Dr Nicolette Larder

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Nicolette Larder

Phone: +61 2 6773 5783

Email: nlarder@une.edu.au


PhD (UQ), BUrbanEnvPlan (Hons - University Medal) (Griffith Uni)

Teaching Areas

  • GEPL 111 Earth in crisis
  • GEPL 112 Where in the world? Australia’s human geography
  • GEPL 301 Economic change and urban development
  • GEPL 338 Understanding research
  • AGFD200 Barley to beer: Food security

Research Interests

Dr Larder’s research agenda revolves around the social dynamics of the global agri-food system and the myriad ways people engage with and make sense of the act of food production. Within this broad scope work to date has engaged food producers from varying backgrounds across urban and rural settings and always with the intention of unraveling how food production fits within and contributes to broader social and environmental crises such as land and water scarcity, food insecurity and social inequality. She draws from a wide range of theoretical influences to explore diverse productive environments and producers including political economy, community economies, social movement studies, gender studies and most recently financialisation. Dr Larder has conducted research in Australia and internationally in Mali, Senegal, the UK, and Germany and she is trained in qualitative research approaches including extended fieldwork and cross-cultural research. Current research projects explore the changing nature and character of agriculture in Australia as practiced by investment banks, sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms, with a particular focus on the motivations and changing labour relations associated with financialisation. Future research plans include exploration of the financial literacy of food producers, a comparative study of food sovereignty movements in Australia and North Africa and an evaluation of urban food-banks in Australia.


Google Scholar:



  • Institute of Autralian Geographers
  • Australia and New Zealand Agri-food Research Network
  • Community Economies Research Network
  • Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network

Further Information

Grants and Awards

2012, University of Queensland School of Social Science Madeline Taylor Scholarship to support international fieldwork, $1000

2012, University of Queensland Graduate School International Travel Award, $4,602

2011, University of Queensland Global Change Institute grant, Dr Kristen Lyons, Ms Kiah Smith, Ms Nicolette Larder, ‘Understanding Australia’s contribution to food security in the global South’, $10,000