Gianna Bonis-Profumo

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


Born in Barcelona, of Italian heritage, and based in Australia and Southeast Asia for the last decade.


Gianna is passionate about food and nutrition security issues, specifically those affecting women and Indigenous populations. She is qualified and experienced in Social Sciences, gender-based projects, and in social programs evaluation and research. She has been involved in food security projects for over 8 years, working in Aboriginal communities with 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 rural communities. In Timor-Leste, she also consults for the NGO sector and bilateral agencies supporting research studies in social development.

My projects

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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Sarah Hobgen
Research Project Officer - PHD Student
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Prof. Owen Stanley
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Kamal Melvani
PhD Student
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Ronju Ahammad
PhD 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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