Humans need protein, yet the way we currently make it and consume it presents a range of sustainability challenges.

The Future of Protein is a research project examining this multi-faceted problem. Led by Professor Ryan Katz-Rosene at the University of Ottawa, the project examines a range of efforts to achieve a more sustainable agri-food system, and considers the policy implications of the future of protein through six key themes: Global food security; nutrition and health; ethics and welfare; culinary change; climate change and biodiversity; and innovation and investment.

The project kicked-off with a research symposium – held in October 2018 – featuring the work of 24 leading experts in the field (both from the practitioner and scholarly communities). Transcripts, video-recordings, and podcasts of the event are now available for streaming.

The research team is now drawing from the wisdom shared by our panels of experts to produce a comprehensive policy package – containing all the ‘need-to-know’ context for both decision-makers and conscientious consumers alike as they confront the future of protein.

Also in the works: A short docufilm about the whole project aimed at driving interest in this important topic; independently produced by LittleBig Films.

For more information about this project, please check-out our media page or contact Professor Katz-Rosene.


Ryan Katz-Rosene, Ph.D

Principal Investigator

Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, based in the School of Political Studies and affiliated with the Institute of Environment. Off campus Ryan serves as the President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and helps out on his family’s organic farm near Wakefield, Québec.

Anil Arora

Research Assistant

Anil is a recent graduate of the Masters of Environmental Sustainability program at the University of Ottawa. While pursuing his Master’s, Anil’s research focused on the challenges and opportunities of a meat tax policy in Canada for climate change mitigation. Prior to completing his Master of Science degree, Anil completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at the University of Toronto. He is passionate about food sustainability, wildlife conservation, and climate change mitigation.

Andrew Heffernan

Research Assistant

Andrew is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He holds a joint honours degree in political science and history, an honours degree in globalization and international development and a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a specialization in environmental sustainability. Major research interests include African politics, global environmental governance, International Relations, and assemblages. He is author of “Africanizing the State: Globalizing the Discipline” published in the journal Nokoko. He also works as part of the editorial team for the CIPS graduate student journal Potentia, as well as an organizing member for the annual graduate student conference put on by CIPS.

Melissa Sonnemann-Samuel

Research Assistant

Melissa is a fourth year undergraduate who has recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa, and who will be pursuing a Masters of Arts in Labour Studies at McMaster in the Fall of 2019. She is enthusiastic about human and environmental rights, sustainable living, and the labouring bodies that work to make each of those possible. Exploring the Future of Protein as part of this RA has solidified the importance of diversity (of people, perspectives, and ideas) in paving a path towards a healthy, sustainable, and culturally appropriate future.

We’d also like to thank Shannon Sinclair for her support as the Conference Planning Assistant.


We are deeply grateful for the funding and administrative support received for this project from the following sponsors: