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Social Science & Humanities Research Council Storyteller: Marylynn Steckley

Marylynn Steckley, a PhD Candidate in Western Geography, was featured in the most recent edition of Dialogue - SSHRC's eNewsletter - as a final five finalist of SSHRC's three minute storytellers competition. She is interested in the ecological and sociological impacts of the idiom “you are what you eat.” Marylynn studies how the pursuit of greater social status through conspicuous consumption of luxury foods and delicacies can shape food systems in ways that reproduce poverty and facilitate ecological destruction. Despite this, she argues that food systems and eating practices can potentially also be emancipatory. Her current research investigates local responses in rural Haiti to encroachment by the global food market—specifically, how peasant resistance manifests in dietary choices and farming practices. Marylynn has also conducted field research in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Haiti. [WATCH]

Taking a Fresh Look at Social Housing

Geography professor Michael Buzzelli, who teaches in the Urban Development program at Western, was recently featured in the Western News to discuss rethinking social housing in London, ON.  Buzzelli feels "there’s an opportunity to reintegrate those communities with the wider fabric of London. That requires some strategic thinking around planning and urban development." [ARTICLE]

Addressing Food availability both Locally and on a National Scale

Dr. Jason Gilliland, Western Geography and Director of the Urban Development Program, contribtued insights into two important public policy issues in Thursday's March 26 London Free Press. The first (LINK TO STORY 1 BELOW) concerned food affordability and security with Statistics Canada reporting that food insecurity rates held stable in Canada from 2007-12, the latest period for which numbers are available, affecting 5% of children and 8% of adults. In the second article (LINK TO STORY 2 BELOW) , Jason and Glen Pearson, Director of London's Food Bank, call for changes to the food distribution system in London, but only based on research underway or about to get underway by several city agencies. [STORY 1] [STORY 2]

Michael Goodchild to recieve Honorary degree from Western

Recognized as a global leader in the ever-evolving field of geographic information systems, Michael Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The former chair of Western's Department of Geography, Goodchild won the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud, considered the Nobel Prize for Geography, in 2007. He will be the recipient of a Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.), at the convocation ceremnony on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10am.

Library Scrambles to Nab Moon Egg

Geography Professor Philip Stooke's 38 year old egg, painted as Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, will soon find a new home in the U.S Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. [Western News]


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