (2015): 527-548.
  • with Magnusson J. "The Art of (Bio)Surveillance: Bioart and the Financialization of Life Systems." Topia 30/31, no. 1 (2014): 237-254.
  • “Climate-ready Crops and Bio-Capitalism: Towards a New Food Regime.” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 18, no. 3 (2011): 260–274.
  • with Rod MacRae, eds. Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System: Advocacy and Opportunity for Civil Society. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012.
  • “La connaissance scientifique aux frontières du bio-art: Le vivant à l’ère du post-naturel.” Cahiers de recherche sociologique no. 50 (2011): 97-120.