Dr Luke Craven


Luke Craven is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.

Luke’s research focuses on developing new tools to understand and address complex policy challenges. He works with a range of public sector organisations to adapt and apply systems frameworks to support policy design, implementation and evaluation. Luke is known for developing the System Effects methodology, which is widely used to analyse complex causal relationships in participatory and qualitative data. He is also involved in number of collaborative projects that are developing innovative solutions to complex policy challenges, which includes work focused on food insecurity, health inequality, and climate resilience.

Luke holds a PhD in Political Science at the University of Sydney, where he remains affiliated with the Sydney Environment Institute and the Charles Perkins Centre. 

More information about Luke's research and publications is available through his website.


Schlosberg D; Craven L, 2019, Sustainable Materialism Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, Oxford University Press, USA, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/sustainable-materialism-9780198841500?cc=au&lang=en&

Craven L; Dickinson H; Carey G, (eds.), 2018, Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: Tackling the Critical Challenges

Book Chapters

Carey G; Malbon E; Buick F, 2018, 'Boundary spanners: towards a theory of practice.', in Craven L; Dickinson H; Carey G (ed.), Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: Tackling the Critical Challenges., Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp. 121 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315206271-13

Craven L; Schlosberg D; Mann A, 2018, 'Addressing the SDGs in Cities through Food Business Incubation: FoodLab Sydney', in , Barilla Foundation, Milan, pp. 145 - 152

Craven L; Carey G; Dickinson H, 2018, 'The methodology challenge', in Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: Tackling the Critical Challenges, Routledge

Carey G; Craven L; Dickinson H, 2018, 'The future of boundary spanning research and practice', in Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: Tackling the Critical Challenges, Routledge

Journal articles

Moon K; Guerrero A; Adams V; Biggs D; Blackman D; Craven L; Dickinson H; Ross H, 2019, 'Mental models for conservation research and practice', Conservation Letters, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12642

Levkoe CZ; Hammelman C; Craven L; Dandy G; Farbman J; Harrison J; Mount P, 2018, 'Building Sustainable Communities Through Food Hubs', Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2018.082.008

Craven LK, 2017, 'System Effects: A Hybrid Methodology for Exploring the Determinants of Food In/Security', Annals of the American Association of Geographers, vol. 107, pp. 1011 - 1027, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2017.1309965

Agyeman J; Schlosberg D; Craven L; Matthews C, 2016, 'Trends and Directions in Environmental Justice: From Inequity to Everyday Life, Community, and Just Sustainabilities', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 41, pp. 321 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-090052

Craven LK, 2015, 'Migration-affected change and vulnerability in rural Vanuatu', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 56, pp. 223 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apv.12066

Craven LK; Gartaula HN, 2015, 'Conceptualising the Migration–Food Security Nexus: Lessons from Nepal and Vanuatu', Australian Geographer, vol. 46, pp. 455 - 471, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049182.2015.1058797