There is no industry more deeply connected to lifestyle, culture and tradition than food and agriculture. For her Luce Scholar year in Japan, Jillian will work with Promar Consulting, one of Asia’s leading business development and research consulting firms specializing in assisting food, drink, agricultural and fishery organizations. Founded in Tokyo in 2000 with a branch office opening in Beijing, China in 2008, Promar Consulting has a client base representing the entire food supply chain, from farmer cooperatives to exporters, importers, processors and retailers, as well as trade associations, government agencies, international organizations and multinational corporation.
In May 2017, Jillian Correia will graduate from Wake Forest University as a Reynolds and Presidential Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics and a minor in Studio Art. Jillian developed a passion for addressing the serious health implications of food insecurity while volunteering for a Native American permaculture institute on the Kha’Po Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico. There, Jillian facilitated The Pueblo Food Experience, a diet-improvement initiative where tribal members solely eat foods indigenous to their region and culture, equipping Pueblo peoples with the resources and inspiration to regain their health and traditional permaculture practices.
As an independent researcher, Jillian’s work examines political, socioeconomic, and institutional factors that influence food intake and human wellbeing.She first set out to uncover the complexities of the multinational food system in UK primary schools, where her extensive field work and ethnographic research revealed the intricacies of children’s eating practices. She has since presented her research at the 9th Annual International Conference on Sociology in Athens, Greece, and the findings, published in a peer-reviewed journal, serve as inspiration for schools and policy makers looking to improve lunch practices through grassroots change. Jillian’s subsequent research looks comparatively at food systems in the UK and Switzerland, and most recently, her work analyzes Multinational Time Use Survey Data to quantify time spent eating as a determinant of Body Mass Index. At Wake Forest University, Jillian guest lectures for Freshman Year Seminars and other courses on cognitive development, ethnographic research methods, international food culture and policy, and independent research processes and proposals. Currently she is a President’s Aide for the Office of the President, serving as liaison between the President and the student body. She is also Associate Editor and referee for Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, where she promotes food systems as a serious field of inquiry by offering theoretical and editorial guidance. Jillian plans to pursue a career where she may continue leading efforts to address the serious political and economic challenges facing global food security. In her free time, she enjoys vegetable gardening, cooking, and creating sculptures and Raku pottery.