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Rachael Wakefield-Rann

Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Rachael is a Research Consultant at ISF. She has a background in the environmental and social sciences, with experience researching circular economy transition pathways, toxic chemicals in everyday products and living environments, and waste minimisation and resource recovery across government and non-government sectors.

Rachael’s interdisciplinary PhD research focused on the role of social practices in creating healthy and sustainable indoor living environments in Sydney, Australia. Her research aims to improve our understanding of the social and material dynamics that influence how microbes, chemicals and other environmental factors interact to contribute to polluted indoor environments. The driving purpose of this research is to inform the development of more healthy and sustainable urban environments into the future.

Prior to joining ISF, Rachael worked as a Waste Project Officer in local government, responsible for social change programs to improve recycling and waste reduction. Before this, Rachael worked on international research projects examining global food flows, urban food security, and the drivers of food waste in Australia.
Rachael’s research interests include the circular economy, food waste, and environmental risk, particularly in relation to health and pollution.


  • –present
    Dr, Institute for Sustainable Futures


  • 2012 
    Australian National University , BA/BSc (Hons 1)