Theresa Thompson-Colón, PhD
theresa.thompson-colon [at]

Department of Sociology

Dr. Thompson-Colón is a sociologist and survey methodologist with more than 20 years of international experience in directing complex data collection efforts in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean region, and West Africa.

Starting in 2011, through her affiliation with McGill Institute for Global Food Security, Dr. Thompson-Colón has contributed to several large-scale multidisciplinary international research initiatives to undertake issues related to food security, malnutrition, health inequalities, gender disparities, and agriculture and rural development. Some of the Institute initiatives and research projects include: (i) the Nutrition Links Project (2013-2018), a joint research effort between McGill University and the University of Ghana (Accra) to build capacity through integrated agricultural, educational, nutritional, and economic interventions to improve livelihood and sustainability in Upper Manya Krobo District in Ghana; (ii) the Nutritious Potatoes Project (2016-2018), a collaboration with Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá) to design monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the scale-up an agricultural innovation model and its implementation; and (iii) the CARICOM Food Security Project (2011-2013), a joint research effort between McGill University and the University of West Indies (Trinidad-Tobago) to improve food and nutrition security in the Caribbean region. Dr. Thompson-Colón also contributes her time in building the research capacity and skills of graduate students affiliated to the Institute, as well as co-supervises, with Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, the research projects of several graduate students completing their master’s and doctoral program.

Before joining McGill University in 2011, Dr. Thompson-Colón was a Senior Project Director at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, where she designed survey instruments and managed data collection efforts using best practices and innovative sample management techniques for complex data collection projects. She also led an initiative to increase international survey research work and taught a graduate level class on Survey Methods for Public Health Professionals. Dr. Thompson-Colón holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.

Arlette S. Saint Ville, PhD

Arlette is currently working on the SANI and GROW projects in Sub-Saharan Africa led by CARE Canada, which aims to address under nutrition in women of reproductive age and children under five. Her research interests explore institutional processes affecting global food and nutrition security, inter-institutional gaps in natural resource management, and the intersection of conflict, food insecurity and governance. 

Arlette completed a Bachelor of Environmental Geography degree (Honours) at Nipissing University, a Master of Environmental Studies degree at York University, and PhD at McGill University. Her doctoral research used mixed methods to explain why scientific advances in agriculture, food and environment have not translated into sustainable food and nutrition security outcomes for the Caribbean as part of the McGill/UWI Caricom Project. Her work has appeared in journals such as Food Policy, Food Security, Rural Studies and Regional Environmental Change.

Before returning to academia, Arlette worked for over twelve years as an independent international development consultant in the Caribbean. She undertook high-level, short-term consultancies for diverse agencies across the region that included: Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Bank. During these assignments, she worked in collaboration with donor agencies to implement, provide technical support and evaluate diverse projects covering the fields of environmental management, agriculture and rural development and youth development.

Mohammed Al-Duais, PhD

Dr. Mohammed Al-Duais is a biologist, specializing in plant ecology and phytochemistry, with more than 15 years of experience in sustainability agroforestry and nature conservation. He has managed many projects and programs with food security components directly benefiting smallholder farmers and their ecosystem. Dr. Al-Duais has significant expertise in university teaching, project and NGO management, technical reporting and auditing, grant writing, products development, team supervision, and capacity building.

Dr. Al-Duais received his PhD in Biology from Friedrich Schiller University, Germany. He served as an Assistant Professor at Ibb University and as the director of the Foundation for Endangered Wildlife (FEW), both in Yemen, and was the Natural Science Specialist in the UNESCO Doha Office. He was a Fulbright Researcher at the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory of the University of Rhode Island in the USA for one year. He was also reinvited in summer 2013 to the Institute of Nutrition, Friedrich Schiller University, where he continued the phytochemical investigation on less-used vegetables from Yemen ethnobotany. He is currently involved in  interdisciplinary research on global food security, with a focus on developing novel methodologies, with a comprehensive ecosystem approach to tackling the cycle of poverty and malnutrition. Out of his research activities, many concept notes were submitted to partners; he co-founded “Harvest for Health Inc.”, a McGill startup focused on solving the globally increasing hidden hunger and its consequences.

Relevant to Dr. Al-Duais involvement in food security, he is a member in the food literacy committee, under Montreal West Island Community Resource Centre, and he is leading a permaculture project, under the "Moving Towards Sustainability" Fund of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue municipality.