Ferne Edwards

Awarded a PhD in cultural anthropology from the Australian National University (Canberra, 2015), Ferne has more than 16 years international research and university teaching experience on sustainable cities, urban food systems and social movements. Her work explores the socio-cultural contexts, ethics, politics and sustainability potential of diverse social food economies in cities. She has conducted ethnographies on food waste, urban beekeeping, non-monetized alternative food economies and food sharing in Australia, Venezuela and Spain.

Ferne has also worked collaboratively and led interdisciplinary teams, coordinated international publications and events, has contributed to urban design thinktanks at the Victorian Eco-Inovation Lab, and to policy for the Australian national scientific bodies, CSIRO and the National Climate Change Research Facility. In 2013 Ferne was appointed a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council, and in 2016 Ferne became a Fellow of the Australian Anthropology Society and Honorary Associate at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University.

She can be contacted at: ferne.edwards@rmit.edu.au.

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