The confluence of urbanisation and globalisation has prompted urban food problems to increasingly manifest in urban areas around the globe, including Australia. Research shows that Australia is not immune to these identified urban food problems, ranging from urban food insecurity, urban epidemics, food-centred social injustice, food economy’s negative externalities to ecological imbalance. Globally, many countries have developed numerous plans and strategies and established urban food councils to address these urban food problems. Development of urban food policy in Australia, however, is still nascent. This inevitably invites the research on exploring what food-related policies are available in the Australian urban context, if any, to what extent and address what food problems. In addition, the Activity will explore any opportunities and barriers that may facilitate and hinder the development of urban food policies.
Specialised food industry clusters