Dr Sascha Fuller
Pacific Node Coordinator
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (Sociology and Anthropology)
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Appointment of Pacific Node Coordinator strengthens the University of Newcastle’s (UON’s) commitment to the region to deliver co-operative solutions to challenges faced by Pacific island communities through in-country capacity building, knowledge generation and sharing.
Pacific island countries are striving to balance the needs and economic aspirations of growing populations, with the maintenance of healthy environments and natural ecosystems. To facilitate this delicate balance, UON has partnered with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to create a Pacific island research ‘node’. A strategic initiative administered by leading research institute NIER, the Pacific Node will provide a flexible framework to support the resilience and sustainability of the Pacific’s most at-risk communities who are under increasing environmental, economic and social pressures.
Dr Sascha Fuller, an anthropologist with over 15 years research and field experience on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Mexico will coordinate the Pacific Node, located at SPREP’s headquarters in Apia, Samoa. Sascha’s research interests are focused on the intersection of climate change with other environmental, sociocultural, political and economic issues, in particular gender, out-migration, education, land use practices and development assistance, which present both risks and opportunities for rural and regional livelihoods and resilience.
As the Pacific Node Coordinator, Sascha is responsible for implementing initiatives of the Research Roadmap, a strategic plan outlining the partnership between UON and SPREP. Her role is focused on the mutual objective of both parties to deliver cooperative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges faced by the Pacific island people in critical areas of environmental need and national priority. These initiatives will be further reinforced trough the establishment of a Doctoral Training Centre and targeted PhD scholarships associated with SPREP projects, where Sascha is responsible for the provision of advice and support to both supervisors and students engaged in these regional projects.
Drawing upon her experience working in the international development sector, Sascha will be a key contributor to deliver UON’s strategy for international engagement in the Pacific region and will drive the advancement of research cooperation between academics and multiple stakeholders in an international environment to develop innovative sustainable solutions to ensure Pacific people’s livelihoods and culture remain intact.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
- climate change
- development studies
- environmental change
- English (Mother)
- Nepali (Working)
Fields of Research
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ANSA (Australian Network of Student Anthropologists) Travel Grant Award
ANSA - Australian Network of Student Anthropologists
Australian Anthropological Society Robyn Wood Travel Grant
Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
The Architectural Science Association (ANZASCA) Best Research Paper Award (Education)
ANZASCA - The Architectural Science Association
Faculty Medal: Sociology/Anthropology, University of Newcastle, Australia
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Ben Sanford Cullen Award (Research Scholarship), University of Sydney, Australia
The University of Sydney
Peter Lawrence and Carlyle Greenwell Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney
The University of Sydney
UMAP (University Mobility in the Asia-Pacific region) Newcastle – Mexico Research Scholarship, University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (3 outputs)
Hosseini Faradonbeh S, Salleh A, Goodman J, 'From Sociological to 'Ecological Imagination': Another Future is Possible', Environmental Change and the World s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies, Mythologies, Routledge, London 96-109 (2016) [B1]
|2009||Fuller SR, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Student motivation and participation in architectural education: Academic staff perceptions', Computing, Cognition and Education: Recent Research in the Architectural Sciences, ANZAScA, Sydney, New South Wales 143-154 (2009) [B1]|
|2009||Ostwald M, Williams AP, Fuller SR, 'The professional accreditation of architecture programs: Academics' perceptions', Computing, Cognition and Education: Recent Research in the Architectural Sciences, ANZAScA, Sydney, New South Wales 127-141 (2009) [B1]|
Journal article (1 outputs)
Williams LT, Germov J, Fuller S, Freij M, 'A taste of ethical consumption at a slow food festival', Appetite, 91 321-328 (2015) [C1]
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This paper examines the motives and experiences of attendees at a Slow Food festival to gain an understanding of how people engage with ethical consumer proje... [more]
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This paper examines the motives and experiences of attendees at a Slow Food festival to gain an understanding of how people engage with ethical consumer projects. Slow Food is a global social movement aimed at promoting food that is regionally, ethically, and sustainably produced, and convivially consumed. The movement uses culinary tourist events, such as food festivals and farmers' markets, to promote its philosophy and attract new members. There have been no empirical studies of ethical consumption using a Slow Food event as a case study. This study uses an ethnographic approach and a framework of virtue ethics to explore the views of people attending a major Slow Food festival in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in situ with 33 participants (19 consumers and 14 stallholders) to discover their rationales for attending the festival, and their perspectives on ethical consumption. Transcripts were coded and thematically analysed, resulting in three themes reflecting varying degrees of public virtues (altruistic motivations) and private virtues (personal wellbeing): the quest for virtuous lifestyles through ethical consumption, the importance of co-production, and the challenges of putting ethical consumer projects like Slow Food into daily practice. The findings reveal the manner in which virtue ethics affects foodways and highlights the contingent and challenging nature of practising ethical eating.
Conference (3 outputs)Edit
Dr Sascha Fuller
Pacific Node Coordinator
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
Research and Innovation Division
Sociology and Anthropology