This research project aims to develop a dynamic system model for understanding and simulating the interrelationships among: environmental sustainability with a focus on climate change, food systems, dietary choices and human health in Australia, based on system dynamics and/or agent-based modelling.

The specific aims of this study are: First, identify appropriate indicators and pathways that could represent the interrelationships among environmental sustainability, climate change, food systems, dietary choices and human health, under the Australian context; also, identify appropriate tools for later modelling and analysis. Second, develop a dynamic system model incorporating environmental sustainability with a focus on climate change impacts, food systems, dietary choices and human health using methods of system dynamics and/or agent-based modelling. Third, using knowledge acquired from the dynamic system modelling to build a framework for sustainability assessment for Australia, incorporating the dynamic interrelationships among environmental sustainability, climate change, food systems, dietary choices and human health, mainly based on principles of circular economy. Lastly, conduct a sustainability assessment based on the dynamic model and sustainability assessment framework.

Advisors: Dr Anthony Halog

Project members

Tianchu Lu

Tianchu Lu

PhD candidate