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Academic Profile - Dr Nick Rose

Lecturer Gastronomy


Dr Nick Rose is a specialist in sustainable food systems, food policy and food movements. Nick was awarded his PhD from RMIT University for investigating the transformative potential of the global food sovereignty movement. During and after his PhD, he co-founded and coordinated the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (2010-2015). As a Churchill Fellow (2014), he investigated innovative models of urban agriculture in the US, Canada and Argentina. As co-founder and Executive Director of Sustain: the Australian Food Network (2016-present), he supports food system policy and programme work local government and beyond, with research studies and consultancies into urban agriculture, food security and urban food systems. This includes the ground-breaking Pandemic Gardening Survey (2020) and the coordination of four national Urban Agriculture Forums.


Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, 2013
Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University, 2006
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Melbourne University, 1988

Contact details

T: +61 3 9606 2104

Areas of expertise

  • Food Studies
  • Food Systems
  • Food Policy and Governance
  • Food Security
  • Food Security Research
  • Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Local Government Food Policy Development
  • Community Engagement and Consultation
  • Participatory Food Systems Mapping
  • Urban Farm Design and Implementation


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List of research publications

Dr Nick Rose's research publications

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Understanding Food Systems 1
  • Understanding Food Systems 2
  • Food movements and social change
  • Food Policy and Governance

Research supervision (Sustain Interns)


  • Supervised Masters student investigating the role of local government in developing urban food production strategies, case study City of Moreland
  • Supervised Honours students investigating the feasibility of launching a Fair Food Challenge in Australian Higher Education institutions, modelled on the US Real Food Challenge


  • Supervising Masters interns with Sustain, working on the following projects:
  • Local Food Economy pilot study, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Literature and practice review of multi-functional Food Hubs in Australia
  • Policy and practice review of urban agriculture in Victoria

Advisory Roles

Global Advisor (sustainable food systems), United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme

Academic/Professional Awards