Sustainable Governance

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Creating markets for change in Fiji

Throughout the Pacific, subsistence farming and the small-scale market sale of independently grown produce is an intrinsic way of life. Largely rural, Pacific populations are heavily reliant on an agrarian lifestyle and it is predominantly women who engage in small-scale farmer’s market operations. In fact, while women are often…

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Brisbane Fair Food Alliance

Since the 2016 Building a Fairer Food System: Community Symposium, in collaboration with Dr Kiah Smith and Dr Hope Johnson from QUT Law, Carol Richards has formed a new community organisation: the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance. Its inaugural committee holds a range of expertise including public health, nutrition, food policy, grant…

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War on Waste

Carol Richards was an expert advisor on the ABC TV’s program War on Waste which aired in May 2017 – Carol worked with the ABC presenter Craig Reucassel as well as the executive producer and researchers for the segment on food waste caused by supermarket’s strict cosmetic standards. Earlier research on this topic was conducted with Dr…

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New Fair Food Network for Brisbane/SEQ

Carol Richards has co-founded a new community food network following the “Building A Fairer Food System: Community Symposium” (November 2016). The Symposium was organised by Carol and Dr Kiah Smith (UQ) with support from the HPRG Work/Industry Futures group (SoM) and the Global Change Institute (UQ).  The event was attended by over…

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How murals helped turn a declining community around

Deanna Grant-Smith co-authored an article in The Conversation on 13 April, 2017 titled “How murals helped turn a declining community around”.

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Social licence to operate: Australian Meat Processing Corporation Conference

In November, 2016 Bree Devin presented on social licence to operate at the Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC) Conference in Sydney. The conference theme focused on ‘The Vital Ingredient: processing and its role in a sustainable red meat industry’. It covered strategic risks facing the Australian red meat industry,…

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Fair Food Symposium

Over 80 members of the public attended this event which was held in November, 2016 at the Brisbane Square Library and hosted by Carol Richards and Dr Kiah Smith (UQ). The symposium featured ‘lightening talks’ by 14 speakers, including small food businesses, NGOs, academics, food activists, nutritionists and a farmer. Covering a range of…

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The fight for safe factories

How can we understand the global supply chains that brings us products like branded jeans and iPhones? A recent talk at QUT examined the extent and success of initiatives implemented since the Rana Plaza incident. Rana Plaza and beyond

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Divestment and social change

Shen Narayanasamy, founder of No Business in Abuse and guest speaker on ABC’s Q&A program was amongst the high calibre presenters at this Divestment symposium, which was a collaboration between Carol Richards, Robyn Mayes and Prof Matthew Rimmer (QUT Faculty of Law). The forum explored the social, financial and legal debates regarding…

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