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Food@Manchester

From field to fork, its production, distribution and consumption impacts the daily lives of people all over the world.

As populations continue to grow and our climate continues to change, food and delivering food security become issues increasingly worthy of deeper investigation.

Food@Manchester was created to celebrate the breadth of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary activity at The University of Manchester around the subject of what we grow, what we eat, how we eat it and the subsequent effect on business, society and the environment.

Few universities can match Manchester’s extensive range of world-class food-related research that draws together experts in the fields of biology, ecology, social science, innovation, policy, energy, climate change, economics, psychology, medicine and engineering.

Type: 
Research group
Acronym: 
UoMFood

Connections

Person

Dr Josephine Mylan

Jo's research interests lie in understanding how society can transition to more environmentally sustainable ways of consuming resources. This will require changes in the way we provision goods, including the technologies, economic and social arrangements, and cultural conventions which shape processes of production, distribution and consumption.

Keywords: 
Innovation, Management, Policy, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Consumption, Social responsibility, Political economy

Person

Prof Adisa Azapagic

Adisa's research interests are in the area of Engineering for Sustainable Development, which includes systems optimisation, sustainable technology, life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and corporate sustainability. She has over 100 publications in these areas of interest, including three books.

Keywords: 
Systems analysis, Sustainability, Technology, Instrumentation, Production, Impact, Environment, Carbon, Management, Climate, Business, Social responsibility, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Dan Welch

Dan’s research interests include: cultural economy and cultural intermediation; social ontology and theories of practice; sustainability communications and commercial communications more widely; and sustainable consumption as discourse and practice. He is interested in exploring neglected theoretical resources within theories of practice for the study of sustainable consumption, as well as developing links between practice theory and complementary approaches such as socio-technical transitions and economic sociology.

Keywords: 
Consumption, Food, sustainable food consumption, Waste, Media, Communications

Person

Dr Bruce Grieve

Dr Grieve is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has spent 20 years of his career in the field of on-line analysis, measurement and informatics R&D within pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Keywords: 
Information technology, Innovation, Health, Biotechnology, Biology, Technology, Monitoring, Agriculture, Business, Rural studies, Filtration, Instrumentation, Communication, Engagement

Person

Dr Laura O’Keeffe

Keywords: 
Food, Water, Energy, Interdisciplinary, Knowledge exchange, Universities, Engagement, Workplace engagement, Networks

Person

Prof Ada Wossink

Ada Wossink is professor in the Environmental Economics research area group at the University of Manchester. Previous appointments include professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University in the USA and positions at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She also worked as a researcher at Statistics Netherlands.   

Keywords: 
Biology, Economy, Environment, Management, Resources, Policy, Governance, Technology, Sustainability, Food, Consumption, Evaluation, Teaching, Education

Person

Prof Alan Warde

I am Professor of Sociology. My previous position was Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. I am a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the British Sociological Association and was a member of the ESRC Research Grants Board 2007-10. I am a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 sub-panel for Sociology.

During academic years 2010-12 I hold the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Research Professorship for Studies in Contemporary Society, at the University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland.

Keywords: 
Consumption, Society, Economy, Food, Networks, Engagement, Culture, Sustainability, Education, Teaching

Person

Prof David Polya

David's current research interests include field, laboratory and theoretical studies in environmental geochemistry, particularly with respect to arsenic in shallow aquifers in Bengal and Southeast Asia.

Keywords: 
Environment, Monitoring, Management, Geology, Chemistry. Water

Person

Ms Claire Hoolohan

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Claire Hoolohan is a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, based at The University of Manchester. Her research interests include how social practices around food and water are collectively organised and the role of individuals, businesses, policy makers and others in building a more sustainable future.

Keywords: 
Food, sustainable consumption, Water, Business

Person

Dr Alice Bows-Larkin

 

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Climate, Climate change, Carbon, Aviation, Aerospace, Transport, Shipping, Food, Economy, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Patricia Thornley

Patricia Thornley is a chartered physicist with over 20 years experience working in bioenergy in industry and academia. She was involved with engineering implementation of many of the UKs early bioenergy plants, but is now based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Patricia leads the 4.5 million EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research challenges associated with delivering sustainable bioenergy systems.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biomass, Systems analysis

Person

Dr Joanne Swaffield

Joanne Swaffield joined the Sustainable Consumption Institute as a Research Associate in November 2013. Her current research focuses on the construction of ‘appropriate’ sustainable behaviour and the role of reuse networks in modern neoliberal society. Jo is also involved in the ESRC funded project, ‘Households, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions’.

Jo’s research interests include, the discursive construction of (un)sustainable behaviour, the ‘neoliberalisation’ of environmental governance and the role of environmental ‘change agents’ in neoliberal society.  

Keywords: 
Food, Waste, Media, Recycling, sustainable food consumption

Person

Dr Mirjam Roeder

Mirjam's research interests focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation and mitigation strategies for agriculture, food systems and biofuels, implications of land use change, as well as food security, trade and sustainability issues. 

Keywords: 
Agriculture, Society, Rural studies, Climate change, Mitigation, Food, Culture, Consumption, Globalisation, Economy, Geography, Development, Ecology, Environment, Buildings

Person

Dr David Evans

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Consumption, Society, Economy, Energy supply, Food, Lighting, Energy, Households, Sustainability, Waste management, Waste, Innovation, Business, Mobility, Engagement, Environment, Policy, Governance, Networks, Research methods, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement