Kerrie Pickering's Confirmation Presentation

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Kerrie Pickering's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Kerrie Pickering, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Socio-ecological change and implications for food security and human health in Fiji.

Presenter: Kerrie Pickering.

When: Thursday, 26 April from 9-11am.

Where: Building E, EG.13

Abstract: Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, are experiencing rapid changes in climate and society with implications for food security and human health. These changes are already affecting local food production and food access, with less known about how these changes translate to affect human health. The Food Secure Pacific Working Group calls for greater information about food security and associated issues being experienced across the Pacific to develop evidence-based policies and actions. The proposed research respond to this knowledge need and will examine how recent socio-ecological changes are affecting food security and implications for human health in two villages, one near urban and one geographically remote, located in Nadrogra-Navosa Province, on Viti Levu, Fiji. Data will be collected with villagers using semi-structured interviews, free listing and non-invasive biometric data (height and weight). The research is novel in that it examines the relationships among climatic and societal changes, food security, and human health; and considers the role, if any, that peripherality has on the research findings.

Bio: Kerrie is a doctoral student with the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast and Brock University, Canada. Her research interests occur at the intersection between climate and societal changes, food security, and human health. Following an international nursing career Kerrie completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Environmental Studies) 2010 and a Master of Arts (Geography) 2013 at Brock University, Canada. Her past research includes assessing the adaptive capacity of the Ontario wine industry for climate change adaptation and bird watching as a way to reconnect nursing home residents with nature to increase their wellbeing. Kerrie is president of the Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canada.

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