Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of Leeds
I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer of Environment and Development in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in May 2022. My research explores the creation the resilient and equitable food systems - environmentally and economically sustainable food systems that can feed a growing global population and support their wellbeing whilst adapting to security threats such as climate change, changing preferences, and economic shocks. To integrate these components, I utilize environmental social science and political ecology methods within an integrative research design for investigating human-environment interactions - resilience assessment. Taking this perspective allows me to investigate impacts across multiple scales, to highlight all impacts - intended or not - for all actors. I use the theory of adaptive cycle and panarchy to explore longitudinal resilience dynamics, along with applied resilience practice to test and disseminate potential solutions in food systems. To support impact, I collaborate with members of key research and engagement organizations, academics from multiple disciplines and universities, local and national governments, non-profits, and smallholder and commercial producers.
Prior to joining SRI I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University (2016-2022), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
Key research Interests: Food systems, social-ecological systems, resilience, multifunctionality, food security, livelihoods, sustainable agriculture, agricultural transformation, land use change, adaptation to climate change, equity, biofuels, rangelands, urban agriculture, Ethi
Member Since: 2016