The Faculty of Environment is hosting the last Dean's lecture of the Fall term as part of our Environment Seminar Series. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 28, 2019, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, and join us for a complimentary lunch and free lecture by Steffanie Scott and Jeffery Wilson.
Professor Steffanie Scott, Geography and Environmental Management
China-Canada lessons and paradoxes in seeking food system sustainability
What does the food movement look like in China? What is the Chinese government, locally and nationally, doing to ensure food security and a safe food supply for its population? What can Canada learn from these bottom-up and top-down experiences?
Steffanie Scott is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. She is co-author of the 2018 book, Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom Up Ecological Initiatives. Her research digs into sustainable food systems, ecological agriculture, and organic sector developments in China and Canada. She is past president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies (2012-14) and past co-chair (2007-11) of the Food System Roundtable of Waterloo Region. Check out her websites on China’s Changing Food System and on Ecological Agriculture in China. She also co-manages a LinkedIn group on China’s Changing Food System.
Professor Jeffrey Wilson, School of Environment, Enterprise & Development
Foundations of flourishing communities, a discussion on the role of natural and social capital
The presentation will discuss three research ideas in various stages of development examining the role of natural capital and social capital as building blocks of flourishing communities. The first research idea will explore the messy relationship between environmental priorities, attitudes and household sustainability performance. The second idea will present a conceptual framework to understand the business case for investments in urban greenspace. The third idea will propose an ethos of caring as a unifying concept in sustainability.
Jeffrey Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development and director of Terrametrics Research Lab, a think-tank that brings together academics and practitioners to advance low carbon pathways. Jeff has worked at the interface of economic, environmental and wellbeing research and policy for over 18 years. Jeff’s research specializes in sustainability transitions, natural capital accounting, and wellbeing measurement. His research has been well recognized winning national and international awards. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, grey literature, and several book chapters. As an academic, Jeff takes pride in staying abreast of leading edge thinking on sustainability innovation and economic development. He is committed to research that advances flourishing communities and supports a culture of caring. He is a Research Associate with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, member of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and visiting fellow with the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo Jeff ran a boutique consulting firm specializing in sustainability measurement and strategy to advance low carbon pathways.
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