2 August 2019
It is a pleasure to announce that Professor Steven Underhill has joined the Sustainability Research Centre as a Co-Director.
Steven’s alignment with the SRC strengthens our research funding profile and complements our strong HDR, publication and engagement outputs.
He also adds an additional academic perspective to the triple bottom line and governance interests of the SRC. He specialises in subtropical and tropical postharvest horticulture systems in developing countries, based on poverty alleviation and livelihood development outcomes.
His current research program focuses on the South Pacific where he works with smallholder farmers to improve their postharvest handling and quality management systems. Working closely with colleagues at the Fiji National University, the University of the South Pacific, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan, much of his research is conducted in the Pacific.
Ongoing research covers a diversity of research topics from sensor-based postharvest handling assessments, postharvest infrared thermal imagery, smallholder farm postharvest capacity building, through to dwarfing-orientated genetic research in breadfruit. All collectively oriented towards supply chain development in transitional economies and wider food security/poverty alleviation benefits.
In addition to his appointment at USC, Steven also holds a Principal Research Fellow at The University of Queensland’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.