PhD Project

My PhD focuses on the role of community food networks in food system governance processes, particularly around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It asks how Australian community food networks with a food justice orientation understand, articulate, and contest the SDG agenda and its implementation, and how these processes and outcomes are informed by particular governance models. In so doing, it also aims to make space for ‘thinking past’ current governance models and imagining alternatives better aligned to a food justice position.

The PhD project is part of Dr Kiah Smith’s ‘Fair Food Futures’ DECRA, which aims to advance theoretical and policy-relevant knowledge about how community food networks contribute to sustainable and just food systems, and the governance challenges they face.


  • Master of Arts (Program in the Social Sciences) in Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2014 – 2015
  • Honours Class I in Anthropology, University of Queensland, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2009 – 2012  

Professional Experience

  • Research Analyst, CSIRO, 2016 – 2019
  • Research Assistant, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2014 – 2015
  • Research Assistant (casual), academic anthropology projects, 2014 – 2016

Research interests

  • Food justice and food sovereignty
  • Food systems and food regimes
  • UN development processes  
  • Governance