Visiting lecturer and Senior Research Associate UNSW Dr Michalis Hadjikakou delivers an Insight Seminar at GCI.
Visiting lecturer and Senior Research Associate UNSW Dr Michalis Hadjikakou delivers an Insight Seminar at GCI.

By 2050, the world’s food production will need to increase by 70 per cent to feed an estimated population of 9.6 billion people.

Climate change, water shortages, declining fisheries, scarcity of arable land and the diversion of food crops to plant-based fuels and livestock feed present additional challenges for meeting the global food demand.

Our Food Systems program focusses on meeting the production, access and nutrition needs for our future world under a changing climate. Through key research and projects, our researchers and partners are tackling the following questions:

  • How can communities meet these global change challenges and provide a food secure future for growing populations? 
  • What are the opportunities and mechanisms to assist in meeting these goals?
  • Can we attain communities that are sustainable amid such fundamental and rapid change?
  • How can we reverse the current decline in the health of land-based, coastal and oceanic systems which these communities rely upon for food and livelihood sources?

Food Systems Leaders

Program Director:  Professor Bill Bellotti
Program Manager: Dr Grace Muriuki


Food Systems Discussion Papers

A Research Agenda for Food SystemsDiscussion Paper No. 1
A Research Agenda for Food Systems (1 MB, PDF)

Abstract
This paper sets out an agenda for food systems research.  The local and immediate context for this task is the fledgling Food Systems Program located in the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, but the opportunity and need for food systems research is growing rapidly both in Australia (PMSEIC, 2010) (Ridoutt et al., 2014) (Keating et al., 2014) and internationally (Foresight, 2011)  (GFS, 2015) (IPES, 2015). We will come to the question of what is a food system shortly, but in brief, it encompasses those familiar food supply chain activities from production to consumption, plus the key outcomes we derive from those activities including food security, environmental consequences, economic activity and health impacts.

Discussion Paper No. 2
Urban Food systems – a renewed role for local governments in Australia (5 MB, PDF)

Abstract
Urbanisation is one of this century’s most transformative trends, with over half the world’s human population now living in cities. City governments are increasingly aware of their potential role and responsibilities in managing the increasingly complex urban spaces in the face of rapid population growth, climate change, high ecological urban footprints, rising inequalities, and profound nutrition transitions. This profound urban shift has significant implications for governments, individuals, urban households, and rural communities.


Learn more about our projects and activities

 

 

 

 

 

Download the Food Systems Brochure (PDF, 560 KB).

 

 

The Global Change Institute collaborates with researchers across The University of Queensland to meet the challenges of change.

GCI' food systems research involves input from several UQ schools, institutes or centres including:

Food Systems Affiliates

Professor Kaye Basford
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dr Paul Belesky
UQ Institute for Social Science Research

A/Professor Andrew Borrell
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation

Professor Wayne Bryden
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

A/Professor Jim Cavaye
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Professor Rob Cramb
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Professor Paul Dennis
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dr Malcolm Duthie
UQ School of Social Sciences

Ms Rowan Eisner
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dr Glen Fox
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation

Dr Anthony Halog
UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

Professor Graeme Hammer
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation

Dr Paul Jagals
UQ School of Population Health

Professor Dave Jordan
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence
UQ School of Social Sciences

Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes
UQ School of Veterinary Sciences

Dr Jane O’Sullivan
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Science

Professor Hugh Possingham
UQ School of Biological Sciences

Professor John Quiggin
UQ School of Economics

Dr Daniel Rodriguez
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation

Professor Helen Ross
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Science

A/Professor Susanne Schmidt
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dr Carl Smith
UQ School of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Connect with us