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Academic Profile - Dr Lilly Cleary


Dr Lilly Cleary is a specialist in the field of food studies and gastronomy. Lilly was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Drawing across a diversity of academic scholarship, she examined the underlying assumptions and implications of narratives of trust and social change in alternative food provisioning networks. She holds a Master of Arts (Gastronomy) from the University of Adelaide, and has an undergraduate degree in Applied Science.

Lilly played an integral role in the development of the William Angliss Institute Bachelor of Food Studies and the Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy. She currently teaches in both programs, with a special interest in performative and sensory practice, food governance and policy, more-than-human dynamics in food production, and transdisciplinary research and knowledge systems. Previously she has taught at the University of Melbourne, and is a member of the Cheese Scholars Collective.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (Gastronomy), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Sydney

Contact details

T: +613 9606 2665

Areas of expertise

  • Gastronomic approaches to food studies
  • Alternative food systems
  • Food governance and policy
  • Trust and the food system
  • Sensory Education
  • Transdisciplinary practice and research


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List of research publications

Journal articles

  • Donati, K., Cleary, L., & Rose, N. (2016). Cultivating the Critical Food Artisan: the emergence of an undergraduate food studies program in Australia. Victorian Journal of Home Economics, 55(1), 24-29.
  • Donati, K., Cleary, S., Pike, L. (2010). Bodies, Bugs and Dirt: Sustainability Re-imagine in Community Gardens. In G. Lawrence, K. Lyons, & T. Wallington (Eds.). Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability (pp. 207-222). London, England: Earthscan.
  • Cleary, S. (2012) What did she Call that Cheese? In H.G. West, H. Paxson, J. Williams, C. Grasseni, E. Petridou, & S. Cleary (2012). Naming Cheese. Food, Culture & Society, 15(1), 7-41.