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Core Team

We are a small core team of interdisciplinary experts from public health, economics, political science, global governance and environmental science. Members include the Laureate Fellow, two Laureate Research Fellows, three PhD students, a Government Relations Specialist, a Social Media Co-ordinator and part-time research assistants. The Senior Project Officer manages the activities of the Hothouse.

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Health Equity and Director of ARCHE | Australian Research Centre for Health Equity at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Nick Frank

Nick Frank

Dr Nicholas Frank is a Laureate Research Fellow with the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse in the School of Regulation and Global Governance. Prior to this, he was an Associate Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Nicholas specializes in the political economy of trade and investment governance. He employs formal theory, econometrics, inferential network approaches, and text-as-data techniques in his research.

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Megan Arthur

Dr Megan Arthur is a Laureate Research Fellow with the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. She is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working at the intersection of social policy and public health. She studies the politics of governance for health and wellbeing at multiple levels, with a particular interest in the social and environmental determinants of health equity, and how these are mediated by political, economic, cultural, and commercial environments.

Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori

Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori

Giorgia (Gio) is a Laureate PhD candidate at the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. Her thesis will focus on the role of philanthropy in shaping planetary health equity research priorities. Originally trained as a biomedical scientist, Gio worked with various non-profit organisations focused on global health and sustainability including Health Care Without Harm Europe, Buy Better Food at ICLEI Europe and the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Roxana-Claudia Tompea

Roxana-Claudia Tompea

Roxana is a Laureate PhD candidate at the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. Her research examines the impact of digitalisation on curbing greenwashing in the Australian and European food sectors. Roxana is an experienced political scientist with a passion for sustainable development. Her focus areas include Circular Economy, resource efficiency, the EU Single Market for Green Products, product life-cycle and Environmental Footprint.

Chelsea Hunnisett

Chelsea Hunnisett

Chelsea Hunnisett is a Laureate PhD Candidate and Government Relations Specialist at the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. Chelsea's research focuses on planetary health equity metrics within Australia's approach to the wellbeing economy. Chelsea is an experienced policy, advocacy and government relations specialist with expertise in planetary health, food and preventive health policy. Chelsea has held positions at the Climate and Health Alliance, The George Institute for Global Health and the Climate Action Network Australia.

Jocelyn Cutler

Jocelyn Cutler

Our Senior Project Officer, Joss has a background in International Development and Environmental Science, she brings experience of Grants Administration and Project Co-ordination in the Public Sector and Not-For-Profits to the Hothouse.

Amy Carrad

Amy Carrad

Amy is our Communications Officer, and is also a Research Officer within the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), working on the NHMRC Ideas Project ‘Evaluating Systems Change for Health Equity: A Case Study of Australia’s COVID-19 Policy Response’, and a member of the Australian Research Centre for Health Equity (ARCHE). Her research interests include governance for healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems, including the roles of both those traditionally understood as being responsible for governing (e.g., governments), and others (e.g., civil society actors). She is also interested in wellbeing economies and the ways these alternatives could contribute to planetary health equity.

Advisory Board

The Hothouse Advisory Board comprises world renowned academics with expertise in public health, climate science and health, social systems science, economics and political studies, and key change makers in government, international organisations, business, civil society and the media. The Board will help strengthen the expertise of the Laureate team; translate the evidence generated into policy and action in Australia and internationally, and provide the Laureate Research Fellows and PhDs opportunities to build their leadership in collaborative publications, grant development and knowledge mobilization. The confirmed Advisory Board members (as of July 2022) are:

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Chee Yoke Ling

Chee Yoke Ling is the Executive Director of Third World Network, a non-profit international policy research and advocacy organization involved in sustainable development issues.

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David Schlosberg

Prof David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, Payne-Scott Professor, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental and climate justice. His other theoretical interests are in food justice and multispecies justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life - what he terms sustainable materialism.

Fran Baum

Fran Baum

Prof. Fran Baum AO is a professor of health equity at The Stretton Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia. She is a public health social scientist with a special interest in creating healthy, equitable and sustainable societies.

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From 2009-2021 she was a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University and received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her public health service.

Fran is an activist academic who advocates for a fairer, more sustainable and healthy world.

