My research focuses on sustainable food systems, with a particular focus on governance. Working across the science-policy interface, in my career I have acted as an advisor to many different bodies and organisations, including FAO and the European Commission.
Integrated Urban Food Policies – Developing Sustainability Co-Benefits, Spatial Linkages, Social Inclusion and Sectoral Connections to Transform Food Systems in City-Regions (2022-2027). Funded by the EC, Horizon Europe Programme. Total contract value: €12 million. Principal Investigator
Building Pathways Towards FOOD 2030-led Urban Food Policies (2020-2022). Funded by the EC (Horizon 2020 Programme, Innovation Project). Total contract value: €12 million. Principal Investigator
Assessment of the Impact of Drivers of Change on Europe’s Food and Nutritional Security (2014-2018). Funded by the EC, 7th Framework Programme. Total Contract Value: €3,938,477. Principal Investigator
Funded by the Scottish Government (2016-17). Total contract value: £34,600. Principal Investigator
Knowledge Brokerage to Promote Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Linking Scientists, Policymakers and Civil Society Organizations (2011-2013). Funded by the EC, 7th Framework Programme. Total Contract Value: €1,495,264. Principal Investigator
Urban, Peri-Urban and Regional Food Dynamics: Towards an Integrated and Territorial Approach to Food (2010-2014). Funded by the EC (Marie Curie Initial Training Network). Total Contract Value: €2,886,382. Principal Investigator
Making Local Food Work Programme, funded by the Plunkett Foundation (2010-2012). Contract Value: £39,836. Co-Applicant
Enhancing the Theoretical Understanding of Rural Development (2007-2009). Funded by the EC (Specific Targeted Research Project). Total Contract Value: €655,636. Co-Applicant
Funded by the Gates Foundation and the World Food Programme (2007). Contract value: $137,487. Investigator
Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Contract value: £194,000. Co-Applicant
I have designed and led MSc modules on Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Policy and Food Security and Justice. I also designed and directed an MSc Programme on Food, Space and Society and contributed to teaching on Research Methods. At the undergraduate level, I have led modules such as Environmental Policies and Planning and Study Skills. In my career, I have delivered guest lectures all over the world and held visiting professorship positions at the University of Cordoba (Spain), Slow Food's University of gastronomic Sciences (Italy) and BOKU University of Vienna (Austria).