Sustainable Food Systems and
Post-Carbon Resilient Cities
Melbourne School of Design
University of Melbourne
Seona is a food and urban systems researcher with a background in engineering, international development and environmentally sustainable design.
She has over a decade of experience working on practical, culturally appropriate projects for communities in rural and urban settings. Her work in developing communities includes assessing greenhouses in the Himalayas, floating vegetable gardens in Cambodia and energy technologies in the mountains of Timor Leste. Closer to home, she has experience researching the impact of innovative approaches to urban gardens, renewable energy projects and food system assessments around inner Melbourne.
Her work focuses on the quantifiable aspects of systems analysis - she enjoys crunching the numbers to broaden our understanding of the complex relationship between humans, our urban environments and our basic need to access food.
Much of Seona's work explores the link between land and resource use with food availability. She is also focussing on the effect of innovative approaches to emissions reduction in urban precincts. Scenario modelling helps her explore the impact of different food and urban policies and identify intervention points to improve our future.
Seona has a particular interest in exploring ways to ensure our cities are sustainable and resilient, now and into the future. She is currently looking at ways to integrate and network food systems with existing services such as water, waste and energy.
Seona is on a mission to ensure urban planners are thinking creatively about how future city residents are able to access fresh, local and sustainable produce. This ultimately benefits both their own health and that of our environment.
Senior Researcher: Sustainable Food Systems and Post-Carbon Resilient Cities
MSc - Evolutionary Optimisation of a Solar Sailing Solar Polar Mission
DEPARTMENT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING