The Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University is shining a spotlight on one of our very own graduate students, Kerrie Pickering.
An alumnus of Brock University and PhD candidate, Kerrie has been awarded the first-ever Sustainability Doctoral Scholarship through a partnership between Brock University and The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia.
Pickering will be researching the impacts of climate change on indigenous health under the mentorship of both Professor Ryan Plummer at Brock and Professor Tristan Pearce at USC.
She is currently working on her PhD in Sustainability and she holds a BSc in Environment and a MA in Geography from Brock University and was a former registered nurse.
“Climate change is the greatest threat to human health for present and future generations,” said Pickering. “Remote Indigenous people in Canada and Australia are especially vulnerable as they are experiencing rapid environmental change and currently have the poorest health outcomes within each country. To reverse these health disparities and support adaptation for indigenous people we need to understand what health means to them, what their health concerns are and what adaptive measures they are already utilizing.”
This collaboration has seen The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock and the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at USC work together on a major international initiative on climate change and water governance.
The sustainability doctoral scholarship covers tuition, living and travel expenses and was created to strengthen the partnership between Brock University and USC under the Memorandum of Understanding.
Way to go, Kerrie!