DR Rachel Carey

DR Rachel Carey


  • Governance of sustainable food systems (Food policy and politics)



  • 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.
    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.
    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’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).   


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Education and training

  • MSc, City University 2010
  • PhD (Manc), The University of Manchester 1996
  • MSc, The University of Manchester 1993

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Engagement in Research Award 2019, University of Melbourne, 2019


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My primary research interests are in food policy, the governance of sustainable food systems, the resilience and sustainability of city region food systems, local food policies, urban and peri-urban food production and water and food security.