University of Oxford
Dr John Ingram (Lead Academic and Programme Leader) email@example.com
Trained in soil science, John gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in Africa and Asia in agriculture and forestry research projects. In 1991 John was recruited by NERC to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology, part of IGBP’s international global change research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Executive Officer for the international research project “Global Environmental Change and Food Systems” (GECAFS). John now oversees the Environmental Change Institute’s Food Programme which aims to enhance the efficiency of food systems to improve food security while minimising environmental impacts. See here for more about John.
Dr Saher Hasnain (Education Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
City, University of London
Dr Rebecca Wells (Education Coordinator – job share with Annabel de Frece) email@example.com
Formerly a radio producer on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Rebecca has been a visiting lecturer at City University London for three years, teaching master’s students in the Centre for Food Policy and the Department of Journalism. Now finishing her PhD, her research investigates the links between food policy and media coverage. Her research interests include media coverage of food policy, food poverty and food banks. See here for more about Rebecca.
Dr Annabel de Frece (Education Coordinator – job share with Rebecca Wells) firstname.lastname@example.org
A BA (Hons) in Development Studies and Geography (SOAS) followed by an MSc in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy (Wye) led to Annabel’s interest in agricultural livelihoods and the links between policy, the environment and social and cultural systems. Her doctoral research in the Yucatán, Mexico explored local meanings attached to the milpa and the interactions between farmers, development interventions and environmental narratives in examining the role of the milpa in explaining resistance to agricultural change. Annabel’s research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, exploring the connections between representation, discourse and the cultural and political interactions between people and the environment with a focus on social inequality and gender issues. She also works at the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (CeDEP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies where she teaches gender and social inequality and supervises research students.
The London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) (Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Dr Barbara Häsler (Lead Academic, RVC) email@example.com
Barbara originally trained as a vet, specialised in animal health economics, and is now working as a Lecturer in Agrihealth with the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). She has a strong interest in applying interdisciplinary approaches to better understand food systems and how changes in those impact on food safety and food security and to improve the wellbeing of people and animals through better resource allocation. See here for more about Barbara.
Niko Dadios (Education Coordinator – job-share) firstname.lastname@example.org
Niko graduated as a vet in Greece in 1996. After some time in clinical work he moved to the UK in 2001 to work as Official Veterinarian in the supervision of meat producing establishments. In 2003 he completed his MSc in Food Technology and Quality Assurance at the University of Reading. Since then he has worked in technical management in the meat industry. Niko has worked in research projects at the RVC, including one leading to the modernisation of the meat inspection regulations in the EU. He is the author of a number of publications.
Louise Whatford (Education Coordinator – job-share) email@example.com
Louise graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. In 2019 she completed a PhD in epidemiology and microbiology that was interested in increasing our understanding of mastitis in sheep and developing strategies for its control. This has led to her interest in agriculture, livestock health and welfare and interdisciplinary approaches to tackle questions. She is currently working at RVC, investigating sustainable and healthy beef and sheep food systems in Great Britain.
Each LCIRAH partner university also has a local representative:
University of Reading
Dr Alex Arnall (Lead Academic) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex has a PhD in Geography from the University of Oxford. His research focusses on climate change adaptation, human migration/mobility and rural livelihoods, with much of this work based in sub-saharan Africa, and Mozambique in particular. He has also carried out consultancy for a number of international NGOs and development agencies, including GIZ, Save the Children, Oxfam GB and WWF. Alex directs the MSc in Food Security and Development at Reading University. See here for more about Alex.
Dr Harley Pope (Education Coordinator) email@example.com
Harley is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interests in systems thinking, science and technology studies, governance, agriculture, international development and the environment. He has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Technology (ecological management) from Imperial College. More recently he has completed his PhD entitled, “Participatory Crop Improvement: The challenges of and opportunities for institutionalisation in the Indian public research sector”. While working as an Associate Researcher at the University of Sussex he provided subject matter specialist support in the areas of urban ecosystem services, sustainability and urban agriculture to an Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project operating in Delhi. Find out more about Harley here.
University of Warwick
Dr Rosemary Collier (Lead Academic) Rosemary.Collier@warwick.ac.uk
Rosemary trained as an entomologist and has worked on the pest insects of horticultural crops for many years. She is Director of Warwick Crop Centre and an Academic Lead for the Warwick Global Research Priority (GRP) on Food. Her main research interest is in the development and application of Integrated Pest Management strategies for horticultural crops. Rosemary is also interested in the wider aspects of food production and consumption and in recent years has collaborated with colleagues from a range of disciplines (sociology, geography, statistics, engineering, theatre studies) on projects associated with food and food security. See here for more about Rosemary.
IFSTAL Programme Office (Oxford)
Roger Sykes (Food Systems Programme Manager)
Roger holds a BA in Human Geography from the University of Reading and an MSc in Gerontology at Kings College London. He previously worked in policy and research roles for the Local Government Association and the Audit Commission. Roger’s role involves day-to-day management of IFSTAL by providing support to team members; liaising with consortium partners and funders on administrative, financial and contractual issues; organising summer schools, workshops and meetings; and supporting the Programme Leader. See here for more about Roger.
Rosina Borrelli (Workplace Engagement Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosina Borrelli has a background in change management consultancy and food education with a first degree in European Business with Technology and a mid-career Master’s in food. She has worked in a variety of areas of the food system including hospitality, manufacturing, retail and FMCG. Her most recent experience is with the Children’s Food Trust, the National Childbirth Trust and Slow Food where she specialised in early years food education. She has tri-sector experience and therefore brings a wide range of workplace skills and understanding to the programme. She is passionate about effecting change through your work-based learning experiences and your eventual options and choices after graduating. She connects the food sector with the programme and raises awareness of the value and uniqueness of IFSTAL participants while looking for possible and exclusive opportunities.