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Alana Mann

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Alana Mann

Head of Discipline
Media | School of Creative Arts and Media

Room Level 2, Room 215 , The Media School, 2 Salamanca Square

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Alana.Mann@utas.edu.au

Professor Alana Mann is Head of Discipline, Media, in the School of Creative Arts and Media within the College of Arts, Law and Education. She is an interdisciplinary scholar researching the power relations between media, governments, institutions, and citizens in the field of food politics. International in scope, her research foregrounds communication and social learning as central to food systems transformation. Innovating theory for making sense of these transformations is a strong focus of her work at the critical intersection of food security, global warming, and public health.

Biography

Prior to joining University of Tasmania in 2022 Alana led the Department of Media and Communications at University of Sydney (2017-2021) and was Food Lead Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI). She embarked on doctoral research on food sovereignty campaigns in Latin America and Europe in 2007 after a career in media and marketing - including seven years at Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Alana has worked with the Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN International) in Heidelberg, Germany, conducted fieldwork at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome and Geneva, and served on the committee to appoint an Australasian representative to the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the UN World Committee for Food Security (WCFS) in 2017. She was a member of the executive committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (2015 - 2017), contributing to advocacy on issues ranging from threats to peri-urban agriculture by urban rezoning and fair farm-gate prices. She continues to work closely with farmers, eaters, and their communities in her research to understand how people-centred, participatory communication approaches can contribute to the development of resilient and sustainable food supply networks.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 2012. Framing Food Sovereignty: A Study of Social Movement Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education), University of Sydney , 2012
  • Master of Media Practice, University of Sydney, 2005
  • Diploma of Education, University of Queensland, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), University of Central Queensland, 1989

Languages (other than English)

Spanish

Memberships

Professional practice

Board of Directors – FoodLab Sydney

Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee Member - Media/Public Affairs, Tasmania


Member:

  • Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • The Australasian Agri-Food Research Network
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Administrative expertise

Alana led the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney (2017-21) and served on committees such as the Student Experience Transformation project and Culture Strategy. As key academic in Global Engagement and recruitment activities she has cultivated relationships in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Alana’s teaching expertise ranges from first year introductory media theory to post-graduate and higher degree research supervisions in political communication. Her teaching is research-led, and aligns strongly with her personal philosophy and interest in social learning processes. Alana has designed, delivered, and directed courses and degrees including the University of Sydney’s BA (Media and Communications) where her focus was the first-year experience, deliberately developing a curriculum and culture that supports all students in the transition from secondary school to university. She is currently teaching HEJ130 Global Media Industries and HEJ510 Public Relations.

Research Appointments

  • Recipient of a Harvard Mobility Scholarship and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Boston, 2018
  • Visiting Professorship, Cornell University, Department of Development Sociology, Ithaca, 2018

Research Invitations

  • Keynote at the “Food in the Capital” industry summit hosted by Regional Development Australia (RDA) (Canberra, 2020).
  • Panellist role at the Australian Dairy Summit (Melbourne, 2021).
  • University of Sydney representative on the City of Sydney Food Relief Collaboration.
  • Featured speaker, City University, London, Food Thinkers Series (2021)
  • Featured speaker at the Slow Food International 24-hour Climate Conference (2021).
  • Featured speaker at the George Institute webinar “Transforming Food System: Effective policies to build a sustainable future” (October 20, 2021).
  • Keynote at the Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference (December 2, 2021)
  • Keynote at The Future of World Food Systems – Challenges and Opportunities for the Monash Food Security Group, Monash University, June 19, 2017.

Media and Public Events

  • Food Thinkers: Food in a Changing Climate (Thursday, 20th May 2021) - City, University of London
    In her talk Alana Mann discusses the ecological and economic legacies of colonialism in our food systems, and promote the value of diverse food cultures as sources of resistance and resilience. www.city.ac.uk.
  • Curator and presenter of Food@Sydney lecture series, over 30 events (2016- 2018).
  • Appearance on SBS Dateline program “Apples and Oranges: Pandemic Farming” (2020).
  • ABC Radio National on grocery “dead zones” (2020).
  • ABC Radio National on Australia's progress towards the SDGs (2019).
  • Host of Sydney’s Pocket City Farm Farm Talks series (2019).
  • Panellist on Outside the Square “Will Veganism Save the Planet?” (2019).
  • Monolog “Come Grocery Shopping with Me”, Raising the Bar (2017).

