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Academic Profile - Dr Nick Rose


Dr Nick Rose is a specialist in the emerging field of sustainable food systems and the related fields of food sovereignty and food security. Nick was awarded his PhD in Political Ecology 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), where he was one of the developers of Australia's first crowd-sourced food policy document, the People’s Food Plan, jointly coordinated Fair Food Week, and was the Content Director of Australia's first food politics documentary, Fair Food. As a Churchill Fellow (2014), he investigated innovative models of urban agriculture in the US, Canada and Argentina. As Executive Director of Sustain: The Australian Food Network, he supports food system policy and programme work local government and beyond, with research studies into Food Hubs, local food economies and urban agriculture.


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: +614 14 497 819

Areas of expertise

  • Food Studies
  • Food Systems
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Food Security
  • Food Hubs
  • Local Food Economies
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture
  • Social and political movements
  • Political ecology
  • Political economy


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List of research publications

Dr Nick Rose's research publications


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Bachelor of Food Studies – Community Food Systems I, Community Food Systems 2

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