Dr Lila Singh-Peterson

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Dr Lila Singh-Peterson


Research areas

  • food security and supply chain resilience
  • community resilience
  • community development and equitable livelihoods
  • gender equity


Lila’s research interests are primarily concerned with community development in relation to food security, equitable livelihoods and community resilience, which she pursues in Australia and the South Pacific. Lila has led several projects with rural communities and local governments in New South Wales and Queensland to determine the impact of extreme weather events on food production and distribution, and to develop methods to monitor and evaluate levels of community resilience. Lila also works in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga to develop community engagement strategies and identify smallholder farmers’difficulties in accessing markets and enhancing livelihoods. Lila is currently working on Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations projects in the South Pacific.

As a mixed methods researcher employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Lila has an interest in exploring multi-media in order to communicate project outcomes with participants and facilitate social learning. In 2015 Lila directed a 32 minute documentary — The Changing Face of Mary — highlighting the issues confounding small scale farming and innovative ways in which farmers are responding to these compounded pressures of climate change and globalisation. Director: Lila Singh-Peterson, Producer: Sondra Smit, Executive Producers: Geoffrey Lawrence, Bill Carter and Lila Singh-Peterson.

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year

Improving the capacity of small famers to market a consistent supply of safe, quality food

Lila Singh-Peterson, Co-investigator



Enhanced fruit production and postharvest handling systems for Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga

Lila Singh-Peterson, Co-investigator

Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR)


A scoping study to identify strategies that enhance the resilience of the economic sector in preparation for potential disasters and emergencies along the Sunshine Coast

Lila Singh-Peterson, Principal Investigator

Sunshine Coast Council


Community Resilience Gympie

Lila Singh-Peterson, Principal Investigator

Gympie Regional Council


Building Resilience by Empowering Communities: Addressing the Vulnerability of Food Supply Chains following Extreme Weather Events

Lila Singh-Peterson, Principal Investigator

Foundation of Regional Renewal and Resilience: Repair Restore Renew — QLD Flood & Cyclone Recovery Grant Program


Developing a Systems Approach to Understanding Vulnerability and Resilience in Relation to Natural Hazards

Lila Singh-Peterson, Co-investigator


USC Internal Research Grants and Local Government Assoc. of Qld


Every State for Themselves? Learning from Cross-Border Regulatory Instruments to Support and Promote Climate Change Adaption in Australia 

Lila Singh-Peterson, Co-investigator


National Climate Change Adaption Research Grants Program (Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions)


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