Dr Alana Mann

Telephone +61 2 9351 2249

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

Biographical details

Alana Mann is Senior Lecturer 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 on the synergies between the participatory practices of rural and urban food movements 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. She also served as Chair of Department for Media and Communications at the University of Sydney in 2017 and will take up this role again in 2019.

Research interests

  • The political economy of communication in food politics
  • Theories and practices of collective action and mobilisation in agri-food and environmental movements
  • Participatory cultures and ecologies
  • Public policy and governance of food systems

Teaching and supervision

Consultation Times

Wednesday 3-5pm

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)
  • The Australasian Agri-Food Research Network

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2018

  • Food Policy Project; Mann A, Leib E; Office of Global Engagement/Travel Grants.
  • Addressing food insecurity through participatory social enterprise; Schlosberg D, Craven L, Mann A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Politics of Food: From Consumer to Food Citizen; Mann A, Schlosberg D, Probyn E, Jones B, Allman-Farinelli M; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2017

  • �Growing Food and Density Together�: Enabling Sustainable Urban Transformation through Local Food Production; Houston D, Mann A, McGregor A, Ghosh S; UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation/Research Support.
  • Participatory Planning for our Food Future: The Sydney City Food Policy Project; Mann A, Probyn E, Allman-Farinelli M, Schlosberg D, Pritchard W, Jones B; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.
  • 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).

2016

  • A comparison of the regional dynamics of large-scale land acquisitions or ‘landgrabbing’ in Australia, South America and South East Asia; Mann A; Office of Global Engagement/Joint Funding Scheme with FAPESP (Brazil).

2015

  • Sydney Social Justice Clinic 2037: Interdisciplinary Learning in Real-Life Settings; Celermajer D, Mann A, Clancey G, Rawsthorne M, Cashmore J; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • 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. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Mann, A. (2019). Common Ground: Mapping Connections between the Latin American and Australian Food Sovereignty Movements [Forthcoming]. In Fernanda Penaloza, Sarah Walsh (Eds.), Mapping South-South Connections: Australia and Latin America. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Food Sovereignty and the Politics of Food Scarcity. In Marcelle C Dawson, Christopher Rosin, Nave Wald (Eds.), Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation?, (pp. 131-145). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Food sovereignty: Deep Histories, Digital Activism and the Emergence of a Transnational Public. In Michelle Phillipov, Katherine Kirkwood (Eds.), Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Hashtag Activism and the Right to Food in Australia. In Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan, Stanley Ulijaszek (Eds.), Digital Food Activism, (pp. 168-184). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). The Politics of Place: Networking Resistance to Coal Seam Gas Mining. In Benedetta Brevini and Justin Lewis (Eds.), Climate Change and the Media, Volume 2. New York: Peter Lang. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M., Mann, A. (2015). Public Relations: Strategy, Tactics and Ethics. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • 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. (2018). Communication as Resistance in Food Politics. The Political Economy of Communication, 6(1), 36-58. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • 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.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Mann, A. (2018). Erasing Lines and Unsettling Truths: Lola Stayed too Long. The 'Anastasia' Project: Representing Heat through Performance, 1.

Other

  • Mann, A. (2018), Alana Mann: "El sistema alimentario global viene operando en modo posverdad desde hace décadas". Magazine. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Craven, L., Schlosberg, D., Mann, A. (2018). Addressing the SDGs through Food Business Incubation: FoodLab Sydney, (pp. 145 - 151). Milan, Italy: Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) and the Milan Food Policy Office.
  • 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.

2019

  • Mann, A. (2019). Common Ground: Mapping Connections between the Latin American and Australian Food Sovereignty Movements [Forthcoming]. In Fernanda Penaloza, Sarah Walsh (Eds.), Mapping South-South Connections: Australia and Latin America. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018

  • Craven, L., Schlosberg, D., Mann, A. (2018). Addressing the SDGs through Food Business Incubation: FoodLab Sydney, (pp. 145 - 151). Milan, Italy: Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) and the Milan Food Policy Office.
  • Mann, A. (2018), Alana Mann: "El sistema alimentario global viene operando en modo posverdad desde hace décadas". Magazine. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2018). Communication as Resistance in Food Politics. The Political Economy of Communication, 6(1), 36-58. [More Information]
  • Mann, A. (2018). Erasing Lines and Unsettling Truths: Lola Stayed too Long. The 'Anastasia' Project: Representing Heat through Performance, 1.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Food Sovereignty and the Politics of Food Scarcity. In Marcelle C Dawson, Christopher Rosin, Nave Wald (Eds.), Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation?, (pp. 131-145). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Food sovereignty: Deep Histories, Digital Activism and the Emergence of a Transnational Public. In Michelle Phillipov, Katherine Kirkwood (Eds.), Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). Hashtag Activism and the Right to Food in Australia. In Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan, Stanley Ulijaszek (Eds.), Digital Food Activism, (pp. 168-184). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mann, A. (2018). The Politics of Place: Networking Resistance to Coal Seam Gas Mining. In Benedetta Brevini and Justin Lewis (Eds.), Climate Change and the Media, Volume 2. New York: Peter Lang. [More Information]

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: Strategy, Tactics and Ethics. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2014

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

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.

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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