Sean Irwin

Assistant professor

Program head


Sean Irwin’s research investigates the intersection of food systems and socio-economic development as a means to address the interconnected problems of future global food needs and reducing rural poverty. His primary methodological interest is using mixed methods to investigate the social and economic functioning of value chains. His research has focused on food security, gender equality, the effects of international trade and globalization on small-scale farmers, and the environmental impact of food systems. His geographic focus is Latin America, with past research experience in rural Belize, and more recently, the Amazonian region of Bolivia.


Irwin has experience working in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has spearheaded information and communication technology projects with First Nations, Métis and francophone communities across Western Canada, worked for the government of Manitoba as a disaster management specialist, and worked for international NGOs such as Habitat for Humanity and the Canadian Red Cross. Irwin has also been an instructor at Simon Fraser University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria.


PhD in Geography

University of Victoria

Master's of Rural Development

Brandon University

Master's of International Trade

University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Arts

University of Manitoba