Faculty

Dr. Shirley Thompson

Associate Professor

Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2M6
Tel.: (204) 474-7170
Fax: (204) 261-0038
E-mail: s.thompson@ad.umanitoba.ca
Website: Environmental Research

Education

B.Sc.(Hons.) University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1988
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1993
Ph.D. Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2002.

Research Interests

Environmental Service Delivery: Adequate infrastructure is necessary for ecosystem health, resource conservation and to reduce climate change. Built environment (infrastructure and management of resources including food, waste management and sustainable energy) is studied at the nexus of food security, environment, health and community development in Aboriginal communities.

Many Aboriginal communities (First Nation reserves and communities with large Aboriginal or Métis populations) lack adequate infrastructure and food production and distribution facilities (e.g., greenhouses, gardens, livestock or hunting arrangements to ensure local food security) in the northern prairies (Auditor General of Canada 2003; INAC 1997; Frideres and Gadacz 2005; Gelinas 2005; Miko and Thompson 2003; Thompson 2004).

Interdisciplinary methods applied have so far included: a survey administered through the Northern Association of Community Councils, case studies of four successful programs, interviews with key informants, and three workshops with focus groups.

Food security/sovereignty and sustainable livelihoods Food sovereignty combines food security and sustainable livelihoods to both feed the family and provide jobs (Thompson et al, 2012, 2011; Isla and Thompaon, 2003; Isla, A., S. Molloy, A. Miles, S. Thompson and D. Goldin Rosenberg, 1996).

My food-related research projects presently includes looking at the social economy of food (e.g., farmer's markets, community gardens, community shared agriculture, etc) and three students studying country food and foodsecurity in northern, Aboriginal communities in Manitoba, as part of a northern SSHRC funded project. These are participatory research projects where action plans for food security are being developed with communities considering implementing country food programs, community gardens, land use, food co-operatives and the present access to food through Northern stores and hunting/gathering.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Article (Academic Journals since 2007)

Hossain, B.M.S., Rahman M. F., Thompson S., Rashed-Un-Nabi, M. and Kibria M.M. (accepted, 2013). Climate Change Resilience Assessment Using Livelihood Assets of Coastal Fishing Community in Nijhum Dwip, Bangladesh. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 21 (2).

Thompson S., Wiebe, J., Gulrukh, A. and Ashram, A. (2012). Analyzing Food-related Economic Development in Indigenous Communities in Northern Manitoba for Impacts on Food Sovereignty, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research. 3 (2).

Zurba, M., Islam, D. Smith, D. and Thompson, S. (2012). Food and healing: an urban community food security assessment for the North End of Winnipeg. Urban Research and Practice 5 (2): 284-289.

Fieldhouse, P. & Thompson, S. (2012). Tackling Food Security Issues in Indigenous Communities in Canada: The Manitoba Experience. Nutrition and Dietetics. 69 (3), 217–221, DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01619.

Rahman, R. Uddin, S. & Thompson, S (2012). Effective Governance Strategy: Key to Sustainable Collaborative Management in a Wildlife Sanctuary in South-Eastern part of Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 3 (2).

Thompson, S., Gulrukh Kamal, A., Ballard, M., Beardy, B., Islam, D., Lozeznik, V. and K. Wong (2011). Is Community Economic Development Putting Healthy Food on the Table?: Food Sovereignty in Northern Manitoba’s Aboriginal communities. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 7 (2), 15-40.

Islam, D. & Thompson, S. (2011). Neechi Commons expansion offers greater possibilities for community economic development to Aboriginal Fishermen in Northern Manitoba and the North End of Winnipeg. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 7 (2), 1-6.

Si, M., Thompson, S., Calder, K. (2011). Energy efficiency assessment by process heating assessment and survey tool (PHAST) and feasibility study of waste heat recovery in the reheat furnace at a steel company. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Nankwo, U., Thompson, S., Bokelmann, W., Peters, K. & Bett, H. (2010). The Need for Information Sharing Among Stakeholders: Lesson for Sustainable Biotechnology Adoption. American-Eurasian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 4(3): 374-385.

Thompson, S. & Duggirala, B. (2009). Reducing fossil fuel use in an off-grid community: The cost-benefit analysis of demand side management and different renewable energies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 13, 2740–2745, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2009.06.027.

Thompson, S., Sawyer, J., Bonam, R., & Valdivia, J.E. (2009). Building a better waste generation model: Validating models with recovery rates at 35 Canadian landfills. Waste Management, 29, 2085-2091.

Thompson, S. & Quddus, F. (2009). Gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh. Development Forum, 2 (1), 5-6.

Thompson, S., Sawyer, J., Bonam, R., & Smith, S. (2008). Modeling landfill gas generation to determine targets and strategies to reduce greenhouse gases. The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 34 (1), 27-34.

Nichol, S. & Thompson, S. (2007). Policy options to reduce consumer waste to zero: Comparing product stewardship and extended producer responsibility for refrigerator waste. Waste Management & Research, 25 (3), 227-233.

Referred Books and Book Chapters

  • Fredericks, S., Shen, L., & Thompson, S. (Eds). (2012). Natural Resources and Sustainability. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Great Barrington: Berkshire.

  • Thompson, L. and Thompson, S. (2012). A Process to Determine One Organization’s Environmental Management System. In H. Dupont. In Environmental Management: Systems, Sustainability and Current Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Thompson, S. (2008). Environmental justice in education: Drinking deeply from the well of sustainability. In J. Gray-Donald & D. Selby (Eds). Green frontiers: Environmental educators dancing out of mechanism (36-58). Rotterdam: Sense Publications.

