In the fourth year of her PhD in Sociology and Anthropology, Chantal Gailloux's research focuses on civic food networks, food politics, and the socio-ecological transition. After a year-long multi-site ethnography in community gardens in East Harlem, New York City, that are threatened with eviction by the city’s affordable housing plan, she asks: How do gardeners in East Harlem maintain as commons those urban spaces that are threatened by both public and private interests, and what kinds of property relations and political practices are enacted in such urban struggles?
She is now writing her dissertation and presenting preliminary results to her peers in conferences. Meanwhile, she is also working on different projects in Montreal and Trois-Pistoles, like a design charrette for Bâtiment 7 exterior spaces with the Institute for Urban Futures and a collective provisioning network of local fruits to breweries and distilleries in Eastern Quebec.
During her fieldwork, she was a visiting scholar at the Public Space Research Group (PSRG) at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She was a SSHRC recipient (2014-2017) and her supervisor is Kregg Hetherington, associate professor at the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia.