Food is at the intersection of major sustainable development challenges: it connects climate change, water, energy, economics, gender, social inclusion, digital innovations, and human wellbeing. Globally, there is a need to conduct food research that benefits social and environmental systems. This requires food research to look beyond production, and focus on on value chains, markets, stakeholder values, and social equity.
> Food Systems
Our team at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures draws from a range of expertise to conduct food systems research in partnership with funders. We take a 'food systems' approach to understand and address issues across the food value chain and associated human and ecological drivers of change.
We design our research to identify:
- Feedbacks between different food activities and their associated human and ecological drivers
- The role of institutional and individual values and their influence on food activities
- Social and policy opportunities for sustainable food systems governance
- Leverage points to enable sustainable practices across the food system
- Emerging innovations to advance the use of spatial and digital technologies in food systems
As a research intensive institute, we are always adapting methods to meet societal and environmental challenges through research and practice. Our expertise includes:
- Vulnerability assessments of food systems
- Spatial mapping and urban planning
- Statistical analysis
- Systems thinking facilitation to build shared understanding of food systems
- Social network analysis
- Research impact assessment and program reviews
- Transformation pathways analysis
- Qualitative visioning and scenario design
- Qualitative interviews and workshops in a cross-cultural context
- Gender and inclusion sensitive design and research practice
- Nexus thinking and analysis
Our food systems expertise is grounded in transdisciplinary practice. We actively involve stakeholders and partners as collaborators through project design, conduct, monitoring and evaluation, and dissemination. We bring together different knowledge sets to provide technical outputs and practical recommendations that can lead to sustained adoption and impact.
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