  • Thompson, S. (2008). Evaluating the Northern Healthy Food Initiative to determine its impact on food security and self-sufficiency in northern Manitoba. In M. Campbell, D. Walker, J. Davin & M. Halowaty (Eds). Healthy parks, healthy people: 2008 Proceedings of seventh annual parks and protected areas research forum (27-36). Winnipeg: Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, University of Manitoba.
  • Non-refereed contributions including many magazine publications:

  • Thompson, S. and Lozeznik, V. (2012). Harvesting Hope in Northern Manitoba: Can participatory video help rebuild Aboriginal Food Sovereignty? Women and Environment International Magazine, 88, 10-13.
  • Thompson, S. and Gulrukh, A. and A. Murthy. (2011). Back to Traditional Aboriginal Food. Alternatives Journal 37(2), p. 13.
  • Thompson, S. (2010). Determining Gender Sensitive Climate Change Adaptations in Bangladesh: Application of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework for Gender Empowerment. New York: World Bank (Nilufar Ahmad). 46 pages.
  • Si, M. and Thompson, S. (2010). Energy optimization at Gerdau Ameristeel. University of Manitoba report to Gerdau Ameristel. 54 pages.
  • Thompson, S., Gulrukh, A. Fulford, S., Wong, K. & Zahuriuk, S. (2009). Is healthy food on the table? An Evaluation of the Northern Healthy Food Initiative by people on the ground. University of Manitoba report to Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada. Winnipeg, 82 pages.
  • Si, M. and Thompson, S. (2010). Energy optimization at Gerdau Ameristeel. University of Manitoba report to Gerdau Ameristel. 54 pages.
  • Duggirali, B. & Thompson, S. (2009). Building occupant analysis of ELA (Experimental Lakes Area): Opportunities to reduce energy costs by analyzing various renewable energies and their environmental impacts while improving building occupant comfort. Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Winnipeg, 53 pages.
  • Thompson, S., Ballard, M. & Zahuriuk, S. (2009). Is healthy food on the table? An Evaluation of the Northern Healthy Food Initiative by people on the ground: preliminary findings. Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. Winnipeg, 28 pages.
  • Thompson, S. & Thompson, L. (2009). Focus group Findings with Northern Healthy Food Initiative Management Team. Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. Winnipeg, 13 pages.
  • Smith, S. & Thompson, S. (2008). A plan for the utilization of Brady Road Landfill gas at the University of Manitoba. A feasibility study status report. Winnipeg, 14 pages.
  • Thompson, S. & Duggirali, B. (2008). Energy and housing workshops for First Nation communities: Voices of First Nations and Northern Affairs’ communities. Natural Resources Canada. Ottawa, 16 pages.
  • Sawyer, J. & Thompson, S. (2007). User guide to model methane generation from landfills for Canada (with model). Environment Canada. Ottawa, 15 pages + model.

Presentations

Thompson, S. (2012). The Food We Eat. Visionary Lectures at University of Manitoba. Winnipeg,
Thompson, S et al. (2012). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Human Rights Film Festival.
Thompson, S et al. (2012). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Growing Local Film Festival.
Thompson, S et al. (2012). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Winnipeg Reel Green Film Festival.
Thompson, S et al. (2011). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Rural Secretariat Federal Employee Workshop, Ottawa, ON.
Thompson, S et al. (2011). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Aboriginal and Northern Development Federal Employee Workshop, Ottawa, ON.
Thompson, S et al. (2011). Harvesting Hope in northern Manitoba. Women’s World, Ottawa, ON.
Thompson, S., Nwanko, U., Gulrukh, A., Wong, K., Lozeznik, V. & Klatt, R. (2010). Growing Hope in Northern Manitoba communities. CIFST/AAFC Conference, Winnipeg, May 2010.
Kamal, A., Mailman, M., Fennel, K., & Thompson, S.  (2010). Promotion of traditional foods, gardening and chicken production. Eating Healthy at Nelson House. Prionet Conference, Ottawa.
Thompson, S., Mailman, M., Fennel, K. & Gulrukh, A. (2009). 58% rates of children’s food insecurity in Northern Manitoba Communities is too high. Prionet Conference, Ottawa.
Thompson, S.,Mailman, M., & Gulrukh, A. (2009). 58% rates of children’s food insecurity in Northern Manitoba Communities is too high. 5th Annual Children’s Health Symposium. Winnipeg,

Other Research Contributions

Media Produced
  • Ballard, M., Klatt, R. and Thompson, S.(2012). Flooding Hope: The Lake St. Martin First Nation story. [Video]
  • Thompson, S (co-Director/ co-Producer), Tait, V. & Klatt, R. (2012). Women reclaiming our power: A gendered view of First Nation colonization.
  • Thompson, S. (co-Director/co-Producer), Lozeznik, V. & Klatt, R. (Editor). (2011). Harvesting Hope in Northern Manitoba Communities. [Trailer]). 37 minutes.
  • Thompson, S. (Director/Videographer/Editor), Lozeznik, V. & Klatt, R. (Editor). (2009). Growing hope in northern Manitoba communities. [Video]).
  • Eidse, D. & Thompson, S. (2011). The Burntwood Journey: Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative in Northern Manitoba. Commissioned by Burntwood Regional Health Authority, Thompson. 27 minutes.
  • Eidse, D. & Thompson, S. (2011). Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative in Manitoba. Commissioned by Assiniboine Regional Health Authority. 22 minutes.