Seona’s work focuses on researching and modelling future food and urban system scenarios. She is currently working as a research fellow on two projects funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. The Visions and Pathways 2040 project is collaborative, multi-stakeholder project aiming to develop visions, scenarios and pathways for transitioning to low-carbon in Australian cities. The Future Cities Nodes project aims to work collaboratively with a diverse group of local councils to identify opportunities across Melbourne where critical infrastructure services like energy, food, water and waste can be delivered in a way that is more distributed and integrated, and explore the impacts on carbon emissions and urban resilience.
She was joint chief investigator of the Foodprint Melbourne project, investigating what it takes to feed Melbourne, in terms of land, energy and water, as well as the food waste and greenhouse gas emissions generated. She also worked as a research fellow on the interdisciplinary Australian Food Supply Scenarios project investigating the intersection of health and sustainability in the Australian food system and quantifying the interactions between food availability and associated resource use.
She has a background in engineering and international development, and practical experience in the areas of renewable energy, food security, appropriate technology and participatory design. She has also worked with organisations such as Engineers Without Borders and CoDesign Studio, investigating opportunities to improve food security and nutrition in developing countries.