Nuesslein, Shirin

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Name: Shirin Nuesslein
Current position:
 Current MA Student (Sustainability Studies, Trent University)
Academic background: BA Honours Double Major in Environmental & Resource Studies and International Development Studies (Trent University)
Contact information: shirin.nasivvik@gmail.com

About the researcher:  

I am a current MA student exploring factors that influence health vulnerabilities in Indigenous populations. Specifically, I focus on key-factors influencing the food security status of Inuit Elders in Nunatsiavut, the Inuit Settlement Region of Northern Labrador. Findings will provide a more nuanced understanding of vulnerabilities to food insecurity experienced within the Inuit population and the conditions required to promote regional food security and health for all residents, including the most vulnerable sub-groups within an already food insecure population.

I come to this research having worked on several Indigenous environmental health research projects through the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments. I have a strong interest in working with Indigenous communities, particularly in the area of research and education to inform sustainable community development plans. This interest springs naturally from my Indigenous origins on my maternal side with my mother being from a remote Indigenous rainforest community on the island Borneo, Malaysia, that faces similar social and environmental changes and challenges as many Indigenous communities in North America. I have also gained cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity through living and working in several parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, South America and North America.