Advancing Food Insecurity Research in Canada
Presenters: Herb Emery (University of New Brunswick) (PDF slides), Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois) (PDF slides), Catherine Mah (Memorial University) (PDF slides), Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary) (PDF slides), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto) (PDF slides)
At this opening plenary, PROOF Researchers will present an overview of PROOF’s work.
Insights from Other Countries
Presenters: Colleen Heflin (University of Missouri) (PDF slides), Rachel Loopstra (University of Oxford) (PDF slides), James Ziliak (University of Kentucky) (PDF slides)
Chair: Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois)
At this plenary, three leading food insecurity researchers from the US and UK will provide an international perspective on research in this field, reflecting on what they see as the important directions going forward.
The Social Construction of Food Insecurity
Presenters: Elizabeth Dowler (University of Warwick) (PDF slides), Elaine Power (Queen’s University) (PDF slides), Janet Poppendieck (City University of New York)
Chair: Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary)
Drawing on perspectives from the UK, US, and Canada, speakers will discuss the emergence and evolution of food insecurity as a problem in high-income countries, considering why certain “frames” or ways of understanding have gained traction in the public discourse and policy arenas while others have not. Speakers will reflect on what they see as critical issues in moving beyond food based, charitable responses toward more effective responses.
Using Research to Inform Advocacy
Presenters: Diana Bronson (Food Secure Canada), Mary Ellen Prange (Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH)) (PDF slides), Lauren Goodman (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK))
Chair: Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
Speakers from organizations that are leaders in advocacy for policy reforms to address food insecurity in Canada will discuss how they see the interface between research and advocacy. They will reflect on what has been most useful, existing gaps in knowledge and other challenges associated with using research, as well as what advocacy opportunities lie ahead.
Future Research Directions
Hasan Hutchinson, the Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion will provide a government perspective on household food insecurity in Canada.
This presentation will be followed by an open discussion on future directions for food insecurity research in Canada. To start this conversation, three researchers will share their reflections and insights gained over the conference period.
Discussants: Lynn McInytre (University of Calgary), Elaine Power (Queen’s University), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
Chair: Catherine Mah (Memorial University)