ARC Discover Project, Trade policy: maximising benefits for nutrition, food security, human health, and the economy

Project leader(s)

This ARC Discovery Project (2013-2015) will develop a systems-based conceptual framework for assessing the wider societal impacts of free trade agreements, with a focus on food and nutrition, and will provide the first empirical evidence that quantifies the potential diet-related health effects of an FTA. It will provide policymakers and other key stakeholders with guidance on ways to strengthen cross-sectoral capacity to develop trade policy that integrates economic, social and health goals. The focus is on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement currently under-negotiation.

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Sharon Friel and Kyla Tienhaara on the leaked TPP investment chapter

10 April 2015

The latest part of the TPP to be leaked is its investment chapter. And like almost everything we know about the secretive negotiations for the agreement, it provides plenty of cause for concern.


Dr Phil Baker

Hailing from New Zealand I initially trained in molecular biology and nutrition at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Masters of Health Science in 2006. After some time in the private...

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Professor Sharon Friel

Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet...

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Eleanor Malbon

Ellie Malbon believes working to create an equitable, just and sustainable world is the responsibility of community, government and universities.

These beliefs underpin her work on...


Sunil Ponnamperuma

Sunil has researched social science and public policy issues for several years in Sri Lanka and Australia for projects focusing on governance, public policy and international trade in the contexts...

Trade, investment & IP 440x440

Trade, investment and intellectual property

This cluster looks at the impacts of the trade, investment and intellectual property regimes on the regulatory sovereignty and capacity of states and the consequences that flow from those impacts.

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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