Georgia CsortanUniversity of South Australia | UniSA · School of Natural and Built Environments
Doctor of Philosophy - Environmental Science (Urban Agriculture)
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As part of my PhD I am currently researching the resource efficiency, productivity and social value of urban agriculture in South Australia. We're doing this via the Edible Gardens Project - using a citizen science approach with an online survey and then in-field garden data collection by selected participants. The survey collects data on motivations, values, challenges, practical elements of people's food gardens (size, growing methods, water sources, irrigation methods) and information on food preservation and distribution. Selected gardeners are now collecting input (time, money and water use) and yield data on their own food gardens - with all kinds and sized gardens, producing herbs, fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey and fish. I'm currently working on analysis and writing up.
As the dominant form of urban agriculture (UA) in Australia, existing home food gardens potentially represent a significant resource in the context of future urban food security and sustainability. However, a severe lack of in-field data has hindered our understanding of the form and function of home food gardens which in turn may hinder innovation...
We are living in an age of concern for mental health and wellbeing. The objective of the research presented in this paper is to investigate the perceived health, social value and happiness benefits of urban agriculture (UA) by focusing on home and community food gardens in South Australia. The results reported in this paper are from “Edible Gardens...
Water use and the cost of water are key factors when considering the net value of urban agriculture (UA). This systematic review critically evaluates past and recent UA yield research from the perspective of water use efficiency. A systematic literature search was conducted using the databases Scopus, ProQuest Agriculture and Environment, and Web o...
In our visions of the future, urban agriculture has long been considered an integral part of the ‘sustainable city’. Yet urban agriculture is an incredibly diverse and variable field of study, and many practical aspects remain overlooked and understudied. This paper explores the economic sustainability of urban agriculture by focusing on the physic...
Aquaponics is emerging as a novel technology with particular potential for urban agriculture (UA). The social acceptance of aquaponics and its place in urban food planning has not previously been studied. This study used focus groups, key informant interviews, and scenario analyses to investigate the reactions of Adelaide’s urban food opinion leade...
In an uncertain future of climate change and constrained resources, urban agriculture is widely viewed as a sustainable and scalable approach to improving food security. While its social, health and wellbeing benefits are well documented, there is a major knowledge gap in terms of the financial accessibility of urban food production for all househo...