DR Rachel Carey

DR Rachel Carey




  • Dr Rachel Carey is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in food policy and sustainable food systems. She is a member of the Food Policy Research Group in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, where she works on the ARC-funded research project ‘Regulating food labels: the case of free range food products in Australia’. 
    Rachel leads the Foodprint Melbourne project , which is investigating what it takes to feed Melbourne and the role of Melbourne’s foodbowl in increasing the resilience of the city’s food supply. Project partners include the City of Melbourne, the Interface Councils and the Peri-Urban Group of Rural Councils. 
    One of Rachel’s key research interests is the resilience 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 analysis and development of food polices, and 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. She has a PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) and a Masters degree in Food Policy from City University (UK).   


Selected publications



Education and training

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


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My primary research interests are in the areas of food policy, sustainable food systems, water and food security, the resilience of city food systems, local food policies, and urban and peri-urban food production. I am available for PhD co-supervision at this time.