Dr Sonia Nuttman

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Lecturer, Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2018
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Deakin University, 2008
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 2004

Contact

sonia.nuttman@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43788

Biography

Sonia Nuttman is an award-winning public health lecturer and researcher at Deakin University who works at the intersection of human health, nature and sustainability.Sonia’s research interests and expertise include: sustainable food systems (e.g. university farms, community gardens/school kitchen gardens, permaculture, food movements), the impacts of wild and natural environments on health and wellbeing (e.g. wilderness therapy, forest schools), spiritual ecology and education for sustainability. 

She is the co-founder and chair of the Deakin University, Campus Community Garden and won the Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Healthy Deakin in 2015 for this initiative. Sonia is an active member of the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group at Deakin University. The group leads research at the nexus of human health and the natural environment from two angles: using nature to improve health and wellbeing, and protecting the environment to ensure sustained health for future generations 

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Career highlights

Developing Deakin University's first sustainability pledge, organisation of the Talloires Declaration, including its launch at Deakin in 2012.

Management of the sustainable transport program at Deakin which led to the Department of Transport using Deakin University's travel plan as a best practice example in a university setting and the establishment of the Travel and Transport Portfolio at Deakin University.

Establishment of Deakin's first interdisciplinary, cross faculty unit called Creating Sustainable Futures (HSD201/201). Our small team won a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning and Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning in 2010.

Research interests

Sonia’s research interests and expertise include: sustainable food systems (e.g. university farms, community gardens/school kitchen gardens, permaculture, food movements), the impacts of wild and natural environments on health and wellbeing (e.g. wilderness therapy, forest schools), spiritual ecology and education for sustainability and eco-living. 

Affiliations

Australian Association for Environmental Education

Learning and Teaching Sustainability

Teaching interests

Sustainable Food Systems, urban agriculture, food sovereigty, permaculture, Education for Sustainability, Health, Nature & Sustainability.

Units taught

  • Creating Sustainable Futures (SHD201/301)
  • Environmental Sustainability (SLE121)
  • Planning and Evaluation 1 (HSH201)
  • Understanding Health (HBS107)
  • Politics, Policy and Health (HSH302)
  • Local and Global Environments for Health (HSH112)
  • Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum (HSH303)
  • Health Sciences Practicum (HSH322)

Knowledge areas

Sonia’s research interests and expertise include: sustainable food systems (e.g. university farms, community gardens/school kitchen gardens, permaculture, food movements), the impacts of wild and natural environments on health and wellbeing (e.g. wilderness therapy, forest schools), spiritual ecology and education for sustainability.

Conferences

Nuttman, S. (2010), ‘Sustainable Transport and Health’, National Health Promotion Association Conference, Melbourne.

Capetola, T., Nuttman, S. & Patrick, R. (2010), ‘The Medium is the Message’, Teaching and Learning Conference, Deakin University.

Capetola, T., Nuttman, S. & Patrick, R. (2009), ‘Climate change and health: multifaceted problem, multifaceted response’, Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference, Melbourne.

Capetola, T., Nuttman, S. & Patrick, R. (2009), ‘Climate change and health: multifaceted problem, multifaceted response’, Growing Research Together Conference, Deakin University.

Capetola, T., Nuttman, S. & Patrick, R. (2009), ‘Explain, Sustain, Remain: cross disciplinary education for sustainability’, Teaching and Learning Conference, Deakin University.

Professional activities

Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee member.

Media appearances

2019 ABC South Australia and Broken Hill by Sarah Tomlinson. Interviewed for the recently released Eat-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Systems – to provide expert commentary.

2019 FairFax Media: Sydney Morning Herald and Cosmos Magazine – providing expert commentary on the Eat-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Systems.
 

Research groups

Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group, Deakin University

Education for Sustainability Special Interest Group, Deakin University

Awards

2016. Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Healthy Deakin, Deakin University.

2015. Green Gowns Award, Highly Commended for Learning, Teaching and Skills, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability.

2014. Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Health and Social Development, Deakin University.

2013.  Award for Excellence, Health Nature and Sustainability Research Group.

2010. Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning.

2010. Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning.

2009. Gosh Wow Award*, School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University.

2009. Social Capital Award*, School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University.

2007. Parks Victoria Award for the best honours project in the Faculty relating to health and nature or the environment.

*Gosh Wow Award is given to recipients who go above and beyond their written duties while the Social Capital Award is given to recipients who try to create a collegial work environment/culture.

Projects

Coordinator/manager for TravelSmart Project: 2007-2010 at Deakin University

Publications

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2019

Health promotion and food insecurity: exploring environmental sustainability principles to guide practice within Australia

Sonia Nuttman, Rebecca Patrick, Mardie Townsend, Justin Lawson

(2019), Health promotion journal Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2018

New frontiers in community initiatives to increase vegetable consumption

Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Sonia Nuttman, Isabella Ryan

(2018), Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2014

Engaging higher education institutions in the challenge of sustainability: Sustainable transport as a catalyst for action

L Hancock, S Nuttman

(2014), Vol. 62, pp. 62-71, Journal of Cleaner Production, C1

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2012

Health promotion and climate change: Exploring the core competencies required for action

R Patrick, T Capetola, M Townsend, S Nuttman

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 475-485, Health Promotion International, C1

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A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education

R Patrick, T Capetola, S Nuttman

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 67-80, Focus on health professional education: a multi-disciplinary journal, Adelaide, SA, C1-1

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2009

Climate change in the kitchen and on the public health agenda

T Capetola, R Patrick, S Nuttman

(2009), pp. 16-18, Health issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report