Profile: Peter Foggin

Universit de Montr al, Montr al, Qu bec, Canada, and International Coordinator, Plateau Perspectives (Canada). Peter’s research interests include the health status and risk factors of geographically isolated populations and integrated, sustainable community development, moving into this field quite naturally through its health component. He is also an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Ottawa and Lanzhou University (Gansu, China)

Peter Foggin completed his Ph.D. at McGill University after having studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and at the Universit de Montr al. His doctoral dissertation was in urban geography (modeling land use change in Montreal). However, during a three year hiatus working with a humanitarian agency in Haiti, he became intrigued by questions related to disease and preventive health care in a developing world context. Upon his return to Canada, he joined his present department, which has remained his base. To facilitate his switch from urban to health geography he obtained funding to study the health status and risk factors of the Inuit and Cree of northern Quebec. This was the beginning of a 25-year pursuit of this issue in relation not only to native peoples in Canada but to geographically isolated populations in East Asia. One of his teaching passions is the human geography of China. Peter’s current research deals with maternal and child health and sustainable community development in an area of the Tibetan Plateau in the south of Qinghai Province in western China. He has held four SSHRCC research grants over the past fifteen years enabling him to carry out this type of work in Mongolia, Southwest China, and on the Tibetan Plateau. His most recent publication on this work (together with his colleagues) may be accessed through: http://www.plateauperspectives.org/downloads/healthstatus.pdf. More recently, another focus has been the capacity-building of a Canadian environmental protection and sustainable development-oriented NGO on the Tibetan Plateau ( www.plateauperspectives.org ). Peter is also working regularly on a writing project to do with the cultural landscapes of the Miao minorities of Southwest China. Peter may be contacted at p mfoggin@nullgmail.com

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