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Ian Dunlop

Mr Ian Dunlop is an Executive of the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group, an Advisory Board Member of The Club of Rome, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, and a Senior Advisory Board Member of the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, Australia. He also serves as the Director of the Chôra Foundation.

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He is an independent advisor on climate change and energy, a Director of Australia 21, and a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development.

Previously, Ian has worked in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, and in scenario and long-term energy planning. He was a senior executive of Royal Dutch Shell for many years and CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has chaired the Australian Coal Associations and the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading which developed the first emissions trading system design for Australia.

Jenn Clapp

Jennifer Clapp

Professor Jennifer Clapp is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Prof. Clapp has published widely on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, food security and food systems, and the natural environment.

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Paul Barclay

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. He is the former long time producer of the Big Ideas program on ABC Radio National.

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Paul has produced countless stories over more than 25 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.

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Sandro Demaio

Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate who is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth.

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Dr Demaio co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world.

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Sophie Lewis


 

Dr Sophie Lewis was appointed as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment on 1 May 2020.

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Previously, she was climate scientist at the University of NSW Canberra. She was also a lead author on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, which are used worldwide to develop policies around climate change.

Dr Lewis was named 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year in recognition of her research, particularly on weather extremes and how climate change contributes to events such as bushfires and droughts. In 2015 she was presented with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Early Career Researcher Award for her work in climate science.

Future Leader Fellows

The Planetary Health Equity Future Leader Fellows are PhD and early career researchers from around the world. In September 2023, the first cohort of Future Leaders gathered in Canberra to participate in a structured program of  workshops and masterclasses over a fortnight.

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Hothouse Future Leader Fellows 2023

 

Maja Arsic

Maja Arsic

Maja is a CERC Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO. She is working towards building a circular bioeconomy in agricultural and food systems across the science/policy interface.

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Maja is a 2017 John Monash Scholar with a background in plant nutrition (PhD University of Copenhagen/University of South Australia), environmental chemistry, and agricultural policy issues. She is a member of the FAO LEAP Circular Bioeconomy Approaches Technical Advisory Group for sustainable livestock systems.

Megan Arthur

Megan Arthur

Megan Arthur is a Laureate Research Fellow with the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. She is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working at the intersection of social policy and public health. She studies the politics of governance for health and wellbeing at multiple levels, with a particular interest in the social and environmental determinants of health equity, and how these are mediated by political, economic, cultural, and commercial environments.

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Prior to joining ANU, Megan’s doctoral research in the Global Health Policy Unit at the University of Edinburgh investigated the governance practices and dynamics of power within philanthropic foundations’ engagement in governance for nutrition at the national level in India.

Sarah Boddington

Sarah Boddington

Sarah is a PhD researcher at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University. Sarah’s PhD explores the experiences of people who have adopted new social norms relating to climate change, to better understand how to help people shift to pro environmental behaviours.

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Sarah has over 20 years of work experience in the process of social change, in Australia and internationally, including for DFAT/AusAID and NGOs. This includes roles as the Head of the Australian Aid Program in Nepal, Director of the Governance Advisory Section in DFAT, and Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in Cambodia.

Amy Carrad

Amy Carrad

Amy is a Research Fellow with ARCHE | Australian Research Centre for Health Equity in the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Amy is currently researching power and privilege in relation to public policy and health equity.

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Prior to joining RegNet, Amy was Project Manager and Primary Research Assistant on a project exploring the role of Australian local governments and civil society organisations in food system governance. She was the lead research assistant on a large systematic literature review on nutrition labelling policy for the WHO’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group. Amy is passionate about food systems - she is a member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and their Peoples’ Food Plan working group, Young Farmers Connect’s secretary and a member of their strategic working group, the ACT Food Advisory Panel convened by Regional Development Australia ACT, and the Right to Food Coalition.

Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori

Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori

Giorgia (Gio) is a Laureate PhD candidate at the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. Her thesis will focus on the role of philanthropy in shaping planetary health equity research priorities.

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Originally trained as a biomedical scientist, Gio worked with various non-profit organisations focused on global health and sustainability including Health Care Without Harm Europe, Buy Better Food at ICLEI Europe and the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Babet de Groot

Babet de Groot

Babet is a PhD Candidate and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is researching the global environmental governance of plastics along the global value chain and beyond in the terrestrial and marine environment.

