My specialization is Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare of Farm Animals. My research and teaching focus on how various housing and management practices affect the behavioural biology and welfare of farm animals. My students...
Immigrant families settling the land, quilting bees, and ploughing matches are examples of some of the social and economic topics of early Ontario that link my work to the larger expertise of this University concerning agriculture and rural communities.
I study two related questions: the role of technology in environmentally sustainable development, and the role of public policy in influencing production and consumption choices I have examined these questions in Canada, Asia, central and south America and southern Africa.
My latest research focuses on Latin American identity and culture. My other areas of study are play and improvisation/survival in Latin American "Boom" literature and culture, and the position of women in the honour culture.