Sophie Lamond

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Research Assistant
Melbourne School of Government


Sophie Lamond is a self-described food nerd. Apart from a love of cooking and eating she is a researcher in food policy and food politics.

Sophie is a PhD Candidate at the Melbourne School of Government, Melbourne Law School. She researches institutional food environments with a focus on how universities develop and implement comprehensive food policies that create healthier, more sustainable, just and equitable food environments. Sophie completed four months fieldwork visiting US university campuses, eating lots of campus food and as a visiting student fellow at the University of California, Berkeley department of Environmental Science Policy and Management.

More broadly she has research interests in education governance, community-led change, civil society activism and systems change from the individual to institutional spheres as well as the transformative potential of social procurement.

Sophie has worked on several community food projects including work as a director of Fair Food Challenge, an NGO which empowers young people to transform campus foodscapes and take an active role in policy development. Sophie started the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement and has been involved with the Right to Food Coalition and Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. She regularly speaks, teaches and writes about contemporary food politics issues.

Sophie holds a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne with a focus on sustainable food systems. During that degree she completed research on international food corporations, public health nutrition and corporate social responsibility. Prior to this she gained a Bachelor of Arts with a first-class honours degree from the Australian National University. Sophie is also a keen seamstress, amateur illustrator and embroiderer, lover of vintage clothes and curbside furniture discoveries. She is always learning new techniques to mend worn out items with a firm belief that repair is a radical act.