Janina Kowalski

Janina Kowalski

PhD Student Dr. Tenley Conway, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

I am interested in the ways that urban food trees contribute to the development of urban spaces and communities because of their intersection between urban forestry and urban food production. My research will explore how different management strategies affect urban food trees, the role of gender in the development and care of food trees, and historical and current food tree access.

My master’s research focused on the foraging of urban plants in Toronto. I have also worked as a nature interpreter and educator at the Calgary Zoo from 2015 to 2016.

Honours and Awards

  • 2019 Jack Kimmel Grant, Canadian Tree Fund
  • 2018 Griffith Taylor Scholarship in Geography, University of Toronto, Department of Geography


  • 2019 Kowalski, Janina. Community Engagement at Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. Presented at the Green Infrastructure Symposium, University of Toronto Mississauga.
  • 2019 Kowalski, Janina. Urban Food Trees in Toronto: Benefits, Challenges and Distribution.? Presented at the American Association of Geographers AGM, Washington, DC.
  • 2018 Kowalski, Janina. An Apple a Day Keeps the Community Engaged: Preliminary Results of Field Work in Toronto.? Presented at the International Urban Forestry Congress, Vancouver.
  • 2018 Kowalski, Janina and Tenley Conway. Food (Forests) for thought: The Policy and Management of Urban Food Forests in Canada. Presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual General Meeting, New Orleans.
  • 2017 Kowalski, Janina and Tenley Conway. Urban Food Forests in Canada: Policy and Implementation? Presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual General Meeting, York University.


  • Kowalski, Janina and Tenley Conway. (2018) Branching Out: Urban Food Forests in Canadian Urban Forest Management Plans. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. (online publication)


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Tenley Conway


PhD Student - University of Toronto
MA Environmental Studies – York University
BA Drama and Performance Studies – University of Toronto