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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: sophie.stewart@york.ac.uk

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Professor Steve Banwart

June 23, 2021

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For the first three years of the FixOurFood programme Steve brought expertise in soil research and theoretical mathematical modelling, but very sadly he passed away in December 2023. Steve held the University of Leeds Leadership Chair in Integrated Soil – Agriculture – Water research and was Director of the Global Food and Environment Institute. He […]

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Dr Belinda Morris

June 22, 2021

Belinda is responsible for the operational oversight of FixOurFood. Her interests lie primarily in maths and science – she holds a PhD in surface and solid state chemistry (Manchester) and spent several years tutoring maths and science to Key Stage 4. She built her experience in financial and project management whilst leading the Interpretation and […]

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Dr Michelle Cain

June 22, 2021

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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 […]

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Professor Sarah Bridle

June 22, 2021

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 […]

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Professor Maria Bryant

June 22, 2021

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Maria is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition based at the University of York and the Bradford Institute of Health Research. She is a nutritionist with over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of trials and related methodological research in the field of food, diet and obesity. Her methodological interests include development and […]

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Professor Lisa Collins

June 22, 2021

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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 […]

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Professor Katherine Denby

June 22, 2021

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Katherine is one of the Directors of FixOurFood and 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 […]

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Professor Ioan Fazey

June 22, 2021

Ioan leads the action-oriented research in FixOurFood that aims to understand how we can support a systemic and transformational pattern shift in the Yorkshire Food system. This has included extensive stakeholder engagement to explore transformation, assisting different bodies to develop strategic food transformation plans and developing new concepts around regenerative food systems. Ioan is Professor of the […]

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