Sarah James is a human geographer specialising in sustainable food systems and food planning. Her PhD research examined the impacts of urban encroachment on Sydney’s small-scale, culturally diverse farmers, and the implications for urban sustainability and local food production. Prior to coming to the ANU she worked on the ‘Feeding Sydney’ project at the Urban Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. More recently she lectured at Macquarie University on Resource and Environmental Management and Urban Planning. Her current postdoctoral research explores food system sustainability across a number of projects including the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Cluster: Urbanism, Climate Adaptation and Health; ARC discovery “Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating”; and ARC linkage “Modeling policy interventions to protect Australia’s food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges”.
Food systems, food policy, environmental sustainability, urban planning, urban governance
RegNet Visiting Fellow Sarah James has discussed the economic pressures facing local farmers and obstacles to buying locally in the Sydney region in an interview with local Sydney radio station 2se
Modelling suggests that we will become less food secure, with a substantially reduced capacity to export and that some of the foods which we take for granted, we will have to import in the future.
Projects exploring human rights in Hong Kong, sustainable food systems, torture and the Asia Pacific, transparency and integration of immigrants in Australia all receive RSAP funding.
ARC Discovery Project, Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating
Whilst the environmental footprint from food continues to rise, governments, industry and civil society groups throughout the world are frustrated by the lack of evidence for specifying an environment
ARC Linkage Project, Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia's food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges
Australia's future food security will be challenged by climate change, environmental and resource constraints.