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Meet The Consulting Team

Sustain’s food system transformation team are PhD-qualified practitioner-consultants with an outstanding record in food system research, governance and the practice of system-change. They bring specialist knowledge of urban agriculture, food systems and food security to every project – along with the experience to apply this knowledge as solutions to the challenges faced by local governments, NGOs and purpose-led private sector organisations.

Dr Nick Rose

Co Founder and Executive Director

Nick is a leading thinker and practitioner in food system governance and urban agriculture. With over 15 years of experience in sustainable food systems, he provides strategic advice and oversight across Sustain’s consultancy projects. Nick has published extensively on food system governance, food policy and urban agriculture. He was a Partner Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Strengthening Food Systems Governance at the Local Level’ and investigated innovative approaches to urban agriculture and food justice across the Americas as a 2014 Churchill Fellow. Nick also facilitates Sustain’s quarterly Local Government Food Systems Networking Forum. Nick holds a PhD in food sovereignty (RMIT), Master of International and Community Development (Deakin University) and Bachelor of Laws (University of Melbourne).

Dr Kelly Donati

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairperson

With her experience in interdisciplinary research, policymaking and community networks - Kelly oversees Sustain’s research activities. As a food system leader, researcher and educator, her expertise spans urban agriculture, urban foodways, regenerative farming, community food systems, food culture and gastronomy. Kelly played a lead role in the City of Banyule’s first urban food strategy, the City of Melbourne’s Food City policy refresh and research reports exploring the small-scale and urban agriculture sectors for Agriculture Victoria. Kelly designed and teaches Australia's first Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy at William Angliss Institute. She holds a PhD in human geography (University of Melbourne), Master of Gastronomy (Adelaide) and Master of Arts (Monash).

Dr Kylie Fisk

Research and Projects Manager

Kylie has over a decade of experience as a quantitative and qualitative social scientist specialising in human rights and governance. Prior to managing Sustain’s portfolio of research and consultancy projects, she was the Acting Director for the Tasmanian Integrity Commission leading statewide anti-corruption research and strategy, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Women’s Development Agency and an independent consultant on national and international research projects related to anti-corruption reform, LGBTQI+ rights and women’s rights. Kelly holds a PhD in social and political psychology (University of Queensland) and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (University of Queensland)

Molly Fairweather

Projects and Research Coodinator

Molly works across a range of research and policy projects and co-facilitates Sustain’s Local Government Food Systems Network. She draws on a range of research experience across food systems, food politics, food security and urban agriculture, and has an additional role as Public Health Nutrition Research Officer at Monash University. Molly holds a Master of Environment specialising in Public Health and Food Systems (University of Melbourne) and Bachelor of Health Sciences/ Master of Dietetic Practice (La Trobe University).

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