ARC Discovery Project, Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating

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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 environmentally sustainable diet, and are therefore constrained in their ability to support people to eat in a healthy and sustainable way.

This ARC Discovery Project Grant (2013-2015) builds on, and complements the foundational climate change, food systems and health research which is predominantly concerned with the articulation of a healthy and sustainable diet and the cross-sectoral policy responses needed to achieve it. The aim of the project is to identify the changes needed in consumer behaviour to improve the environmental sustainability of their diets and identify ways in which these changes could be achieved.

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Modelling shows Australia could become food insecure

24 November 2015

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.

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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...


Dr Sarah W. James

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...

Climate, energy & the environment cluster

Climate, energy and the environment

This cluster has four broad regulatory and governance research themes: identifying obstacles and options for effective energy governance; analysing state and private governance mechanisms for mitigating climate change; examining the opportunities and constraints of the green economy in transforming infrastructure and urban development; and exploring creative regulatory solutions to transnational environmental problems.

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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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