Event Summary: Liv Yoon on Envisioning Alternative Socio-environmental Futures through Sociocultural Kinesiology

The second Sport and the Environment webinar featured Liv Yoon and was titled: Envisioning Alternative Socio-Environmental Futures Through Sociocultural Kinesiology

Dr. Liv Yoon is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Earth Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research is at the intersection of climate change, social inequities, and health, with a focus on community engagement work. She obtained her PhD from UBC with a dissertation about the destruction of Mount Gariwang for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. It was her training in sociocultural kinesiology at UBC that shaped her thinking about bodies in sociopolitical contexts. Applied to climate change, this means thinking about how some bodies are considered more ‘dispensable’, and in turn, rendered more vulnerable to climate-related risks and pollution. She is a member of Columbia University’s Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities (EJCJC) Network and a Fellow with the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC).

Throughout this webinar Liv looks to answer; how are sport/leisure, climate change, social inequities, and health related? How we understand these links in the context of climate change as a threat multiplier?
These questions will guide her presentation as she explores how her PhD work (‘Mount Gariwang: An Olympic Casualty’), and more broadly, how her training in sociocultural kinesiology informed her postdoctoral projects around environmental and social justice. Going beyond sport, she considers the crucial role that sociocultural kinesiology – thinking about bodies in context – can and must play in envisioning alternative socio-environmental futures.