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Amanda works with SRC and EAT, a non-profit organization with the ambition to reform global food systems to feed a growing global population with healthy food from a healthy planet. Her dual affiliation allows her to focus on both food systems research and stakeholder engagement, linking science with policy and practice.
Amanda’s research explores how food policy, governance and multi-stakeholder collaborations can support healthy and sustainable food systems. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to characterizing current food systems and identifying ways for food systems actors to support an integrated health and sustainability agenda.
Along with Line Gordon and Cibele Queiroz, Amanda coordinates the SRC Collaborative Hub for Exploring Food Systems (CHEFS). This hub was created to coordinate and support the innovative food-related research at SRC. Amanda serves as the key linkage between SRC CHEFS researchers and EAT programs and initiatives.
She also drives the Nordic work of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), an international collaboration of organizations joining forces to help transform the world’s food and land use systems. This work includes bringing together businesses, policy makers, scientists and civil society representatives in the Nordic countries to develop regional science-based targets, pathways and roadmaps of action to achieve better food and land use systems.
Prior to her role as a researcher, Amanda worked with SRC and EAT as a postdoctoral fellow on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems. The Commission defined the safe operating space for global food systems by setting scientific targets for both healthy diets and sustainable food production. During her postdoc, Amanda also engaged with several EAT multi-stakeholder initiatives designed to cultivate positive food systems transformations. She supported the development of the FOLU Nordic focus and worked as a science liaison to the joint EAT and World Business Council for Sustainable Development business solutions platform, Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH).
Amanda completed her Masters of Public Health and PhD in public policy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her doctoral work focused on policy development of food labelling regulation, specifically analyzing the drivers of complex policy-making processes and the influence of different stakeholder groups on the policy development process.