A Doctoral Candidate in Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine, Sally earned an MA in Demographic and Social Analysis from UCI and a BA in Sociology and Spanish from Southwest Minnesota State.
As the Founding Director of the Food Works Lab at the University of California, Irvine, Sally currently manages three funded projects on local food and food waste systems. Her primary research examines the role of household behaviour in successful curbside organics collection programmes. Sally developed this work while studying urban waste systems, household behaviour and waste infrastructure at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
In Sally’s previous community-based scholarship she collaborated with stakeholders to establish food scrap separation infrastructure in on-campus apartment communities at UCI in which she studied the food-related practices of 30 households.
Her research has focused on sustainability issues including environmental justice, public lands planning, and transportation policy. Sally also worked as a consultant in statistical analysis and community-based curriculum development to non-profit organisations, government agencies, and philanthropy consultants.