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Healthy food systems

Preserving a healthy planet while feeding the world

We look at ways that communities can access nutritional food while ensuring the natural systems their food comes from remain ecologically sustainable.

We believe that achieving sufficient, safe, ethical and nutritious food in a sustainable manner to meet the requirements of current and future generations without destroying biodiversity and natural ecosystems is one of the world’s greatest challenges. Our objective is to implement research that supports access to optimal food and nutrition as central to individual wellbeing, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

Our team studies challenges to nutrition, diversity and safety from all angles, with the ultimate goal of providing good nutrition through well-managed food systems in sustainable urban and rural environments.

Our current research projects include:

  • implementing participatory, nutrition-sensitive and gender-sensitive interdisciplinary research projects in  Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and in Australia
  • collaborating with public and private sector and civil society partners in Australia and globally
  • mentoring interdisciplinary cohorts of graduate students from Australia and partner countries.

We provide data and informed advice based on research regarding good nutrition, its production and delivery and the interrelationships between male and female farmers, gatherers, traders, agricultural, environmental and public health regulators, consumers and policymakers. We support policies for ecologically sustainable food systems that deliver, safe, ethical, feasible and healthy diets in Australia and other countries. Our research has contributed to improved evidence-based interdisciplinary research, policy environments and better practices and actions in line with our vision.

  • Associate Professor Robyn Alders, Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Project lead
  • Gemma Ashton, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Dr Brigitte Bagnol, Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Sinead Boylan, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Julia de Bruyn, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Charles Perkins Centre
  • Dr Susan Caves, Discipline of Geography & Environmental Studies, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Les Copeland, Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Luke Craven, Sydney Environment Institute
  • Mr Julian Cribb, Julian Cribb & Associates, Canberra
  • Dr Peter Daniels, Independent consultant
  • Professor Michael Dibley, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Jane Dixon, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
  • Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Professor Tim Gill, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Heather Grieve, Independent consultant affiliated with the Sydney Institute of Veterinary Science
  • Dr Nicoline de Haan, Poverty, Institutions and Gender, for Water, Land and Ecosystems; Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Danny Hunter, Senior Scientist, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy
  • Alexandra Iljadica, Youth Food Movement, Australia
  • Dr Brian Jones, Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Professor Richard Kock, Department of Pathology and Pathogen Biology, Royal Veterinary College and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, University of London
  • Associate Professor Mu Li, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Alana Mann, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Robyn McConchie, Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Dr Ro McFarlane, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
  • Kelly McJannett, CEO, Food Ladder
  • Professor Ben Oldroyd, Science, University of Sydney
  • Cormac O’Shea, Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Robert Park, Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Leanne Piggott, Business, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Bill Pritchard, Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Elspeth Probyn, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Gianna Bonis-Profumo, Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition - Young Earth Solutions Ambassador
  • Professor David Raubenheimer, Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Jonathan Rushton, Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group, Royal Veterinary College and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, University of London
  • Dr Deborah Schlichting, Independent consulting agricultural economist
  • Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott, Department of Government and International Relations
  • Vitali Sintchenko, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research
  • Darryl Stellmach, Charles Perkins Centre, Marie Bashir Institute and Sydney Institute of Veterinary Science
  • Dr Anne-Marie Thow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
  • Associate Professor Jenny-Ann Toribio, Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

Domains

  • Designing and implementing solutions
  • Describing populations
  • Societal context

Themes

 

Project lead

Associate Professor Robyn Alders
Associate Professor Robyn Alders
"The Charles Perkins Centre provides tailored infrastructure to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. The grouping of researchers with different disciplinary expertise enables insights into differing perspectives and methodologies."

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