Working with complex, emergent systems
We have extensive experience of working to transition the food system through better public and private policy initiatives. We research and develop food system solutions that advance social and environmental health, in an equitable and sustainable way.
Vanessa A. Clarkson
B.Sc., Dietetics, first class honours
M.Sc., Food Policy, distinction
Vanessa has held senior management positions at several large food retail chains and FMCG manufacturers in the UK, US, and Australia. During her corporate tenure, Vanessa developed world-leading initiatives to improve food standards and retail practices, to provide clearer food labelling, and to advance programs on responsible marketing to children. More recently, Vanessa has worked with academic institutions and public agencies to transfer her industry experience to devise more effective food and nutrition policy and regulation. Vanessa has also provided pro bono technical expertise to the Australian government – as chair of the Healthy Food Partnership’s reformulation program and as an independent member of the Health Star Rating Advisory Committee. Vanessa is an award-winning published food writer in the space of infant and maternal nutrition, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University.
The term foodways describes a way of life in relation to food, or rather, a way of food. Foodways are shared food practices – from what foods are grown and in what way, to how foods are prepared, eaten, and leftovers disposed of.
Meaning of Foodways
There are many possibilities for organising people around food in ways that promote health and sustainability – foodways are inherently creative and changeable. We believe that thinking holistically of foodways, rather than reducibly of foods or nutrients, is essential for transforming food systems.