The ‘Domino Effect’: Global and Regional Climate Change Impacts on Food Supply Chains


There is a complex relationship between climate change and food systems. Food supply chains – in particular food transportation – result in global greenhouse gas emissions, and these emissions are known to be a driving force underlying climate change. But it also works the other way. Joining Dr Natali Pearson on SSEAC Stories, Dr Arunima Malik discusses the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on global regional food systems and supply chains, identifying potential cascading repercussions including job and income loss as well as a loss in nutrient availability and diet quality.

About Arunima Malik:

Dr Arunima Malik is an academic in the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) group at the School of Physics, and in the Discipline of Accounting, Business School of the University of Sydney. Her research focusses on big-data modelling to quantify sustainability impacts at local, national and global scales. Arunima’s research is interdisciplinary, and focuses on the appraisal of social, economic and environmental impacts using input-output analysis. Arunima works with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network for quantifying spillover effects in international supply chains.

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Natali Pearson

Dr Natali Pearson is Curriculum Coordinator at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, a university-wide multidisciplinary center at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on the protection, management and interpretation of underwater cultural heritage in Southeast Asia.

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