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Babet was a Global Voices National Scholar and the Australian Delegate for Climate, Sustainability, and Energy for the Y20 in 2021, the Youth Engagement Group to the Group of 20.

Nicholas Frank

Nick Frank

Nicholas Frank is a Laureate Research Fellow with the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse in the School of Regulation and Global Governance. Nicholas specialises in the political economy of trade and investment governance. He employs formal theory, econometrics, inferential network approaches, and text-as-data techniques in his research.

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Prior to the Laureate Research Fellowship, he was an Associate Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Before joining ANU, he worked at the WTO and ICTSD on a variety of trade and development topics including trade negotiations, regional integration, value chain upgrading, trade and gender, and services sector development.

Carlos Faerron Guzman

Carlos Alberto Faerron Guzmán

In his position as Associate Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Carlos led the development and publication of the Planetary Health Education Framework, which is the first framework of its kind to provide a common language for diverse educational strategies in planetary health. He is passionate about planetary health education and decolonising research and education.

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He previously undertook research to document indigenous Borucan traditional knowledge and cultural perspectives in Costa Rica.

Hridesh Gajure

Hridesh Gajurel

Hridesh (Desh) is a political economist specialising in comparative capitalism, financialisation, corporate short-termism, and institutional theory. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in public policy based in Nepal and was previously a Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland.

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He wrote a book on the ideational and institutional roots of cross-country differences in corporate governance and firm-level distributional outcomes. His interests include applying his understanding of the interactions of market structures, institutions, and ideas in the corporate context and from a comparative perspective to issues of planetary health equity.

Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte is Assistant Professor, Department of International Politics, City, University of London. Charlotte’s research explores the politics of health, specifically the politics of framing health issues and defining what constitutes health promotion. She has explored these puzzles with an empirical focus on EU institutions, analysing ‘health promotion’ as a site of tension between the social and economic logics of EU integration.

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Charlotte earned her PhD in 2020 from the University of Sheffield, in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She is a coordinator of the UACES-funded research network on EU Health Governance, a member of the City Political Economy Research Centre and the Institute for the Study of European Laws.

Chelsea Hunnisett

Chelsea Hunnisett

Chelsea is a policy, advocacy and government relations specialist with expertise planetary health, food policy, prevention and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Chelsea currently works as a Policy and Advocacy Specialist at the Climate and Health Alliance, and is currently her Master of Sustainability at the University of Sydney, specialising in public health sustainability and policy.

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She has previously held positions at The George Institute for Global Health, the Climate Action Network and the Planetary Health Alliance. Chelsea has conducted research in planetary health policy, wellbeing economies and food ethics. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Communications Journalism and Philosophy and an Honours Degree in Philosophy from Deakin University.

Ed Jegasothy

Edward Jegasothy

Edward (Ed) is a biostatistician and epidemiologist with 10 years’ experience in the academic and government sectors in environmental health and public health. In his role as lecturer at The University of Sydney School of Public Health, he teaches into the Master of Sustainability and Master of Public Health as well as researching a range of Planetary Health Equity-related areas.

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He completed his PhD in 2020, which explored environmental justice in NSW in relation to air pollution, ambient temperature and heatwaves.

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Francis Nona

Francis is a proud Torres Strait Islander man, who is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Queensland University of Technology. Francis is passionate about health research that works for and with First Nations communities. He is a Registered Nurse and an emerging leader for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity and is currently undertaking a PhD.

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As a Torres Strait Islander man, he has personal lived experience of living and working with both urban and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Francis is passionate about decolonising research and making legitimate and protected space for Indigenous Knowledges that can better address health inequities experienced by First Nations peoples in Australia and around the world. His academic path has been developed recently with strong outputs for community engagement and an emerging academic track record, particularly regarding climate change impacts on health in the Torres Strait.

Damilola Oluwemimo

Damilola Oluwemimo

Damilola is an MPH Candidate at Western Illinois University, Macomb Illinois USA. As a Climate for Health Advocate, she is passionate about climate and health communication, planetary health equity, and policy advancement. She has garnered experience in conducting various climate and health initiatives in Africa and North America, she has volunteered for various national and international organizations.

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Damilola is a member of the Planetary Health Alliance and is currently the Program lead at the Oath for Sustainability Network, a non-profit that contributes to the solution of the ongoing planetary health crises through an interdisciplinary perspective by coordinating information through webinars, advocacy, campaigns, and training.

