Ass Prof. Alana Mann

Department of Media and Communications

Alana Mann is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), University of Sydney, Australia, and a key researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. Her research focuses on the communicative dimensions of citizen engagement, participation, and collective action in food systems planning and governance.

She is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project FoodLab Sydney (2018-2020) with partners including the City of Sydney and FoodLab Detroit, and collaborated with Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on the project Growing Food and Density TogetherEnabling Sustainable Place-making through Local Foodscapes in the Inner City, funded by Urban Growth NSW.

Alana has been a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She is the author of Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics (2019) & Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (2014). Her forthcoming book, Food in a Changing Climate, challenges us to think beyond our plates to make our food systems more equitable and resilient.

Alana Mann is the Research Lead on Building an Understanding of Best Practice Local Food Interventions, Community Engagement in Food Governance and Evaluating FoodLab Sydney.