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Expertise

Capability statement:
Alana’s work focuses on the triangulated complex of food politics, climate crisis and communication. Employing theories of voice, communication, and democracy in analysis of food systems she aims to advance our understanding of how discourses and practices of food include and exclude specific groups of people, and what we can do to create a more just and sustainable food system. She has experience leading cross-disciplinary research projects and engaging with industry partners, local government, and third sector organisations. Alana regularly comments on food-related issues in the media appearing on television programs including SBS’s Dateline program (2020) on the risks to global supply chains and food security posed by Covid-19. Her latest book is Food in a Changing Climate (2021).

Areas of expertise:
Social Movement Communication and Digital Activism: In debates over new forms of connectivity and sociality promoted by digital technologies Alana focuses on food activists’ use of digital platforms to critique, challenge and change the conventional global agri-food system. She investigates the ways in which digital and food inequalities are related, and resisted, and how activist practices utilise digital affordance to build communities of action, enabling the participation of ordinary citizens in political discourse on issues of social importance.

The Political Economy of Communication and Food Media: In her work Alana aims to draw attention to the lack of ‘food sovereign voices’, and particularly Indigenous voices, in food media, noting that despite the capacity of journalistic forms to contribute to our understanding of how neo-liberalism excludes individuals and groups on multiple levels they often reproduce paternalistic framings of the ‘powerless’ that prevail in food insecurity and climate change discourses.

Collaboration

Alana collaborates with an energetic group of international scholars who aim to advance our understanding of the barriers to the digital inclusion and participation of diverse publics in food justice and sustainability initiatives through new theoretical and methodological approaches. Outputs include Digital Food Activism (2018), Digital Food Cultures (2020), The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication (2020) and the textbook Research Methods in Digital Food Studies (2021). Her interdisciplinary collaborations include Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation? (2017) in which she analyses how the small-scale farmers’ movement La Vía Campesina employs the concept of food sovereignty to contest the naturalisation of scarcity in discourses about hunger by multinational agribusiness companies. In Mapping South-South Connections: Australia and Latin America (2019), the outcome of an ongoing collaboration with researchers in the School of Languages and Culture at the University of Sydney, she compares the political economies of communication in Australian and Latin American contexts. Alana is continuing a long-standing collaboration with Brazilian colleague Professor Bernardo Mançano Fernandes and co-editor Dr Antonio Ioris.

Current projects

FoodLab Sydney https://www.foodlabsydney.org.au/

Fields of Research

  • Environmental communication (470103)
  • Communication studies (470101)
  • International and development communication (470104)

Research Objectives

  • Communication (130299)
  • Communication across languages and culture (130201)
  • Defence and security policy (230301)

Publications

Total publications

65

Journal Article

(12 outputs)
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2021Elkharouf O, Cox K, Schlosberg D, Mann AM, Perroni E, 'In the land of the 'fair go': global food policy lessons beyond the charity model', Local Environment, 26, (10) pp. 1192-1204. ISSN 1354-9839 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2019Mann A, 'Education for food sovereignty as transformative ethical practice', Policy Futures in Education, 17, (7) pp. 862-877. ISSN 1478-2103 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1478210318816251 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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2018Craven L, Schlosberg D, Mann A, 'SYDNEY - Addressing the SDGs in cities through food business incubation: FoodLab Sydne', Food and Cities: The Role of Cities for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals pp. 145-151. (2018) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2018Mann A, 'Communication as resistance in food politics', Political Economy of Communication, 6, (1) pp. 36-58. ISSN 2357-1705 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2015Mann A, 'Communication, organisation, and action: theory-building for social movements', Communication Research and Practice, 1, (2) pp. 150-173. ISSN 2204-1451 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2015.1048040 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Mann A, 'Food sovereignty: alternatives to failed food and hunger policies', 18, (3) pp. 445-468. ISSN 0897-8271 (2015) [Edited Journal]

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2013Mann A, 'Bursting the 'Brussels bubble': the movement towards transparency on European farm subsidies', Ethical Space, 10, (2) pp. 47-54. ISSN 1742-0105 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2011Mann A, 'No corn, no country: Mexican farmers opposing the North American free trade agreement', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17, (2) pp. 197-211. ISSN 1326-0219 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Mann A, 'Lobbying the UN to advance peasant rights', Right to Food and Nutrition Watch pp. 18-22. (2011) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2009Mann A, 'Communicating the right to food sovereignty: the voice of the campesino in the global campaign for agrarian reform', Prism, 6, (2) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1448-4404 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Mann A, 'Spaces for talk: information and communication technologies (ICTs) and genuine dialogue in an international advocacy movement', Asian Social Science, 4, (10) pp. 3-13. ISSN 1911-2017 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Mann AM, 'Churnalism', State of the News Print Medai in Australia 2008 pp. 2-5. ISSN 1835-8276 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Book

