The Climate and Health Interdisciplinary Research Programme (CHIRP) at Leeds is based in the Priestly International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. CHIRP@LEEDS is a joint collaboration across the climate and global health themes, and partners the Leeds School of Earth and Environment, and the Leeds Institute for Health Sciences, including the Nuffield Centre for Global Health and Development. Led by Professor Lea Berrang-Ford, the programme integrates interdisciplinary expertise across Leeds faculties, including strengths in public health, epidemiology, medicine, engineering, climate science, nutrition, and geography.
Carol is excited to share her field report about her two trips to Peru where she worked with the Shawi Amazon Indigenous People. The two trips completed the necessary fieldwork required for Carol's PhD thesis. For those of you unfamiliar with Carol's work, her thesis investigates the current vulnerability of Shawi Amazon Indigenous people to food insecurity in order to identify potential adaption interventions that might mitigate risks to climate change.
Carol's field report touches on a variety of pertinent discussions surrounding the appropriate conducting of fieldwork, including connecting with communities, creating meaningful relationships with guides, and incorporating members of the indigenous community into the research process.
Carol's field report also offers personal insights. As a Peruvian Medical Doctor, she could not close her eyes "to the reality of indigenous health systems" and feels that the field work was essential in evolving her "perspectives about individual and collective Indigenous well-being."
You can read the full field report here: Carol's Field Report.
Malcolm Araos, Stephanie E. Austin, Lea Berrang-Ford, and James D. Ford. Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in Large Cities: A Global Baseline. Int J Health Serv 0020731415621458, first published on December 24, 2015 doi:10.1177/0020731415621458
TRAC3 lab members Malcom Araos and Stephanie Austin have published a new article in the International Journal of Health Services (IJHS). Entitled "Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in Large Cities: A Global Baseline", the authors "develop and apply systematic methods to assess the state of public health adaptation in 401 urban areas globally with more than 1 million people, creating the first global baseline for urban public health adaptation."
Initial findings are exciting and encourage further research - they found "that only 10% of the sampled urban areas report any public health adaptation initiatives."