2 April 2019
Please join us at the SRC (IC1.49A) at 12:00pm on Tuesday 2 April, Friday 12 April and Tuesday 16 April for the following Brown Bag lunch presentations:
Ecologist and Nature Photographer Rahula Perera will give a talk on ‘Sri Lankan biodiversity.’ His presentation will incorporate images portraying the natural beauty, different ecosystems and the integrated wildlife of Sri Lanka. Rahula has more than 20 years’ experience as a field biologist, trainer, nature photographer and nature based tourism product developer.
Prof Gary Pickering from Brock University in Canada will give a talk entitled ‘Frankfurter or Frankenfood? Understanding and optimizing consumer acceptance of ‘clean’ meat’.
Clean meat (aka ‘lab-grown meat’ and ‘cultured meat’) is produced using tissue-engineering technology where animal muscle cells are cultured in a bio-reactor, independent from the animal. Traditional animal agriculture, and red meat production in particular, account for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to other undesirable environmental impacts. Given our current climate crisis, the wider food science community has a moral imperative to make practises and offerings more sustainable; in the process this can catalyse the development of unique products and marketing opportunities. A significant benefit of clean meat is greatly reduced energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and both land and water use. Despite these environmental advantages, several potential barriers exist to consumer acceptance, including taste and attitudinal. These considerations informed the current pilot study, where we surveyed
214 college-aged adults to assess opinions and beliefs towards clean meat, and determine how the food disgust and food neophobia constructs mediate these attitudes. A second objective was to assess the impact of messaging framed around the ‘naturalness’ of clean meat on potential acceptance and consumption of the product. Our findings are considered in the context of existing literature, and implications for the nascent clean meat industry are discussed.
Gary Pickering is a full Professor in Biological Sciences, Psychology, and the Environmental Sustainability Center at Brock University in Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the Sustainability Research Center at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He took his PhD from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and has since published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, proceedings, and patents. His research interests are varied, generally focused on flavour science and environmental psychology.
Dr Julia Baird from Brock University in Canada will give a talk entitled ‘Water resilience: a research agenda for a complex and uncertain world’.
Resilience has been identified as a promising concept for water governance and management in the Anthropocene. Enthusiasm for resilience is evident in scholarship and (importantly) in practice, with the term ‘resilience’ becoming increasingly common in relation to goals of organizations, government agencies, and other actors. However, there are multiple definitions of resilience, and not all are considered equal when confronted with the complexity and uncertainty of the present day. I will describe a line of research I have been involved with over the past six years to assess how stakeholders and the public understand and think about their water resources, using a resilience lens. I will outline the main findings and some of the challenges, and describe a pilot study that takes this research in a new direction focused on assessing and enhancing resilience endorsement by individuals in all sectors of society. The pilot study focused on developing statements for each resilience principle, following the work of R. Biggs and colleagues, and measuring the extent to which a representative sample of Canadians and Americans agreed with and believed each principle was important. Demographic and psychological attribute data were collected as potential predictors. Results show that overall endorsement was high, with sufficient variability to create three resilience endorsement respondent groups. The results will be interpreted in terms of their contribution to the literature and future research directions.
Dr Julia Baird is a Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University in Canada. Her research interests are focused on human dimensions of water resources management and governance at a range of levels from individuals to international groups, and she uses a resilience lens in her work. The contexts within which Baird’s research is conducted are varied, ranging from biosphere reserves to watersheds to production landscapes. Baird’s interdisciplinary research is supported by her education in the social and natural sciences. She holds a PhD in Environment and Sustainability (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) and a MSc and BSc in Soil and Crop Science, respectively.