Cultivating our Campus

Wednesday 26 April 2017 | 5.00 - 6.30PM

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Law School Foyer, New Law School Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney


Exploring how universities can build more healthy and sustainable food systems.

In association with Sydney Ideas

Universities have long been advocates for more healthy and sustainable societies. Across Australia, though, campus food systems are anything but, being saturated with unhealthy options sourced through unsustainable supply chains. How can we make universities walk the talk on building more healthy and sustainable food systems? What role do students have to play in mobilising to demand fair food environments in Australian Universities? And how can universities become a living lab to show better food can help us all lead better lives?


  • Dr Sinead Boylan, School of Public Health
  • Tracey Ho, Campus Infrastructure Services
  • Sophie Lamond, Fair Food Challenge

Sinead Boylan has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster and a PhD in nutritional epidemiology from the University of Leeds. Dr Boylan previously worked at University College London where she investigated the dietary habits of a large cohort in Central and Eastern Europe. From there, Dr Boylan moved to the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney. While at the Boden, Sinead has worked as a Research Fellow monitoring and analyzing the Brunei national health survey, completing Government reviews and reports, lecturing (Masters of Sustainability) and collaborating internationally with others involved in non-communicable disease prevention. Sinead is currently employed as a Research Fellow for the Physical Activity Nutrition Obesity Research Group (PANORG). Her interest lies at the interface between the food system and the environment.

Tracey Ho has been working as the Sustainability Officer at Campus Infrastructure Service (CIS) for almost 4 years. Her work focuses on energy and resource efficiency and sustainable built environment. Tracey has worked on sustainability projects such as the community garden in collaboration with Brian Jones, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture; Campus solar project (end of 2016); Better Recycling campaign; and Sustainability Framework – a bespoke tool to assess and rate Environmentally Sustainable Design for our new buildings. Tracey likes being outdoors and connected to the natural environment. She is a keen runner and cyclist, and did the Berlin marathon in 2010. Tracey loves cooking and gardening.

Sophie Lamond is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne where she investigates the impact of emerging technologies on the food system. As a young academic activist Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge. The Challenge facilitates student-led co-design of fair food policies for Australian universities, and campaigns for healthy, sustainable and equitable food environments. Sophie has run community kitchens, mentored food projects and hosts the occasional apocalyptic dinner party. She has a keen interest in civil society advocacy and founded the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has been a committee member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and is a member of the Right to Food Coalition. She speaks, writes and facilitates events to open up conversations about good food and to explore possible food futures. She publishes an occasional newsletter.

Series Chair: Dr Alana Mann, Department of Media and Communications
Alana Mann joined the University of Sydney in 2007 after a professional career in the media and non-profit sectors. Her teaching and research focus on how ordinary citizens get voice in policy debates regarding wicked problems such as food security and climate change. Her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift was published in 2014.

Currently, Alana is involved in cross-disciplinary research projects concerning food systems with colleagues in the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Charles Perkins Centre. She is on a Faculty-wide project team exploring the crisis of ‘post-truth’ discourse, funded through the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI, 2017), and is co-CI on an Education Innovation project based in Glebe, the Social Justice Learning Lab. Her international collaborations include a comparative study of ‘land-grabbing’ with researchers in Brazil and South East Asia.

Alana regularly speaks about her research at public events such as Sydney Ideas, Raising the Bar and Outside the Square, and has been an invited speaker at events such as Food and Words. She is Chair of the SEI Food@Sydney seminar series.