Associate Professor Alana Mann

(Project Lead)

Department of Media and Communications

Alana Mann is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), University of Sydney, Australia, and a key researcher in the University’s Sydney Environment Institute. Her research focuses on the communicative dimensions of citizen engagement, participation, and collective action in food systems planning and governance.

She is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project FoodLab Sydney (2018-2020) with partners including the City of Sydney and FoodLab Detroit, and is collaborating with Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on the project Growing Food and Density Together: Enabling Sustainable Place-making through Local Foodscapes in the Inner City, funded by Urban Growth NSW.

In 2018 Alana was a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She is the author of Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (2014) with a new monograph Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics due for publication in 2019.

Her professional experience includes roles in media, marketing, and public relations for organisations including Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, in Australia and the Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN International) in Germany. She served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) in a volunteer capacity for two years.