A Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Phil is also the principal investigator of Project SOIL, a researcher with Nourishing Communities,  Associate Editor at Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation, and Co-Chair of the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology (Toronto 2016).

Phil’s broader research program uses political economy as a lens to investigate the challenges of scale, growth and governance in the transition to sustainable regional food systems. Much of this research takes place at the intersection of food, health and agriculture, using the tools of community-based research, policy evaluation, and network and systems mapping. His current passions are informal, cooperative and social enterprise models, food hubs, and supply management in alternative food systems.

Born and raised on a dairy farm in eastern Ontario, Phil pursued an interdisciplinary PhilMount3education that included law, sociology, silviculture, graphic design,  farming, political economy, and web marketing.
After graduating from the department of Geography at the University of Guelph, Phil served as coordinator of Nourishing Ontario: The Sustainable Food Systems Research Project (now Nourishing Communities, just one of the projects of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems).
Phil spends his spare time collaborating on the design of Regional Food Strategies, on the board and in the fields of Just Food, and designing the Ottawa Community Farm.