(3 outputs)
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2021Mann A, 'Food in a Changing Climate', Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 248. ISBN 9781839827259 (2021) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1108/9781839827228 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Mann A, 'Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 183. ISBN 9781138478343 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.4324/9781351068888 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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2014Mann A, 'Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift', Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 205. (2014) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137341402 [eCite] [Details]

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Chapter in Book

(11 outputs)
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2022Mann A, 'A City for All Who Eat: Foodscape Values for Liveable Cities', Urban and Regional Agriculture: Building Resilient Food Systems, Academic Press, P Droege (ed), United States, pp. 678. ISBN 9780128202869 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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2021Mann A, 'Beyond the Hashtag: Social Media Ethnography in Food Activism', Research Methods in Digital Food Studies, Routledge, J Leer, S Gunder and S Krogager (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 87-98. ISBN 9780367819262 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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2021Mann A, 'Hacking the Foodscape: Digital Communication in the Co-design of Sustainable and Inclusive Food Environment', The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication, Palgrave Macmillan, J Diaz-Pont, P Maeseele, AE Sjolander, M Mishra, and K Foxwell-Norton (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9783030373290 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37330-6_9 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Mann A, 'Are You Local? Digital Inclusion in Participatory Foodscapes', Digital Food Cultures, Routledge, D Lupton and Z Feldman (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 228. ISBN 9781138392540 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780429402135 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Mann A, 'The Protection of Small-Scale Fisheries in Global Policymaking through Food Sovereignty', Sustaining Seas: Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care, Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd, E Probyn, K Johnston, and N Lee (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 185-200. ISBN 9781786612830 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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2019Mann A, 'Common Ground: Connections and Tensions Between Food Sovereignty Movements in Australia and Latin America', Mapping South-South Connections, Springer Nature, F Penaloza and S Walsh (ed), Singapore, pp. 81-109. ISBN 9783319785769 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78577-6_4 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Mann AM, 'Food Sovereignty: Deep Histories, Digital Activism and Digital Media', Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream, Routledge, M Phillipov and K Kirkwood (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 113-132. ISBN 9781138300804 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018Mann A, 'The Politics of Place: Networking Resistance to Coal Seam Gas Mining', Climate Change and the Media, Peter Lang Publishing, B Brevini and J Lewis (ed), New York, pp. 173-183. ISBN 9781433153952 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.3726/b14826 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Mann A, 'Food Sovereignty and the Politics of Food Scarcity', Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation?, Routledge, MC Dawson, C Rosin, and N Wald (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 131-145. ISBN 9781138241022 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315281612 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

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2018Mann A, 'Hashtag Activism and the Right to Food in Australia', Digital Food Activism, Routledge, T Schneider, K Eli, C Dolan and S Ulijaszek (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 168-184. ISBN 9781138088320 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315109930 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2013Mann A, 'Food Sovereignty in a Post-Organic Era', Organics in the Global Food Chain, Connor Court Publishing, B Mascitelli and A Lobo (ed), Australia, pp. 201-230. ISBN 9781922168856 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Mann A, 'Book Review - Moving Targets: Mapping the Paths between Communication, Technology and Social Change in Communities', Media International Australia, 132, (1) pp. 152-153. ISSN 1324-5325 (2009) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X0913200131 [eCite] [Details]

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2009Mann A, 'Book Review - Methodological Pitfalls in Social Network Analysis: Why Current Methods Produce Questionable Results', Media International Australia, 132, (1) pp. 149-150. ISSN 1329-878X (2009) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X0913200128 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Mann A, 'Food in Changing Climate', The Food Thinkers Webinar, 20 May 2021, University of London (2021) [Plenary Presentation]

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2021Mann A, 'COP26: put food on the stage', Slow Food International Climate Change Conference Keynote, 11 June 2021, Online conference, pp. 1-2. (2021) [Keynote Presentation]

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2021Mann A, 'Invited speech', The 2021 Food and Words Writers' Festival, 20 November 2021, Sydney, pp. 1. (2021) [Keynote Presentation]

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2021Mann A, 'Food for thought: finding the balance in nutrition sustainability', The NSA 2021 Virtual Conference, 2021, Virtual Conference (2021) [Plenary Presentation]

