Our Research

The centre aims to be an international reference point for academic research on (and positive political/practical action for) food and urban and regional development. We aim to integrate and generate new research on governance, planning and policy strategies relating to food sustainability, security and justice in both developed and developing countries. Specifically, our current work focuses on

  • the opportunities for (and barriers to) to food security and sustainability;
  • the implications of food policies on the spatial and socio-economic relationships between different actors in the food system and between rural and urban areas;
  • the development effects of strategies that address the welfare and health needs of the human and animal population.

The Centre’s staff also have expertise and research interests in the relationship between conventional and alternative food networks, food consumption practices, the interplay between global and local food systems, community food growing, public food procurement, food justice, animal geographies, and the community food sector.