Dr Alana Mann

Chair of Department
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2249

Website Food, People and the Planet (Sydney Environment Institute)

Biographical details

Dr Alana Mann joined the University of Sydney in 2007 after a professional career in the media and non-profit sectors. Her teaching and research focus on how ordinary citizens get voice in policy debates regarding wicked problems such as food security and climate change. Her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift was published in 2014.

Currently, Alana is involved in cross-disciplinary research projects concerning food systems with colleagues in the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Charles Perkins Centre. She is on a Faculty-wide project team exploring the crisis of ‘post-truth’ discourse, funded through the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI, 2017), and is co-CI on an Education Innovation project based in Glebe, the Social Justice Learning Lab. Her international collaborations include a comparative study of ‘land-grabbing’ with researchers in Brazil and South East Asia.

Alana regularly speaks about her research at public events such as Sydney Ideas, Raising the Bar and Outside the Square, and has been an invited speaker at events such as Food and Words. She is Chair of the SEI Food@Sydney seminar series.

Research interests

  • The communication strategies of grassroots organisations, social movements and international humanitarian NGOs
  • Transnational civil society and advocacy in human rights and food politics
  • Framing processes, issue emergence, discourse analysis and mechanisms of representation
  • Communication structures and processes in globalisation, particularly in relation to concepts of political community and network theory

Teaching and supervision

Consultation Times

Wednesday 3-5pm

Current research students

Project title Research student
Analysis of Al-Jazeera�s Coverage of Bahrain�s Uprising and Syria�s Chemical Attack Based on the Peace Journalism Model Zainab JASIM
DIRECT VOICE: Building stronger networks for stronger university cultures. Rebecca JOHNSON
The Struggle for Openness in the Digital Era Catherine MAGGS

Associations

  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • Member of International Communication Association (ICA)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2017

  • The Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse; Enfield N, Wight C, Mann A, Keane J, Schlosberg D, Murray J; DVC Research/Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 (SREI).

2015

  • Everyday Social Media Network; Goggin G, Vromen A, Martin F, Bednarek M, Bollmer G, Brevini B, Calvo R, Chen P, Chesher C, Driscoll C, Dwyer T, Elliot A, Hutchinson J, Mann A, Martin G, Michael M, Navarria G, Race K, Rolph D, Tormey S, Weatherall K; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Mann, A. (2014). Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Hobbs, M., Mann, A. (2015). Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Mann, A. (2013). Food sovereignty in a post-Organic era. In Bruno Mascitelli, Antonio Lobo (Eds.), Organics in the Global Food Chain, (pp. 201-229). Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing.

Journals

  • Mann, A. (2015). Communication, Organisation, and Action: Theory-building for Social Movements. Communication Research and Practice, 1(2), 159-173. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2015). Food Sovereignty: Alternatives to Failed Food and Hunger Policies. Contemporanea, 18(3), 445-468. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2013). Bursting the 'Brussels Bubble': The Movement Towards Transparency on European Farm Subsidies. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 10(2/3), 47-54.
  • Mann, A. (2011). No Corn, No Country: Mexican Farmers Opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17(2), 197-211.
  • Mann, A. (2009). Communicating the right to food sovereignty: The voice of the Campesino in the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform. PRism, 6(2), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2008). Spaces for talk: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and genuine dialogue in an International Advocacy Movement. Asian Social Science, 4(10), 3-13.

Conferences

  • Mann, A. (2012). Power-shift: Changing dynamics and scales of action in food politics. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

Other Works

  • Mann, A. (2011). Lobbying the UN to Advance Peasant Rights. Claiming Human Rights: The Accountability Challenge, (pp. 18 - 22). Heidelberg, Germany: FIAN International.

Research Reports

  • Mann, A. (2008). State of the News Print Media in Australia 2008 | Journalistic practices and the quality of journalism: Churnalism, December 2008, (pp. 5/2 - 5/4). Sydney, Australia: Australian Press Council.

2015

  • Mann, A. (2015). Communication, Organisation, and Action: Theory-building for Social Movements. Communication Research and Practice, 1(2), 159-173. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2015). Food Sovereignty: Alternatives to Failed Food and Hunger Policies. Contemporanea, 18(3), 445-468. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M., Mann, A. (2015). Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2014

  • Mann, A. (2014). Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013

  • Mann, A. (2013). Bursting the 'Brussels Bubble': The Movement Towards Transparency on European Farm Subsidies. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 10(2/3), 47-54.
  • Mann, A. (2013). Food sovereignty in a post-Organic era. In Bruno Mascitelli, Antonio Lobo (Eds.), Organics in the Global Food Chain, (pp. 201-229). Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing.

2012

  • Mann, A. (2012). Power-shift: Changing dynamics and scales of action in food politics. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

2011

  • Mann, A. (2011). Lobbying the UN to Advance Peasant Rights. Claiming Human Rights: The Accountability Challenge, (pp. 18 - 22). Heidelberg, Germany: FIAN International.
  • Mann, A. (2011). No Corn, No Country: Mexican Farmers Opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17(2), 197-211.

2009

  • Mann, A. (2009). Communicating the right to food sovereignty: The voice of the Campesino in the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform. PRism, 6(2), 1-12. [More Information]

2008

  • Mann, A. (2008). Spaces for talk: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and genuine dialogue in an International Advocacy Movement. Asian Social Science, 4(10), 3-13.
  • Mann, A. (2008). State of the News Print Media in Australia 2008 | Journalistic practices and the quality of journalism: Churnalism, December 2008, (pp. 5/2 - 5/4). Sydney, Australia: Australian Press Council.

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