Fogo Island Arts presents a new digital talk in the Lost & Found Agency entitled Fogo Island in a Changing Ocean: Developing Foresight for the Future. Part of the public program of the current exhibition Shezad Dawood: Between Land & Sea, this talk calls on the themes suggested by Dawood to further investigate how climate change will impact the abundance and spatial distribution of marine life around Fogo Island. How will the people of Fogo Island respond to changes in the climate, ocean, and sea life around them? And how might researchers, artists, and the people of Fogo Island work together to prepare for long-term changes and challenges? This talk calls attention to approaches for creative collaboration among researchers, artists, community leaders, and the fishing industry to strategically work towards a future that Fogo Island wants in a time of great uncertainty.
Paul Foley is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Institute at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with a Masters degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a PhD in Political Science from York University. His research is situated in social science fields of political economy and political ecology and is primarily developed through interdisciplinary collaborations, with much of his work focusing on oceans policy, fisheries management, and coastal community development. He is currently a co-investigator on the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean research project and co-principal investigator on the Ocean Frontier Institute project Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI): Designing Safe, Sustainable and Inclusive Coastal Communities and Industries for Atlantic Canada. Paul grew up in Tilting, Fogo Island and currently resides just outside Corner Brook in western Newfoundland.