Dr Kiah Smith

Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
k.smith2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52486

Overview

I am an early career Sociologist in the fields of environment and development, with a focus on agrifood political and cultural economy. My research focuses on understanding the transformation of local and global food systems in light of shifting social relations and global environmental change, and emphasises the social and political-economic factors underpinning the ways that food production, trade and consumption are understood and contested by multiple actors (farmers, women, supermarkets, policy makers, activists) at local, national and global levels. I have published on food security, climate change, ethical/fair trade, sustainable livelihoods, gender, green economy, governance and resilience, and have a growing interest in the right to food and food justice in the global South. I have conducted qualitative and participatory sociological research in Australia and internationally, have worked with local NGOs (in Africa and Australia), with the United Nations Research Institute in Geneva, and in multidisciplinary research teams spanning the social and natural sciences both here and abroad. I currently work on an Australian Research Council Discovery project exploring the 'financialisation' of food and land in Australia. I am also a Future Earth Fellow and a Research Associate with the Centre for Social Economy in Nicaragua.

Research Interests

  • Agrifood Political Economy
    'Financialisation of Food and Farming' in Australia, with a focus on agribusiness investment in the the North Queensland sugar industry Supermarket power and industry 'greening' Food crisis, multiple crises (food, climate, economic)
  • Food Justice
    Civic/ alternative food networks Fair Food organising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Community food policy making Food citizenship Environmental justice
  • Food systems governance
    Resilience of long and short food chains Adaptive governance, reflexive governance Food systems in 'crisis', e.g. flooding, climate change Food systems transformation Multi-stakeholder participation
  • Gender and Ethical Trade
    Fair and ethical trade, e.g. 'ethical consumption and production' networks Smallholder food production/trade in the Global South Sustainable livelihoods Gender empowerment Conventions, standards, multistakeholder regulation
  • Green Economy
    Social dimensions of green economy UN policy processes

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • I am currently looking to bring an Honours (Sociology/Social Science) student onto our ARC project team (with Prof. Geoffrey Lawrene) for 2018. The focus will to develop a case study on Financialisation of Food and Farming in Australia. Please contact me directly for more details.

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Publications

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am currently looking to bring an Honours (Sociology/Social Science) student onto our ARC project team (with Prof. Geoffrey Lawrene) for 2018. The focus will to develop a case study on Financialisation of Food and Farming in Australia. Please contact me directly for more details.