Amber Heckelman

Research: Amber is a PhD Candidate in Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems. For her dissertation, Amber is carrying out a participatory research project that measures and explores the climate resilience of smallholder rice systems in the Philippines, and identifies targeted inventions for enhancing climate resilience given existing socioecological conditions and the lived experience of farmers. More broadly, Amber is committed to creating sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems through public scholarship and knowledge mobilization. Her research often draws from a socioecological systems framework and political ecology to generate a comprehensive perspective on human–environment relations. She also uses participatory methods to facilitate knowledge exchange and mobilization during the research process. Her past research spans across the globe, covering Costa Rica, Haiti, Brazil, Canada, and the Philippines; as well as covers a range of topics including, food security, food sovereignty, agroecology, climate resilience, food assistance, and landscape management.

Background: Amber holds a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a M.S. in Environmental Science, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and a Certificate in Agroecology & Participatory Action Research. Amber is a Public Scholar and Bullitt Environmental Fellow, as well as a Co-Founder of UBC’s Food Systems Network and a Co-Coordinator for UBC’s Philippine Studies Series. For a more detailed background, please visit Amber’s Linkedin profile.

AdvisorDr. Hannah Wittman, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Supervisory Committee: Dr. Sean Smukler, Faculty of Land & Food Systems; Dr. Nora Angeles, School of Community and Regional Planning; and Dr. M. Jahi Chappell, Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience at Coventry University

In-country Mentors: Dr. Chito MedinaMagsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Agricultural Development); and Dr. Teodoro Mendoza, School of Agriculture at the University of Philippines Los Baños.