Humans require land, food, and water to survive. Human activities also produce waste that impacts these elements upon which we all depend. However, many sustainability challenges and trade-offs exist with regard to resource use and waste generation – who reaps the benefits and who carries the burden? How can we manage our resources more sustainably? How can we ensure access for future generations to an environment that is able to provide healthy food and water?
To answer these questions, IRES Researchers work to further key understandings of topics such as cropping practices, diets, land management and land use change, water quality and quantity, or waste issues, as well as the linkages between them. IRES’ work in these areas includes policy and governance concerns, examining how rules and institutions can affect our ability to effectively and equitably manage resources and waste.
What is the impact of small farms on global food security and sustainability?
This project explores the relationship between farm size, the amount and type of food produced, farming practices and environmental sustainability.
Poor access and availability to water can have negative impacts on public health, educational achievement, social status and gender equity. But what about non material dimension, such as stress, worry, or senses of exclusion?
This project aims to gather a better understanding of the non material dimensions of water insecurity in order to better address Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE)
What visual narratives do agroecological movement organizers use to mobilize urban supporters, allies and activists?
This project builds on a collaboration between the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC and CEPAGRO (the Centre for Promotion and Study of Collective Agriculture) in Santa Catarina, Brazil focused on better understanding transitions to agroecology.
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