Our Keynote Speaker - Gwen Chapman
Gwen Chapman is Program Director of the Food, Nutrition and Health program and Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She has taught nutrition courses at UBC for the past 23 years, including Introductory Nutrition, Consumer Aspects of Foods, and Community Nutrition. She is proud to count many BC Home Ec teachers among those she has taught.
Gwen has also had an active research career, exploring how people’s everyday food practices and concerns are embedded in the social and cultural context of their lives. She is co-author of a forthcoming book discussing the food practices of Canadian families. The book focuses on the varied ways contemporary concerns about healthy, ethical, and cosmopolitan eating play out for women and men, for teens and their parents, for people in urban and rural communities, and for people in different social class locations. Gwen is also a co-investigator with Think&EatGreen@School, a research partnership with UBC, the Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Coastal Health, and a number of non-profit organizations. The project addresses sustainability and health issues within school food systems by promotion of school gardens, bringing foods produced at school and other local foods into school food programs, redesign of school food programs and spaces, and integration of food, health and sustainability issues across the curriculum.
Gwen is looking forward to sharing some of her research experiences at the THESA conference, and reflecting on how Home Economics Education can enhance people’s experiences with food in their everyday lives.