Robyn Alders

Dr Robyn Alders


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Research interests

Robyn’s current research and development interests include sustainable domestic and global food and nutrition security/systems, health security, One/Planetary Health, gender equity and Science Communication. 


Robyn Alders is an Honorary Professor with the Development Policy Centre within the Australian National University, a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, Chair of the Kyeema Foundation, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University and Chair of the Upper Lachlan Branch of the NSW Farmers’ Association.  For over 30 years, she has worked closely with family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, SE Asia and Australia and as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in animals in rural areas in support of food and nutrition security.

In May 2002, Robyn was the recipient of the Kesteven Medal, awarded by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in recognition of distinguished contributions to international veterinary science in the field of technical and scientific assistance to developing countries.  In January 2011, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia by the Governor General of Australia for distinguished service to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs. In February 2017, Robyn was the recipient of the Inaugural Mitchell Global Humanitarian Award which recognises Australians and others supported by Australian aid who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of international development.


Current student projects

Jessica Ramsden.  PhD student. “The emergence of ‘sustainable and ethical eating’ in modern food culture and implications for Planetary Health”.  A part-time PhD student within the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, commenced February 2019.

Researcher's projects

Policy and public expenditure opportunities to support implementation of BMGF livestock strategy

Co-PI through Centre for Global Health Security, Chatham House, UK

Granting Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grant Period: 1 October 2018 – 31 December 2019


Poultry Farmer Field School Manual Development

Granting Agency: FAO and IFAD

Grant Period: September to December 2019





BSc(Vet) Hons I, BVSc Hons I, DipVetClinStud, PhD

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