Sandra Samantela

Sandra Samantela

Sandra is an environmental planner and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños where she teaches courses in human settlements/environmental planning and human ecology. Her research interests include climate and disaster vulnerability, urban land governance, and local development planning.

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For over five years, she has provided technical assistance to municipalities in formulating their local development plans and climate and disaster risk assessment studies. She holds a Masters in Urban Management and Development in the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2020, she was a Local Pathways Fellows of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth.

Alex San Martim Portes

Alex San Martim Portes

  

Alex is a PhD Scholar and Research Officer at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance. His PhD thesis focuses on the implementation of TRIPS-plus patent protection in selected Latin American countries and sustainable development policies.

  

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Alex is an interdisciplinary researcher who studies international political economy, intellectual property rights, trade law, climate change, public health, sustainability, and mixed-methods research. He is interested in how trade agreements affect developing countries' capacity to design public policy and how emerging forms of domestic regulation affect international trade.

Kate Sievert

Kate Sievert

Kate is a Research Fellow with the Global Centre for Preventive Health and Nutrition (GLOBE), Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She received her PhD from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University, examining the political economy of red and processed meat reduction globally for healthy and sustainable food systems.

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She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and a Master of Public Health from Monash University. Kate has worked in research areas including understanding the politics and political economy of the global food system and examining the role of power and influence in policymaking in ultra-processed foods and infant formula in Australia and on a global level. She is President and Co-founder of the advocacy organisation, Healthy Food Systems Australia. Kate has worked in policy writing, including developing and drafting position statements, policy briefs and technical papers for the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Belle Workman

Annabelle Workman

Belle is a social scientist driven by the urgent need to develop healthier climate policies. With a background in political science and public health, Belle is now a Research Fellow in the Climate Collaborative Action for Transformative Change in Health and Healthcare (Climate CATCH) Lab & Health, Wellbeing and Climate Justice Research Program, at Melbourne Climate Futures, co-leading the Health, Wellbeing and Climate Justice Research Program with Professor Kathryn Bowen.

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Belle's research investigated the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies. She developed case studies for Australia, the European Union, China and the United States of America, identifying barriers and opportunities to enhance the political traction of health in mitigation policy development.

Visitors Program

There are two categories of visitors to the Hothouse, Distinguished Visitors and Visiting Fellow. For more information about the Hothouse Visitor Program, please read the Visitor Program guidelines.

Distinguished Visitors

Distinguished Visitors are invited visitors to the Hothouse. The Distinguished Visitor program aims to promote collaboration with international and national level stakeholders from policy, advocacy, and ethical businesses.

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is the inaugural Thinker-in-Residence to the Hothouse (2023). Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub. She is writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute, is a member of the Club of Rome, and advises Australia's Centre for Policy Development and The Next Economy.

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She sits on a range of boards and advisory groups such as the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity. She instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) – comprising Scotland, New Zealand, Finland, Wales, Iceland, and Canada.

Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows can be academic and non-academic. Visiting Fellows may undertake work that involves: collaborating with Hothouse researchers; a discrete project related to our expertise and interest; or self-directed research visits to support components of an academic program (such as a research project of a master's degree) or independent projects.

James Hasler-Bail

James Hasler-Bail

James is a freelance videographer, and public health student at the University of Queensland (due for completion November 2023). He graduated from the Academy of Film, Theatre, and Television (Sydney, NSW) in 2012 and has since worked in video production as a camera operator, video editor, director, and producer within Australia and internationally.

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James is interested in planetary health equity, climate change, the commercial
determinants of health, the gut microbiome, medical anthropology, and
the first 1000 days of life.

Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte is Assistant Professor, Department of International Politics, City, University of London. She is a 2023 Future Leader Fellow, remaining at the Hothouse for an additional three weeks following the conclusion of the Future Leaders Program.
Charlotte’s research explores the politics of health, specifically the politics of framing health issues and defining what constitutes health promotion.

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Charlotte earned her PhD in 2020 from the University of Sheffield, in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She is a coordinator of the UACES-funded research network on EU Health Governance, a member of the City Political Economy Research Centre and the Institute for the Study of European Laws.

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Please direct general enquiries to: hothouse@anu.edu.au 

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