Farewell Key Researcher Robyn Alders

Robyn presenting at SEI's 'Tibet: Life on the Frontlines of Climate Change' Sydney Ideas Seminar.

SEI farewells Key Researcher Robyn Alders who will take up the role as a Senior Scientific Advisor for the global livestock and aquaculture policy project, being implemented by the Centre for Global Health Security within Chatham House.

Robyn has been a champion for SEI since we were established in 2013. Over the years, Robyn has been instrumental in furthering the research in our Food Systems research area and has collaborated on numerous public seminars focused on climate change in relation to issues of food insecurity, urban farming, and the future of agriculture.

Robyn was formerly an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, where her research focused on sustainable domestic and international food and nutrition security and development activities through a planetary health lens. Immediately prior to re-joining the University of Sydney, Robyn became the first female vet science graduate to become an Officer of the Order of Australia. Her influential research which is dedicated to international development work with traditional smallholder farmers also saw her awarded the inaugural international Mitchell Humanitarian Award in 2017, which recognises those who have made outstanding contributions to international development.

The global livestock and aquaculture policy project will commence on October 1, 2018, and in her role as a Senior Scientific Advisor, Robyn will be working with her PhD student Johanna Wong, who will join the project as a Research Analyst.  The project aims to identify policies that support and facilitate the development of financially, environmentally and socially sustainable animal (ruminant and poultry) and aquaculture (fresh and salt water) systems that are nutrition- and gender-sensitive. The project is in collaboration with public and private stakeholders in animal and aquaculture systems at the global and regional (sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia) levels.

SEI will continue to follow Robyn’s research, humanitarian work and the project, so stay tuned for more information.