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2019Mann A, 'Sydney ideas: the 2030 agenda: is Australia on track?', The 2030 Agenda, 28 March 2019, University of Sydney, pp. 1. (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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2016Mann A, 'Food & Words, Invited Speech', The 2016 Food and Words Writers' Festival, 30 August 2016, Sydney, pp. 1. (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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2016Mann AM, 'Locking the gate: citizens communicating with power in rural Australia', Proceedings of the 66th International Communication Association Conference, 12 June 2016, Fukuoka, pp. 1 piece- abstract. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Mann AM, 'Food politics: media and human rights', Proceedings of the 2015 Media and Transnational Civil Society, 01 December 2015, New Delhi, pp. 1 piece. (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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2012Mann A, 'Power-shift: changing dynamics and scales of action in food politics', Proceedings of the 2012 ANZCA ADELAIDE Annual Conference: : Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, 04-06 July 2012, Adelaide (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Mann A, ''Come Grocery Shopping with Me', Podcast Series of Raising the Bar Sydney', Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-9 (2016) [Performance]

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Mann AM, 'Reckoning with Food Violence', Living Room Theatre, Online, pp. 1 (2022) [Minor Creative Work]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Mann A, 'Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift' (2014) [PhD]

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2004Mann A, 'Developing a youth readership strategy for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald: A Study of the Newspaper Readership Habits of University Students in NSW' (2004) [Masters Coursework]

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Other Public Output

(24 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Mann A, 'Expert commentary: food in a changing climate', Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the ACT, Office for the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Australia (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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2021Mann A, '2050 target will have effect on food and water management', The Canberra Times, Australian Community Media, Australia, 02 July 2021, pp. 1-3. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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2021Mann A, ''Food in a Changing Climate - an Australian perspective', Interview with Geoff Tansey', Interview, SoundCloud, Australia, 05 March 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Mann A, 'Is it time to design a new food paradigm?', Opinion, Sydney Environment Institute, Australia, 29 April 2021, pp. 1-4. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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2021Mann A, 'Reckoning with food crimes: shifting the conversation from harms to violence', Reflection, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, 28 September 2021, pp. 1-3. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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2021Mann A, 'How do we grow and eat food in a net zero world?, interview with Michael Mackenzie', ABC Life Matters Interview, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 19 November 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Mann A, 'In-depth: how is veganism integral to climate change mitigation', Interview on In Depth on Climate Change and Veganism, Global Questions, 21 June 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Mann A, 'USU enviro week: changing our food system from within', Public events, University of Sydney in partnership with The University of Sydney Union, Australia, 27 April 2021 (2021) [Report Other]

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2021Mann A, ''Food in a Changing Climate', Interview with Laura Dalrymple', Book Launch and Interview, Feather and Bone Providore, Australia, 16 May 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2020Mann A, 'Food in a changing climate', The Preserve Journal, Hallmark Society, Canada (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2019Mann A, ''Pandemic Farming Apples and Oranges', Interview with SBS Television', News and Current Affairs, SBS Television, Australia (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Mann A, ''Alana Mann on Shaping Sustainable Food Systems through Agroecology and Gender Justice', Interview with Go Simone', Episode 3, Go Simone Media, Brisbane, QLD, 10 Sept 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Mann A, 'Farm chats: food security', Farm Chats Public Events, Pocket City Farms, Australia, 02 October 2019 (2019) [Report Other]

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2018Mann A, 'Erasing lines and unsettling truths: Lola stayed too long', Sydney Environment Institute Magazine, University of Sydney, Australia, 16 August 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2018Mann A, 'El sistema alimentario global viene operando en modo posverdad desde hace decadas', Fake: mentiras, posverdades, trampantojos, Euro-Toques, Donostia San Sebastian. Gipuzkoa, Spain, April 2018, pp. 1-2. (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Mann A, 'Working to reclaim and rebuild our food systems from the ground up', Magazine, The Conversation, United Kingdom, 25 October 2018, pp. 1-5. (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Mann A, 'Growing food in the post-truth era', Magazine, The Conversation, United Kingdom, 30 June 2017, pp. 1-6. (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Mann A, 'Why food isn't free from politics', Open Discussion, SoundCloud, Australia, 12 October 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Mann A, 'The fair food movement: feeding Australia from the grassroots', The Food Issue, Greenmail, Australia, August 2016, pp. 4-5. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Mann A, 'Food democracy: why eating is unavoidably political', Magazine, The Conversation, United Kingdom, 04 August 2015, pp. 1-7. (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2012Mann A, 'Land grabbing: the new global power play', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 17 April 2012, pp. 1-3. (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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2011Mann A, 'Holding those responsible for hunger accountable', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 19 October 2011, pp. 1-3. (2011) [Newspaper Article]

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2011Strothenke W, Mann A, 'Right to Food Quarterly', FIAN International, Germany, 6, 1 (2011) [Report Other]

