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Georgia Irving

September 12, 2023

Georgia is a Research Assistant for the Fix our Food in Schools team at the University of York. She has previously worked in community focused roles for a large portion of her career, working closely with volunteers and community groups. Georgia became interested in fixing the food system after volunteering at a local community kitchen […]

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Rebecca Newman

August 3, 2023

Rebecca is focusing on governance for transforming food systems in Yorkshire. Previous to this she contributed to the Harvesting the Sun Twice project exploring how social factors might shape spatial suitability for Agri voltaic systems in East Africa. She also assisted on the Sensors for Clean Water project for the Stockholm Environment Institute exploring user-directed […]

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Sundus Mahdi

July 5, 2023

Sundus is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She works on the school food work stream of FixOurFood. Sundus is passionate about food policies that aim to improve children’s diet and overall health whilst also reducing health inequalities. She also has a keen interest in whole systems […]

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Dr Philip Hadley

July 5, 2023

Philip is a Research Associate in the School for Business and Society at the University of York in May 2023, working on projects related to food systems, hybrid business models and their associated supply chains. Alongside Fix our Food, Philip is involved in NIHR-funded research exploring community food assets in Bradford and Tower Hamlets (London), […]

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Dr Rebecca Wells

July 3, 2023

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Food Policy in the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London and the Programme Director for the Centre’s MSc in Food Policy. Her research focuses on the interactions between food policy and the media, and developing food policy for a healthier, more sustainable and equitable food system. […]

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Sophie Stewart

December 5, 2022

Sophie is a former secondary school Head of Science who made the transition to work in higher education following her relocation to York. Prior to working with FixOurFood, Sophie facilitated the operations of the Bioscience Technology Facility in York, and has a range of experience in events management, project development and future planning. Email:

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Nicola Nixon

October 20, 2022

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Nicola is currently working on her PhD with FixOurFood, based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Her research focuses on how school food procurement can impact health and wellbeing outcomes for all children, working towards a more equal, healthier nation in conjunction with regenerating our natural environment. She is passionate […]

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Rebecca Lait

October 17, 2022

Rebecca is undertaking a PhD with FixOurFood, based in the School for Business and Society at the University of York. Having graduated from her undergraduate and masters degrees in Theoretical Physics, Rebecca is keen to apply her analytical and problem solving skills to FixOurFood projects and will be researching the impact of low-emission diets on […]

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Ben Fletcher

October 14, 2022

Ben is a PhD student within the School for Business and Society at the University of York. He is exploring the key components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in tackling wicked problems within the food system. Alongside his PhD, Ben supports the Bradford District Sustainable Food Partnership where he aided the co-development of the District Food […]

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Sam Buckton

April 8, 2022

Sam is currently a PhD researcher at the University of York’s Department of Environment and Geography, researching how learning and evaluation platforms could support food system transformations such as the one that FixOurFood aims to support in Yorkshire. Prior to this, Sam was a Research Assistant with FixOurFood working on designing, delivering, and analysing results […]

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