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Food system research expertise

Our team has a very high level of food system research expertise, and have won a number of awards for engaged, action- and education-focused research in this space. 

We can act as consultants to academic projects that have identified a knowledge gap in their team, and we undertake research for government and private clients – including philanthropy – in this space.

Working with Open Food Network has been an absolute pleasure. They brought enormous energy, creativity, intellectual clout and helpful challenge and critique to our project. They have helped us to think through complex problems and find ways forward despite considerable uncertainty, and have delivered high quality work.

They have a wealth and depth of knowledge about agriculture, environment and food systems that was brought to bear in our project. They also have the rare quality of being able to zoom between the micro detail, including highly technical and scientific detail, and the big picture, and this enables them to provide extremely good strategic advice. They are also very flexible and highly committed to meeting deadlines. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Eli Court


Kirsten Larsen was a founder of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, and co-ordinated its food systems research stream for over a decade including authoring a number of seminal Australian food systems reports.

Jen Sheridan has worked in sustainable food systems research across the Food Alliance at Deakin University, and both the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Serenity Hill undertook her PhD in food systems research, and has been a research consultant across a number of academic projects. Both she and Kirsten have also undertaken research roles within a number of Victorian State Government departments and agencies.

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