Law Lecture Theatre 1, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay CampusSummary:
How should we source and eat food in a new era of human planetary impact?
- Dr Duika Burges Watson, Newcastle University, UK
A comforting fish finger dinner with a refreshing can of beer: What’s not to like?
The idea of the Anthropocene is shaking up how we think about our planetary impacts. In the face of ocean pollution, the loss of biological diversity, and climate change impacts on agriculture, how should we source and eat food in this new era? For many, the Anthropocene marks a profound turning point heralding a new way of thinking about the relationship between humans and the planet. Do we give up hoping we can change things? Should we change how we eat and drink? In response to such questions, this lecture offers a way of thinking and feeling about food differently: from source to senses.
About the Speaker
Dr Duika Burges Watson leads the Altered Eating Research Network with Professor Vincent Deary, health psychologist and author of the trilogy ‘How to Live’. Duika is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, UK, and a graduate of the then School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, where she did her doctorate with Professor Elaine Stratford. Duika sits on the steering group for the Anthropocene Research Group and leads an innovative interdisciplinary Masters course, Global Health in the Anthropocene. A health geographer, Duika’s research considers food from source to senses and how our experience of food may be altered. With BBC Award Winning cook Sam Storey, she leads flavour masterclasses for the general public and those living with altered eating difficulties; and with postgraduate students, health professionals and researchers introduces ‘food play’ as a research method for working with people for whom food has lost its joy.
Refreshments from 5.30pm.