SEI in the Media: Luke Craven’s PhD Research Featured in Article for the University of Sydney News

“It is critical that governments measure the scale and extent of food insecurity.”

Luke Craven, SEI PhD Candidate, and a key researcher of the Food, People and the Planet research node of the Sydney Environment Institute, has been featured in an article written by Katie Booth, for The Sydney University News.


Luke’s PhD research examined the complexity of food insecurity among three Afghan migrant communities in Sydney, London and San Francisco.

Key Findings

Luke explained that “without a publicly-funded health system, too many Afghan migrants in San Francisco face the impossible decision of choosing to spend their pay on medication to manage diabetes or on nutritious – but expensive – food. ”

Luke’s findings on Afghan migrants in London, highlight that “much like Sydney’s housing affordability issue, Afghan migrants in London, particularly those on zero-hour contracts, face the often-testing taking of accessing affordable and nutritious food.”

What can be done to address food insecurity? 

There is a range of small actions governments and communities can take to improve the issues of food insecurity, like improving public transport, funding school food programs, or providing subsidies for childcare, however, Luke found that the problem of food insecurity tends to fall through the policy cracks.

In the article, Luke explains that “it is critical that governments measure the scale and extent of food insecurity: this will give a panoramic picture of this serious issue that people are dealing with on a daily basis and support the development of cost-effective and impactful policy solutions.”

To find out more, read the full article called Governments urged to measure household food insecurity: new study, featured by The University of Sydney News.

Luke Craven is a PhD student at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Environment Institute. His interests lie in the application of social and political theory to contemporary policy problems, with a focus on food politics, policy, and system reform. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney, where he won the University Medal for his thesis which examined the implications of temporary migration for questions of vulnerability, equity and sustainability in rural Vanuatu.