Research

Mindfulness & meditation

Fundamentally I am looking to inform the dose-response question through my research- how much meditation is needed in order for it to provide certain benefits? This question of course depends on a range of factors – what kind of meditation is being practices? What are the goals of practice? What kinds of tools and methods are being used to support practice? In other words, maybe there are more and less effective ways of practicing mindfulness. Through my research I hope to inform these and other questions.

Here is a link to a study I am involved with that focuses on learning more about the meditation practices people engage in at home: https://melbourneuni2.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnfZ2fW2KEijfYp

Prior research

My prior research was in the area of food system sustainability.

Food system transformation must include adaptation to a destabilized Earth system.
M. Hadjikakou, N. Bowles, O. Geyik, M.A. Shaikh, B.A. Bryan. In review.

The livestock sector and planetary boundaries: A ‘limits to growth’ perspective with dietary implications. N. Bowles, S. Alexander & M. Hadjijakou.
Ecological Economics, Volume 160, June 2019, Pages 128-136
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.01.033

Abstract: The livestock sector is a key driver of humanity’s transgression of several planetary boundaries, with the production of ruminant meat being particularly impactful. Given current trends in demand for animal products, strategies to significantly reduce the livestock sector’s environmental impacts are urgently needed. Here we draw on published data to examine livestock’s impacts in three key critical sustainability domains within the planetary boundaries framework – climate change, biochemical flows and land-system change, and seek to quantify livestock’s occupation of humanity’s safe operating space now and into the future (2050). We estimate that the livestock sector may already occupy the majority of, or transgress, humanity’s safe operating space across these domains, with such impacts forecast to grow by 2050. Furthermore, we explore the potential of reasonably foreseeable technological measures to mitigate the sector’s environmental impacts. While such measures are deemed necessary, their effects are unlikely to be sufficient to shrink the scale of livestock’s impacts to a sustainable level, as defined by the three planetary boundaries tested. The implication of these findings is that macroeconomic policies promoting both sustainable production and consumption practices are integral to the realisation of a sustainable food system, where humanity functions within its safe operating space.