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Research interests

  • Household food insecurity
  • Measurement of food insecurity
  • Interventions as pathways out of food insecurity
  • Public health nutiriton teaching and practice
  • Mixed methods research methodology


Sue is a public health nutrition researcher and senior lecturer with the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, she has over 20 years’ experience working across community and public health nutrition settings in Australia. Through this experience, she developed her research interest: household food security in high income countries. Sue’s PhD research explored the existence and experience of food insecurity in low-to-middle income Melbourne households.

Sue’s research focuses on the existence and lived experiences of food insecurity and exploring solutions to address and pathways out of food insecurity. Her work especially focuses on working in collaboration with a range of communities and organisations in local government areas. Sue is the convener of S.H.A.R.E. Collaboration, a group of researchers from Universities across Australia focussed on ‘Solutions supporting Household Food Security in Australia through Research and Evidence’.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health Nutrition, Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring the existence and experience of food insecurity in low-to-middle income Melbourne, Victoria households

Award Date: 6 Mar 2018

Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University


Award Date: 30 Nov 1990

Physiology, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Adelaide


Award Date: 9 May 1989

Research area keywords

  • Food Security
  • Public health nutrition
  • Household Food Insecurity
  • Lived Experience of Food Insecurity

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