Heels in the Field 2013 Discussion Series

The curriculum in Global Studies and the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases is pleased to present the biannual Heels in the Field: Global Health Discussion Series.

“Climate Change, Food Security, and Population Health” with Dr. Colin Thor West

Friday, February 22nd |   12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  |   Room 2008/2010, FedEx Global Education Center

Please RSVP to laram@email.unc.edu if you plan to attend. Light Snacks Served.

The first speaker of the spring series, Dr. Colin West, will discuss critical issues, innovations and research on population health at the intersection of climate change and food security.

Colin is an ecological anthropologist who investigates human-environment interactions. He has been working among Mossi smallholder farmers in northern Burkina Faso for over a decade. His research focuses on how Mossi households adapt to changing climatic, social and economic conditions given the challenges of the Sahelian environment. Colin specializes in integrating his ethnographic approach with innovative new techniques such as agent-based modeling (ABM), geographic information systems GIS, and remote sensing (RS). This allows him to ground the perspectives of individuals within larger analyses of regional climate change, vegetation trends, and population growth. He has begun to incorporate global health issues into his fieldwork and turned his attention to studying improvements in household food security in a region synonymous with famine, hunger and poverty.


Mark the dates: The spring series will continue to explore the critical issues, controversies and innovative solutions in global health with UNC experts on:

Global Rights of access to HIV drugs and Clean Water, Dr. Benjamin Meier - March 27th at 5:30 pm in room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center AND

Cervical Cancer and Human Papilloma Virus,  Dr. Jennifer Smith - April 10th at 5:30pm in room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center

The “Heels in the Field: Global Health Discussion Series” occurs each semester and presents a unique forum for open learning and discussion on critical and current health issues with experts in the field.  The series showcases UNC’s innovative and outstanding talent in global health.  To sign up for notifications or to be added to the listserv please contact  laram@email.unc.edu