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The leadership team includes the Principal Investigator, senior operations team and the lead for each of our research areas. The group meets regularly and provides dynamic and strategic leadership for the programme, ensuring integration across activities and the pursuit of transformation.

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    Prof Bob Doherty

    FixOurFood Academic Director

    University of York

    Bob is the Director of FixOurFood, Professor of Marketing and N8 Chair in Agrifood at the University of York Management School.  Since joining York in 2012 he has been Principal Investigator of ‘IKnowFood’ and more recently ‘FixOurFood’ from the Transforming Food Systems Strategic Priorities Fund. From April 2019, Bob has been seconded as a policy fellow into the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on a new science research programme launched to inform DEFRA policy making:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/science-research-programme-launched-to-inform-defra-policy-making

    Bob has also provided both oral and written evidence for a range of House of Commons select committees, House of Lords Food and Farming enquiries and for the National Food Strategy, where he has played the role of rapporteur at public dialogues. In addition, he holds a number of institution-wide research positions including the University of York lead for N8 AgriFood with the role as Director of the N8 Food Systems Policy Hub and research theme leader for sustainable food in the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI). Furthermore, he is a trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation. Bob specialises in research on hybrid organisations and the management aspects of fair trade organisations and social enterprises and has published in Nature, Journal of Business Ethics and the International Journal of Management Reviews. Prior to moving into academia Bob spent nearly five years as Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate Ltd.

    Email: bob.doherty@york.ac.uk

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    Professor Corinna Hawkes

    Director, Centre for Food Policy

    City, University of London

    Corinna is Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, a Centre dedicated to shaping an effective food system through education, research and policy engagement.  She has worked for 20 years with UN agencies, governments, universities and NGOs at the city, national and international level to support the design of more effective policies to improve diets and prevent malnutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases throughout the food system. She has worked at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Sao Paulo and World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Framework which tracks policies to promote healthy eating worldwide.  In 2018, Corinna was appointed Vice Chair of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce. She is also a Distinguished Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bite Back 2030. Corinna blogs at www.thebetterfoodjourney.com.

    Email: corinna.hawkes@city.ac.uk

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    Professor Ioan Fazey

    Director of Strategy for the Department of Environment and Geography

    University of York

    Ioan is Professor of the Social Dimensions of Environment and Change and Director of Strategy for the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His research focuses on how to steward transformations to regenerative futures and bring about the systemic kinds of changes needed to overcome 21st century challenges like climate change. This includes researching and asking deep questions about how our knowledge systems – universities, research institutes, and the way we go about learning in complex environments – need to transform to support wider societal transformations to sustainability. Ioan has over 70 research publications in knowledge, resilience, transformations and sustainability. He actively supports and facilitates a growing field of research, teaching and action associated with transformation, including being a founding member and steward of the SDG Transformation Forum, co-founder of the Transformations Conference Series and trustee of H3uni.org – the action oriented organisation promoting transformative thinking and building capacity for working within a rapidly changing world.

    Email: ioan.fazey@york.ac.uk

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    Professor Katherine Denby

    Professor of Sustainable Crop Production

    University of York

    Katherine is a member of the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products in the Biology Department at the University of York. Her research focuses on plant disease resistance, novel bio-control strategies and crop improvement for disease resistance, yield and quality traits. Katherine’s work is focused on leafy vegetables, using large-scale data and new plant breeding techniques to meet the needs of UK and Global South agriculture and new production systems (e.g. vertical farming). She is an editor of The Plant Journal and the journal Plants, People, Planet, and an Executive Board member of the Global Plant Council.

    From 2016-2021 Katherine was Academic Director of the N8 AgriFood Programme, a multidisciplinary programme across eight UK universities integrating research and providing evidence to inform policy and practice in sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, and accessible healthy diets to tackle national and global food security challenges.

    Email: katherine.denby@york.ac.uk

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    Professor Lisa Collins

    Professor of Animal Science

    University of Leeds

    Lisa is Head of the School of Biology, Professor of Animal Science, N8 Agrifood Chair in Agricultural Systems, Director of the National Pig Centre and Deputy Director of the Global Food and Environment Institute at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the development and application of smarter agricultural systems through multi-disciplinary approaches including technology development, systems modelling and data analytics. Amongst a broad portfolio of active research projects, Lisa is PI on PIGSustain, a £2.06m Global Food Security programme grant.

    Lisa serves on national and international advisory, funding and academic society councils and strategy groups, including BBSRC, the Dog Advisory Council, ASAB council, and European Food Safety Authority groups. She is an experienced public communicator of science, regularly presenting invited public lectures including at the Royal Institution and in national theatres.  Her work regularly features in national and international news media in all formats.  In 2014, she received the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award for excellence in science communication, and in 2010, the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award.  In 2020, she was elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and is the British Science Association Section President for Agriculture and Food for 2021.

    Email: L.Collins@leeds.ac.uk

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    Dr Maria Bryant

    Reader in Public Health Nutrition

    University of York

    Maria is a nutritionist with almost 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of trials and related methodological research in the field of diet and obesity, with a special interest in early years and childhood. In addition to her academic role at the University of York, she is the Director of Nutrition Research for Born in Bradford, the academic lead for Diet and Obesity evaluation for a Better Start Bradford and the Food and Healthy weight theme lead for  ‘ActEarly’, a MRC funded project aiming to promote a healthier, happier, and fairer future for children. Maria sits on many external committees, and is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees for the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO).

