This study aims to assess the underlying vulnerability of rural south west Pacific communities in the face of unprecedented environmental, social, and cultural change, which will be broadly categorized under the term Global Change. The intention is to use a shock, or, disturbance to the food system, with an emphasis on environmental hazards, to discover the exposed vulnerability of the communities’ food system. This relates to the now established position that hazards only become detrimental when a hazard impacts and exposes historically constructed vulnerability of the site of inquiry. Vulnerability always has environmental, social, and political dimensions and as such this research will be holistic in its approach.  This study will also focus on the context specific nature of culture as a key component of food systems and livelihoods more generally.

Advisors:  Dr  Bradd Witt, Dr Karen McNamara

Project members

Guy Jackson

Guy Jackson

PhD candidate