TEU Branch President Southern Institute of Technology and tutor of Environment Management Anna Palliser has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research urban food security and food sovereignty. The Fulbright Scholarship will see Palliser travel to Providence, Rhode Island, conducting her research from the Johnson and Wales University over four months later this year. The scholarship provides Anna the opportunity to further her academic career, looking into urban food production in Providence, and is just one example of research excellence from our Polytechnic sector.

Anna hopes her research will provide her with a greater understanding of how urban food production may help communities faced with food shortages, and whether practices in Providence allow for the growing and harvesting of food, and sharing of skills, in culturally appropriate ways. Following the release of the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and the Government’s Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, research such as Anna’s are vital to discussions on dealing with adverse events which can drastically inhibit forms of modern food production and distribution.

According to Anna, “I think we are beginning to realise all over the world as well as in New Zealand that having the skills and space to grow food in our urban environments provides resilience against poverty and against various problems associated with climate change. This includes a lack of fuels, weather events and natural disasters, all of which could severely disrupt the ability of cities to bring in food from elsewhere”. As Te Koeke Tiriti, the framework to advance TEU Tiriti relationship states, “Awhi atu, awhi mai, We take actions that seek to improve the lives of the most vulnerable”.

The TEU congratulates Dr. Palliser on receiving the Fulbright Scholarship and acknowledges the importance of her research.