    Maria is committed to deliver research and teaching that makes a substantial contribution to society. Her work includes a broad portfolio of obesity, food and nutrition research which spans multiple systems.  This systems based approach is inherent in public health and nutrition research, as behaviour is influenced not only by individual psychology, biology and behaviour factors, but also by wider systems including food production and distribution, environments and social influences.

    Email: maria.bryant@york.ac.uk

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    Professor Sarah Bridle

    Professor of Food, Climate and Society

    University of York

    Sarah is a transdisciplinary researcher driven by the need to tackle climate change, focusing on a quantitative approach to helping transform food systems to steward change to new kinds of futures.

    Sarah’s current research focuses on synthesising, exploring and effectively communicating environmental and nutrition impacts of different dietary options, with the aim of driving changes in food production methods and portfolios to be healthy for people and planet.

    Sarah founded the Take a Bite out of Climate Change project, including leading a stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2019.

    Sarah has unique expertise in managing large scale data, bringing a background including a degree in Natural Sciences, a PhD in astrophysics (University of Cambridge, 2000); and statistical cosmology research in France, Cambridge, London (Lecturer/Reader 2004-2012) and Manchester (Professor 2013-). Author of >100 refereed publications with >10,000 citations (h>50), Sarah has won prestigious awards including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, the Royal Astronomical Society’s Fowler Award, and ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants.

    Email: sarah@sarahbridle.net

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    Dr Michelle Cain

    Lecturer in Environmental Analytics

    University of Cranfield

    Michelle’s core expertise is in greenhouse gases, air pollution and climate science. Her current research focuses on the role of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide in limiting global warming, consistent with the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal. In particular, how to estimate the temperature outcomes from reducing methane emissions. Agricultural emissions are dominated by methane and nitrous oxide, both potent greenhouse gases. However methane’s lifetime in the atmosphere is around a decade, whereas nitrous oxide’s is over a century, and so methods of comparison must account for this to be accurate over all timescales.

    Before joining Cranfield in 2020, Michelle was a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, where she developed the Oxford Martin Programme on Climate Pollutants, which aimed to make climate metrics used in climate policy more fit-for-purpose. She held two University of Oxford Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, on agricultural climate mitigation.

    As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge (2009-2017), Michelle worked on modelling the sources of pollution measured by the Cranfield-based FAAM research aircraft. She took part in conducting large field campaigns to the Arctic to measure methane in the atmosphere, linking these measurements back to sources such as remote wetlands. Other field campaigns targeted UK air pollution, and fugitive methane from North Sea gas rigs.

    Her PhD, from the University of Reading, combined airborne measurements with modelling of long range transport of pollutants in the atmosphere from North America to Europe, and also in the West African Monsoon.

    Photo credit: David Fisher

    Email: Michelle.Cain@cranfield.ac.uk

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    Anthonia James

    Operations Director

    University of York

    Anthonia is responsible for the operational oversight of FixOurFood. She has worked for over 20 years in research project management, managing multiple projects and programmes totalling over £30m. She began her career managing a research network, building the capacity of primary care researchers across the UK Yorkshire region. She then spent over a decade at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Leeds working in global health research focussing on communicable diseases and health care delivery. During that time she managed several large EU funded projects and was the lead non-academic for two successful international research consortia, both funded by the Department for International Development. In 2018 Anthonia moved to York as Operations Director of the N8 AgriFood programme where she now leads the operations for the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub alongside her FixOurFood role.

    Email: anthonia.james@york.ac.uk

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    Dr Belinda Morris

    Programme Manager

    University of York

    Belinda is responsible for supporting the management and delivery of FixOurFood. Her interests lie primarily in maths and science – she holds a PhD in surface and solid state chemistry (Manchester) and tutors maths and science to Key Stage 4. She built her experience in financial and project management whilst leading the Interpretation and Exhibition teams at the National Railway Museum. Prior to that she worked as a science communicator – designing and delivering community science events around the Yorkshire region. Belinda is also the Manager for the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub based at York.

    Email: belinda.morris@york.ac.uk

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    Professor Steve Banwart

    Director, Global Food and Environment Institute

    University of Leeds

    Steve holds the University of Leeds Leadership Chair in Integrated Soil – Agriculture – Water research and is Director of the Global Food and Environment Institute. He champions integrating research on soil and water resources into the study of Earth’s Critical Zone, the surface layer of the planet from bedrock to atmospheric boundary layer that provides most life-sustaining resources. He obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Natural Environmental Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Zurich. His core science is basic chemistry that is also applied to the study of soil systems and natural waters. His achievements include combining laboratory experimentation, theoretical mathematical modelling, and data from field studies in order to describe water flow and transport and mechanism of chemical transformations that quantify: (a) Soil functions that produce crops, store and filter infiltrating water, transform nutrients, store carbon from the atmosphere as organic matter, provide habitat and sustain biodiversity, (b) Weathering of rock and minerals to deliver solutes to drainage waters in catchments and river basins including the release of contamination from mining sites and (c) Role of the geological barrier to contain civilian high level nuclear waste within underground repositories constructed in bedrock Biogeochemistry and natural biodegradation of hydrocarbon pollution in soil and groundwater aquifers.

    Email: S.A.Banwart@leeds.ac.uk

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