Prof. Barb Anderson (On leave July 1 - December 31, 2020)


St. Francis Xavier University (Master of Adult Education)

Acadia University (Bachelor of Science - Home Economics)

Professional Dietitian

Fellow, Dietitians of Canada (FDC)


Courses (2020-2021)

On leave July 1 - December 31, 2020

Recipient of ASU Teaching Recognition Award, April 2010



I have been involved in the Nova Scotia Food Security Research projects since 2001. This research group uses participatory processes to gather evidence to support changing policy to work towards food security for all Canadians. What is food security? The Voices for Food Security project (formerly the Nova Scotia Participatory food costing project) define it as "all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, nutritious, safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods that are produced, procured and distributed in ways that are environmentally sound, socially just and sustainable." I am a member of the Voices for Food Security management team.

Publications related to participatory food costing can be found at:


Teaching Interests

My background in Public Health Nutrition and Management have framed my teaching interests in: Adult Learning applied to Nutrition and Dietetic Practice; Leadership in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; Health Promotion; and Community Nutrition. I am also interested in student learning related to reconnecting nutrition to food issues, especially food sustainability.


Key Publications

Fox, A, Gillis, D, Anderson, B  and Lordly, D. (2017). Stronger Together: Use of storytelling at a dietetics conference to promote professional collaboration. Can J of Diet Practice and Research. 78(1): 32-36.

Proudfoot, A, Lordly, D, Anderson, B and Gillis, D. (2014). Identifying opportunities for enhancing dietetic education through collaboration. Can J of Diet Practice and Research. 75(2): 101-104.

Kzezevic, I, Hunter, H, Watt, C, Williams, P and Anderson, B. (2014). Food Insecurity and Participation. Critical Discourse Studies.

Williams PL, Amero, M, Anderson, B, Gillis, D, Green-LaPierre, R, Johnson, C and Reimer, R. (2012). A Participatory Model for Food Costing in Nova Scotia: Sustainable Community Action for Food Security. Can J Diet Practice and Research. 74(3): 181-188.

Williams PL, Watt, C, Amero, M, Anderson, B, Bloom, I, Green LaPierre, R and Johnson CP. (2012) The affordability of a nutritious diet for Income Assistance recipients in Nova Scotia (2002-2010). Canadian Journal of Public Health. 103 (3): 183-188.

Williams PL, MacAuley, RB, Anderson, BJ, Barro, K, Gillis, D, Johnson, C, Langille, L, Moran, S and Reimer, D. (2012). I would never have thought that I would be in such a predicament: Voices from Women Experiencing Food Insecurity in Nova Scotia, Canada. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 7(2-3): 253-270. R.