Paul van der Werf’s PhD thesis wins 2019 Starkey-Robinson Award from the Canadian Association of Geographers

Congratulations to HEAL Project Advisor Dr. Paul van der Werf, who received the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) ‘Starkey-Robinson Award for Graduate Research on Canada’, which recognizes high quality graduate research.

Paul completed his PhD at Western University’s Department of Geography, in November 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland. His research focused on better understanding why household food waste is produced and developing and testing methods to reduce its generation.

Professionally, Paul is recognized as a waste management expert. Over the last 27 years this has included compost facility management, owning and operating an environmental consultancy and the ongoing provision of consulting services.

Paul is continuing his research at the HEAL and this includes ongoing manuscript preparation, mentoring students and undertaking new food waste research.

 

 

For more information about Paul’s research, see some of his publications and speaking engagements below:

Thesis-Related Publications

van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J., Gilliland, J. (2019). Food for Naught: Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Better Understand Household Food Wasting Behaviour. Canadian Geographer.

van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J., Gilliland, J. (2018) The quantity of food waste in the garbage stream of southern Ontario, Canada households. PLOS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198470

van der Werf, P., Gilliland, J. (2017). A systematic review of food losses and food waste generation in developed countries. Waste and Resource Management. 170(2):66-77. https://doi.org/10.1680/jwarm.16.00026

 

Thesis-Related Presentations

van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J, & Gilliland, J. Using Self-Reported and Curbside Household Food Waste Estimates to Better Understand Food Wasting Behaviour. Presentation at the joint International Geographical Union Regional Conference and Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Quebec City, QC, August 6 – 10, 2018

van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J., Gilliland, J. 2018. Food for Naught: Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Better Understand Household Food Wasting Behaviour. Oral Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 11, 2018.

van der Werf, P., Gilliland, J. 2017. The Quantity and Composition of Household Food Waste in the Disposal and Diversion Streams in Toronto, Canada. Annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA (April).

van der Werf, P., Gilliland J. 2016. The Quantity of Food Waste in the Disposal Stream of Ontario, Canada Households. Annual meeting of Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, USA (Mar 29)

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