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2010Mann A, 'Farmers' apocalypse: the globalisation of food supply', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 10 September 2010, pp. 1-3. (2010) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Alana has earned over $AUD800,000 in grant funding since 2015. She was co-Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project FoodLab Sydney: Addressing Food Insecurity through Participatory Social Enterprise (2018-2021, LP180100076). A collaboration between the City of Sydney council, the University of Sydney, TAFE NSW, and food business incubator FoodLab Detroit, this project contributed to Sydney joining the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) network of global ‘food cities’ and connected participants with over 300 local food entreprenuers. As University of Sydney lead Alana recently collaborated on the project Growing Food and Density Together: Enabling Sustainable Place-making through Local Foodscapes in the Inner City, funded by UrbanGrowth NSW. Working with colleagues from Macquarie University and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Alana analysed the network of social enterprises and urban agriculture initiatives across Sydney City. International funding Alana has won includes a 2015 São Paulo Research Foundation (FASESP) grant in 2015 with São Paulo State and Chiang Mai Universities on the dynamics of land-grabbing which included field visits and workshops for students in both countries.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

13

Total funding

$851,076

Projects

From Awareness to Behaviour: Innovating methodological approaches to evaluated healthy lifestyle media campaigns in Tasmania (2022)$10,000
Description
Funding Source: University of Tasmania (CALE Linkage Development Program)
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Reid DM; Mann AM; Bettiol SS
Year
2022
FoodLab Sydney: Participatory social enterprise to address food insecurity (2018 - 2020)$423,500
Funding
ARC ($423,500)
Scheme
ARC Linkage Grant
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Period
2018 - 2020
Voice and participation in food politics (2018)$7,875
Funding
University of Sydney/Harvard University ($7,875)
Scheme
Mobility Grant & Fellowship
Administered By
Harvard University Food Law and Policy Clinic
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2018
Participatory planning for our food future: The Sydney City Food Policy Project (2018)$20,000
Funding
University of Sydney Policy Lab ($20,000)
Scheme
Internal grant
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2018
Sustainable Urban Food Project (2018)$7,898
Funding
University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Science ($7,898)
Scheme
External Engagement Accelerator
Administered By
University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2018
Growing food and density together: Sustainable place-making in the inner city (2017)$114,812
Funding
Urban Growth NSW ($114,812)
Scheme
Urban Growth NSW
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2017
Food politics: From consumer to food citizen (2017)$12,000
Funding
University of Sydney Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Education ($12,000)
Scheme
Education Innovation Grant
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2017
The crisis of post-truth discourse (2017 - 2018)$150,000
Funding
University of Sydney ($150,000)
Scheme
Sydney Research Excellence initiative
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Period
2017 - 2018
Planning our food future: a study of the socio-cultural dimensions of food security for inner city residents of Sydney (2015)$19,911
Funding
University of Sydney ($19,911)
Scheme
Cross-disciplinary Research for Social Impact Grant
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2015
What's so fair about fair food? Interrogating discourses of 'fairness' in the Australian Fair Food movement (2015)$7,660
Funding
University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Science ($7,660)
Scheme
Research Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2015
Social Justice Clinic - Interdisciplinary learning in real-life settings (2015)$35,000
Funding
University of Sydney DVC Education ($35,000)
Scheme
Educational Innovation Grant
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2015
Everyday social media: Culture, design, inclusion, recognition (2015)$22,420
Funding
University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Science ($22,420)
Scheme
Collaborative Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Mann A
Year
2015
A comparison of the regional dynamics of large-scale land acquisitions or land grabbing in Australia, South America and South East Asia (2015 - 2016)$20,000
Funding
FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) ($20,000)
Scheme
Collaborative Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Sydney/ University of So Paulo
Research Team
Mann A; Fernandes BM; Hirsch P
Period
2015 - 2016

Higher Degree Research students Alana has supervised include Dr Lukasz Swiatek, whose PhD thesis Lights, Camera, Accolade: Towards an Understanding of the Nature and Impacts of the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded the University of Sydney’s prestigious Rita and John Cornforth Medal for academic achievement in 2017. Current PhD projects she is supervising include “The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and national identity: Ideology, hegemony and gender in sports media” and “My Day on a Plate: The role of digital media in the reproduction of normative ideals of embodiment and food consumption”. Students under Alana’s supervision have tackled diverse topics including the framing of poverty in World Vision communications; the public relations strategy of food waste organisation Oz Harvest; citizen engagement in food resilience planning following the Lismore floods; changing consumer attitudes to ‘sustainable’ food; and the impacts of the 2019-20 Australian bushfires on local supply chains. She welcomes inquiries from anyone interested in studying at the nexus of food, communication, and climate.