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We have a dynamic team of researchers, this group are essential to the progress of our activities, helping to drive and coordinate our portfolio.

  • Annie Connolly

    Research Engagement Manager

    The Food Foundation

    Annie is Research Engagement Manager at the Food Foundation, in the Children’s Right 2 Food team. She works on the school food element of FixOurFood, focussing on policy and stakeholder engagement.

    Annie has been involved in advocating for change in our food system on different scales for many years, from growing vegetables with primary school children and volunteering in food banks to campaigning for national policy change with End Hunger UK.

    She did an MSc in Food Policy and is in the final stages of her PhD at the University of Leeds on primary school children’s lived experiences of food insecurity.

    Email: Annie.Connolly@foodfoundation.org.uk

  • Dr Juan Pablo Cordero

    Research Associate

    University of York

    Juan Pablo is based in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York, and is interested in the development of scientific software,
    big data research, visual representation of data, predictive numerical models and the effect of measurement uncertainty on model parameter estimation.

    His role in FixOurFood is to develop numerical models of the Yorkshire food system which can help
    predict the effect of systemic transformations of food production, storage, processing and
    consumption on measurable indicators with an emphasis on the effects on business models, dietary
    choices and environmental impact.

    Juan Pablo is a data scientist with a PhD in Astrophysics from The University
    of Manchester, and has previously worked in large international scientific collaborations such as the
    Dark Energy Survey and the SkyPy collaboration.

    Email: jucordero@ing.uchile.cl

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    Dr Alana Kluczkovski

    Research Fellow

    University of York

    Alana’s research focus is food production and its impact on the environment. She is working with the team developing the new indoor urban vertical farm (Grow It York) carrying out research into its environmental and social impacts – quantitative and qualitative research, community and schools’ engagement and co-production.  She is also coordinator at the consortium Take a bite out of climate change where she produces educational materials to engage the public and guide policymakers about food choices to improve human and environmental health.

    Email: alana.kluczkovski@york.ac.uk

  • Dr Ruth Wade

    Research Fellow

    University of Leeds

    Ruth is a Research Fellow in the School of Biology at the University of Leeds. An ecologist at heart, her passion is to use knowledge and ideas from ecological systems in agricultural systems, working towards regenerative farming, whilst maintaining a resilient and productive farming system. Her role in FixOurFood is to quantify the impacts of regenerative farming practices on the soil, plants, interacting organisms and atmosphere. She completed her PhD in 2015, measuring the impact of predicted changes in UK rainfall patterns on barley crop production, plant defence as well as insect pests and their natural enemies. During her time as a Post-doctoral Research Associate, she worked at the University of Sheffield investigating the role of hedgerows and grass leys in supporting soil biodiversity in neighbouring agricultural fields, multifunctional landscape approaches and growth/survival trade-offs in different grass species. For the last three years she has worked as a Research Consultant at ADAS where she delivered research for the agricultural sector as well as worked directly with farmers in the UK, USA and Canada, trying to narrow the gap between actual and potential yields.

    Email: R.Wade@leeds.ac.uk

  • Eugyen Suzanne Om

    PhD Student

    University of York

    Suzanne is a PhD student at the University of York. She has a BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management. Her interdisciplinary studies have led to her keen interest in researching food systems due to the interdependencies and connectedness. Her current research focuses on identifying and enabling synergies to support transformation to regenerative food systems. Her wider interests include business and environment, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, environmental psychology, systems thinking and inner and outer transformational change for a sustainable future.

    Email: eso513@york.ac.uk

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    Dr Grace Gardner

    Research Associate

    University of York

    Grace is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and is passionate about improving the health and well-being of children through their diets. She has a keen interest in food system regeneration towards one which optimises health and the environment. After achieving a BSc (Hons) in Food Marketing and Nutrition at Newcastle University, Grace completed her PhD at the Population Health Sciences Institute, also at Newcastle University, in 2020. Her research was focused on exploring parental views of the Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign, one year after it was launched. She also completed an in-depth exploration of stakeholder views of primary school food across the socio-economic spectrum in Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the submission of her PhD, Grace spent three months as an embedded researcher within Newcastle City Council’s Public Health department. This was a valuable opportunity which helped to increase her understanding of the challenges involved with developing and delivering public health policy initiatives. She also worked closely with a range of stakeholders who are directly involved in school food provision, to examine ways of improving the school food offering across Newcastle.

    Email: grace.gardner@york.ac.uk

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    Maddie Sinclair

    Research Assistant

    University of York

    Maddie is a Research Assistant at the University of York, working across various projects for Fix our Food. Maddie holds a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Psychological Research Methods, and her research to date has focused on food advertising and children’s eating behaviour. Her research interests involve obesity prevention, the food environment and child health. Her wider interests involve sustainability and the environment, and she implemented Green workplace initiatives in a previous role.

    Email: maddie.sinclair@york.ac.uk

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    Dr Angelina Frankowski

    Research Associate

    University of York

    Angelina holds a PhD in chemical engineering. She researches on sustainable food production and consumption by applying life cycle thinking to assess environmental impacts of the whole food supply chain. Her research interests also include the food-energy-water nexus, sustainable diets and health impacts of food systems.

     

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  • Sam Buckton

    Research Assistant

    University of York

    Based at the University of York’s Department of Environment and Geography, Sam is a transdisciplinary researcher working on designing and delivering Three Horizons workshops with Yorkshire food system stakeholders to co-create transformative pathways to regenerative futures; analysing the results using systems science and futures thinking techniques; and developing links between these results and other FixOurFood workstreams (including work on governance, metrics and narratives). He is also researching understandings of regenerative systems and contributing to research on food system synergies. Sam has a BA (Hons) in Biological Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York, with several academic prizes. His research interests range widely from system transformation, futures methods, philosophy, new economics, and youth activism in the face of global crises, to natural history, ecology and nature conservation. He is a Research Associate with Global Assessment for a New Economics (GANE) and a Youth Advisory Board member for the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute project exploring youth-led adaptation to climate change in Vietnam. He has also worked with numerous British nature conservation NGOs, including at the RSPB’s innovative Hope Farm, and with the University of Cambridge to produce its Biodiversity Action Plan.

    Email: sam.buckton@york.ac.uk

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    Dr Ulrike Ehgartner

    Research Associate

    University of York

    Ulrike is a social scientist with a PhD in Sociology based at the York Management School. She is interested in sustainability, consumption and transformational change and she is passionate about co-productive and transdisciplinary forms of research. In her previous work, she focused on sustainable food consumption narratives and imagined futures through the lens of critical discourse analysis.

    In her role as a Research Associate for FixOurFood, she is dedicated to researching hybrid food economy initiatives and how they can impact production to consumption in a regenerative way.

    Email: ulrike.ehgartner@york.ac.uk

  • Dr Christopher Yap

    Research Fellow

    City, University of London

    Christopher is an urban geographer based at the Centre for Food Policy, City University. His research draws on political economy and political ecology perspectives, as well as visual participatory methods, to examine intersections between urbanisation, planning, inequality, and food systems governance. As a Research Fellow on FixOurFood, Christopher is part of a work package that examines and contributes towards developing the policies, governance structures, and decision-making processes that are necessary to transform the UK’s food systems.

    Christopher holds a PhD in human and social geography from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University. He has previously been involved in a wide range of international research projects with University College London, the London International Development Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development, and FIAN International.

    Email: christopher.yap@city.ac.uk

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