Food Governance: The Role of Law, Regulation, and Policy in Meeting 21st Century Challenges to the Food Supply

Food Governance

1-3 November 2016, University of Sydney

Food is fundamental to human existence, and plays an important role in social, economic, and cultural life. Yet population growth, climate change, and marketization challenge the ability of the global food system to deliver safe, adequate, nutritious, and sustainable food to the world's population.

Co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre, the Food Governance Conference explored the role of law, regulation, and policy in promoting food security and safety, improving nutrition and preventing obesity and non-communicable disease.


Conference Report

Conference Report

The conference attracted over 60 speakers and 180 participants. Keynote speakers included Professor Corinna Hawkes and Professor Boyd Swinburn, both international experts in food and nutrition policy. Presentation topics ranged from Chilean anti-obesity initiatives to food safety regulation in Southeast Asia, and the conference also had a strong focus on nutrition and diet-related health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The next Food Governance Conference is planned for 2018. A report from the 2016 conference is now available, along with the conference program, presenters’ slides and abstracts. The Food Governance Node at the Charles Perkins Centre will be hosting a showcase of food governance research at the University of Sydney in early November 2017. Please contact for details.


Sponsors of 2016 Food Governance Conference

The George Institute for Global Health The University of Sydney Cancer Research Network