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Gilliland’s research featured in Canadian Geographic

Insights by Western Geography professor Dr. Jason Gilliland are featured in the April 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic. In the article entitled “The Geography of Obesity”, writer Paul Webster discusses ongoing research by Jason and his team in the Human Environments Analysis Lab on how good urban planning and design can help promote population health and reverse rising obesity rates by making it easier to be physically active and eat healthy. Webster writes that “Jason Gilliland has turned the entire city of London – with its walkable historical core surrounded by concentric rings of largely unwalkable modern suburbs – into a laboratory”. Some of the maps that Jason and his team in the HEALab have created are available online at: [Link]

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 Security both Locally and on a
National Scale

Dr. Jason Gilliland, Western Geography and Director of the Urban Development Program, contributed insights into the issue of food security in Canada, and London, Ontario specifically, as he addressed the media at the London Food Bank’s annual spring food drive kickoff.  Jason first commented (LINK TO STORY 1 BELOW) on a recent report by Statistics Canada concerning food affordability and security in Canada, with Statistics Canada reporting that food insecurity rates held stable in Canada from 2007-12, the latest period for which numbers are available, affecting over 1 million households, or 5% of children and 8% of adults.  Jason also spoke to CBC, CTV and other media (LINK TO STORIES 2-6 BELOW) about food insecurity and poverty in London, and potential solutions.  Along with Glen Pearson, Co-Director of London's Food Bank, he called 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][STORY 3] [STORY 4][STORY 5] [STORY 6]

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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