Saori Ogura is a PhD Candidate at Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and a UBC Public Scholar. She has been working with Indigenous communities in India and Zimbabwe, using art to revitalize their climate-resilient small grains cultivation. Her doctoral research involves understanding the meaning of traditional small grains cultivation to cultivators and community members in Japan. She uses arts-based participatory action research methods to pass down the ancestral seeds and knowledge to younger generations that are crucial for maintaining agricultural biodiversity and adapting to climate change. Saori was the recipient of the 2017 Nikon Salon Miki Jun Inspiration Award for her photographs documenting her time living in India’s Eastern Himalaya.
Areas of Interest: Climate Change Adaptation, Agricultural Biodiversity, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Occupational Science, Small Grains
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The Wall Catalyst Student Fellow cohort will first come together to engage in the online, interdisciplinary Facing Human Wrongs course and subsequently work together on a number of public-facing projects.
The course content touches upon systemic, historical and ongoing violence, unsustainability, our complicities in social and ecological harm, and our tendency to address complex problems, such as biodiversity loss, food insecurity, economic and political crises, and the potential for social and environmental collapse, with simplistic solutions. The course requires students to be willing to be uncomfortable and to have their perspective challenged.