New research funding announcement: Dismantling stigma

New research funding announcement: Dismantling stigma

FoodARC’s Director, Dr. Patty Williams recently received funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a new research project called Dismantling stigma: Exploring experiences of and views on food insecurity, social exclusion, and shame among women through participatory action research.

Department of Applied Human Nutrition – Insight Grant Recipient ($76,784)

This project will explore the everyday experiences of women dealing with household food insecurity (HFI), bringing understanding of how social ideas and stigma contribute to social exclusion among women experiencing household food insecurity.

Informed by the knowledge that informal and formal education shape opinions about the attributes of poverty and food insecurity, the project will seek to bring to light the existing values and beliefs motivating current views on HFI.

Joining Dr. Williams and FoodARC’s partners in this project are three Mount faculty: Dr. Jennifer Brady of Applied Human Nutrition, Dr. Manfred Egbe of Sociology/Anthropology and Applied Human Nutrition, and Dr. Deborah Norris of Family Studies and Gerontology.

Through group cooking sessions in a shared community space, researchers and participants will discuss their experiences and emotions of coping with HFI in Nova Scotia.

Through interviews the researchers will explore perceptions of people who experience HFI; ways in which existing income and social policy and programs support (or not) those experiencing HFI to access basic needs; and ways society, programs, policies, and institutions could transform and become less stigmatizing.

The final aim is to co-design an online and interactive exhibit and a discussion guide to complement a scenario-based board game about HFI to amplify, and centre the voices of people experiencing HFI.

Find more information on the 2018 SSHRC grants: Mount faculty receive new funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council