Congratulations to QUT Centre for Justice member Associate Professor Deb Duthie (pictured 3rd from left), and her project team, who have been awarded an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant to work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from QUT, University of Southern Cross and Diabetes Australia to co-design a food sovereignty model with Indigenous communities.
The research team comprises Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from five disciplines: Associate Professor Duthie – social work; Dr Lee Wharton – exercise science; Associate Professor Kate Murray – psychology; Associate Professor Leah East from the University of Southern Queensland – nursing, primary health care; Professor Danielle Gallegos – nutrition; and Deanne Minniecon, partner investigator from Diabetes Australia.
“Wakka Wakka Warumungu woman Associate Professor Debbie Duthie, from QUT School of Public Health and Social Work, said food sovereignty was considered an essential element of health of First Nations people.
“Food sovereignty is a core human right that privileges Indigenous knowledges and methodologies to co-design local strategies for addressing food insecurity,” Professor Duthie said.
“We aim to develop place-based food sovereignty models with both rural and urban Indigenous communities to build sustainable food systems.
“This project’s outcomes will ultimately lead to tailored strategies to foster food sovereignty and develop resources to preserve language and cultural foodways that can be integrated into educational programs.”