Seona wants to improve the way cities engage with food, from urban and peri-urban agriculture to food waste.

 

Seona Candy is a research fellow with the Victorian Eco-innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne with a particular interest in the integration of food and other urban systems, such as waste, water and energy management, to improve the resilience of cities. Her recent research work used scenario modelling to link land and resource use with food consumption at a national level on the ARC Linkage project, Australian Food Supply Scenarios, and at a city level with the Foodprint Melbourne Project. Both of these projects looked at all aspects of the food system, from production to distribution and consumption including food waste. She was a co-investigator on the Foodprint Melbourne project.

She is currently working on two projects funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Visions and Pathways 2040 is concerned with developing visions, scenarios and pathways for transitioning to low-carbon in Australian cities. The Future Cities Node Project aims to identify opportunities across Melbourne where critical infrastructure services like energy, food, water and waste can be delivered in a way that is more distributed and investigates the impacts on carbon emissions and urban resilience.

She regularly lectures on the topics of urban food and resilience, food sensitive urban planning and design and general aspects of the food system such as food system challenges and vulnerabilities and sustainable options for future food production and supply. She has written three popular articles on food waste for the Conversation and has made a number of radio appearances to broaden the reach of her research on food systems and sustainability.

She has a background in engineering, renewable energy  and international development. Her PhD research focused on the use of appropriate solar technology, such as greenhouse and solar dryers, to improve food security and nutrition in remote mountain regions of Nepal. She has also worked on food security and energy related projects with communities in Australia, Cambodia and East Timor. 

 

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