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DECRA grant success – Dr Hope Johnson

ACHLR researcher Dr Hope Johnson has been awarded an ARC DECRA grant for her project ‘Regulating the future of protein’.

The $450,853 project aims to to determine how this can be achieved by developing optimal ways of regulating alternative proteins. Alternative proteins imitate meat and dairy but are often made using new technologies. This project combines an innovative mix of empirical and legal analysis to understand the full range of expectations, opportunities and risks regarding alternative proteins and their regulation. It uses this new knowledge to determine how to regulate for healthy, sustainable and prosperous future food systems. Expected outcomes include a new approach to regulating food and the creation of new pathways for stakeholder engagement in regulation for better food futures.

The three-year project is expected to commence in 2023. We congratulate Hope on this tremendous recognition.

About Hope Johnson

Dr Hope Johnson is a socio-legal researcher in food and agricultural law, regulation and governance. She’s published on global governance of food systems as well as Australia’s regulation of food. Her work has been published in academic journals and used in policy making. Key themes in Hope’s research include sustainable diets, food labels, food and agricultural technologies, human rights and regulatory studies. Hope uses a mix of empirical and legal methods to explore how to regulate food systems to improve public health and environmental outcomes, and she draws on various areas of law related to food and agriculture including food standards, international trade law, intellectual property and environmental and planning law.

Her current research is focused on the regulation and politics of alternative proteins.

You can find out more about Hope and her research on her QUT academic profile.

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