Dr Rachel Carey is a Lecturer in Food Systems in the School of Agriculture and Food, where her teaching and research focuses particularly on the governance of sustainable food systems.
One of Rachel’s key research interests is the resilience and sustainability of city food systems in the face of growing challenges from population growth, urban sprawl, climate change and from declining supplies of natural resources, such as land, water and fossil fuels.
Rachel leads the Foodprint Melbourne project
, which is investigating the role of Melbourne’s foodbowl in increasing the resilience of the city’s food supply. The project team is working with a wide range of stakeholders to plan interventions to increase the resilience and sustainability of the city's food system. Project partners include the City of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, the Interface Councils and the Peri-Urban Group of Rural Councils. The project is funded by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.
Rachel’s research has also focused on the governance of 'free range' and other higher animal welfare labelling, and analysis and development of food polices. She has a particular interest in integrated food policies and in cross-sector and collaborative approaches to developing food policy.
Rachel has worked on food policies for the City of Melbourne and the City of Greater Geelong, and she is a member of the Melbourne Food Alliance. Rachel has a PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) and a Masters degree in Food Policy from City University (UK).