Seona is currently working as a research fellow on two projects funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. The Visions and Pathways 2040 project is collaborative, multi-stakeholder project aiming to develop visions, scenarios and pathways for transitioning to low-carbon in Australian cities. The Future Cities Nodes project aims to work collaboratively with a diverse group of local councils to identify opportunities across Melbourne where critical infrastructure services like energy, food, water and waste can be delivered in a way that is more distributed and integrated, and the impacts on carbon emissions and urban resilience. She is also working on the Foodprint Melbourne project, investigating what it takes to feed Melbourne, in terms of land, energy and water, as well as the food waste and greenhouse gas emissions generated.
She has previously worked as a research fellow with the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab on an ARC funded project using scenario modelling to link land and resource use with the availability of a nutritionally adequate diet and identify priority policy interventions to protect Australia's future food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges. The research project was undertaken in collaboration with Deakin University and Australian National University, and uses the Australian Stocks and Flows Framework (ASFF), a model of the physical economy of Australia developed by the CSIRO.
She has a background in engineering, renewable energy and international development, and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders Australia, investigating the use of appropriate technology to improve food security and nutrition on remote mountain regions of Nepal. She also works with CODesign Studio in an ongoing capacity, but most recently on a project using participatory design to develop low-cost floating vegetable gardens to improve food availability and nutrition for im
(Eldon & Anne Foote - Donor Advised Fund Grants Program)
awarded by LORD MAYOR'S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
2015 - 2016
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2013
Delft University of Technology 2006
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2003
Available for supervision
My research interests are primarily in the area of food security and system modelling, but I also have interest and experience in urban applications, international development, appropriate technology and participatory design.
I am only available as a co-supervisor at this time.