Gianna Bonis-Profumo

Gianna Bonis-Profumo
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PhD Candidate
Primary research group: 
Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods
MA Development Studies (Anthropology); Grad Dip Management of Non-Profit Organisations; BA Political Sciences




Researcher and development practitioner focusing on Food Security, Nutrition and Gender. 

Gianna is passionate about food and nutrition security issues, specifically those affecting women, Indigenous populations and smallholder farmers. Her research interests are cross-disciplinary focusing on food security and nutrition issues, gender dynamics and on how these intersect with agriculture in development contexts. Most food insecure people around the world are smallholder farmers, and she is particularly interested in understanding the gendered pathways by which agriculture, livestock and aquaculture programmes can best support nutrition outcomes among rural communities. With a social sciences background, her contributions to the food security and nutrition fields are framed around the socio-cultural aspects of rural agrarian livelihoods and diets, gender relations and programme evaluation matters. 

She has been involved in food and nutrition security projects for over 8 years, including in Timor-Leste, with Aboriginal communities through the Australian Red Cross, and in multiple sustainable food production initiatives. As part of her Master of Development Studies at the University of Sydney, she produced a Briefing Paper on nutrition-sensitive agricultural development focused on Southeast Asia. This framework, combined with her experience working in a rural farm, inspired the “Food and Nutrition Hub” project proposal, winner of the BCFN Young Earth Solutions! in 2014.

She is currently based in Timor-Leste undertaking a PhD based on the BCFNYES! project, exploring the interrelations between women’s empowerment in agriculture, animal-source food production and child dietary diversity among subsistence farming communities. In Timor-Leste, she has consulted for DFAT programmes, lead the local research component of the Strategic Review of the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) in strong collaboration with Professor Jessica Fanzo from Johns Hopkins University, with whom also undertook an agriculture sector review for the World Bank. Currently, Gianna works with the World Food Program on Social Behaviour Change Communication for improved nutrition while undertaking her PhD fieldwork.

Gianna has worked in Australia and Southeast Asia for over a decade in the non-for profit and academic sectors, grew up in Barcelona, and has Italian heritage.


My projects

 Timor-Leste Strategic Review: Progress and Success in

In rural Timor-Leste, agriculture is the main livelihood activity for 70% of its population yet s

People I work with

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Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey
Natural resources-based livelihoods, Associate Professor
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Dr. Abu Nasar Abdullah
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Frances Every
Alumni - PhD Student
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Julian Gorman
Research Fellow
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Indrawati Y. Asmara
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Luke Preece
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Dr. Bronwyn Myers
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Nick Hogarth
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Nick Smith
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Ria Fitriana
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Dr Sarah Hobgen
Research Associate
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Prof. Owen Stanley
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Kamal Melvani
PhD Student
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Ronju Ahammad
Doctoral Student
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Dirk Steenbergen
Post-doctoral Fellow (NAMRA)
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Pia Harkness
PhD Student
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Frederika Rambu Ngana
PhD student
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Hannah Ling
PhD Student
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Dr Lisa Petheram
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Sam Pickering
Research Associate
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Kim Hunnam
PhD Student
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Emily Gibson
PhD Student

My blog posts

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In late August I had the opportunity to attend the Crawford Fund Annual Food Security Conference focused on food waste and food loss along the supp

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