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This project will make visible fault lines in the processes that enable and constrain the way we produce, market, consume, and dispose of food in Australia today.

These include the unfinished business of Indigenous recognition, land ownership, management and harvesting of natural resources; technological transformations in production processes; tensions between cities and the regions; economic dependencies on global trade; the marketisation of water; and unprecedented threats of climate change. It is rare for these issues to be treated as integrated parts of a system that is understood as human made and driven, and equally able to be positively intervened in by human action.

IPCS seeks to stimulate vigorous public debate leading to significant change in the way our food system operates. We will help foster a new public imagination to transcend the current political impasses over relations between cities and regions. We will work intensively and respectfully across fields of scholarship, grounded expertise, invested communities and larger publics, building a people’s movement for change at a time when such change is urgently needed.

The Future of Food project is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and private donations.

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Associate Professor
Lauren Rickards


Stefano de Pieri
Restauranteur and community leader

Associate Professor
Melinda Hinkson
IPCS and Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin



Future of Food


Project Blog

17 Jul 2021

Future of food project update

At a time when agriculture is more likely to be grasped in terms of speculative investment than common good, food has become a powerful prism for grappling with the logics by which power circulates in the world.

8 Mar 2021

In Mildura

Melinda Hinkson and Lauren Rickards travelled to Mildura to kickstart the future of food project.

26 Nov 2020

Reimagining Regional Relationships

Melbourne’s second lockdown and the enforced separation of the city’s residents from those of regional Victoria and the rest of the world has proven a sobering time in which to reflect upon a complex relationship.

28 Apr 2020

Locked in place

COVID-19 and lockdown have stopped us all in our tracks. In doing so, they have clamped into place numerous environmental injustices.  One is that the places we have suddenly been …

Project Events

11 March 2020

7:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Future of Fire

We explore the devastating impact of the fires on Aboriginal land and heritage, the future risks to Australia’s existing modes of food production, and talk about burning regimes to mitigate risk.


Gemma Sou, Michael Fikaris, 
Jen Rae & Kate Sulan