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Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF)

The Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) carries out world-class research into food geographies - with a special attention for the role of cities and regions.

It builds on the interdisciplinary expertise of our long–established food research community at the School of Geography and Planning and Sustainable Places Research Institute to promote research, teaching and post-graduate training in the area of sustainable urban and regional food systems.


  • To design and take forward interdisciplinary and path-breaking research on urban and regional food systems.
  • To provide a focus for the School’s already extensive policy, advisory and stakeholder engagement activities from global (FAO, European Commission, WFP and UN-HABITAT) to national/local (DEFRA, Scottish and Welsh Government) work.
  • To disseminate research that contributes to meet today’s grand challenges about food security, sustainability and justice.
  • To support the training, career development and funding of researchers working on sustainable food systems.

We aim to be an international reference point for academic research on (and positive political/practical action for) food and urban and regional development. We integrate and generate new research on governance, development 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.

Our 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, food policy and governance, public food procurement, food justice, animal geographies, and the community food sector.

Selected publications

Project nameFundedInvestigator(s)
The role and interplay between private and public governance within the land-coastal zone-sea interface and the impact on food securityBritish Academy, £311.371Baker, Sanderson Bellamy and Cullen-Unsworth
Transmango: Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition securityEuropean Union, 2014-2018Sonnino, Marsden and Moragues Faus
CERTAIN: Certification evaluation toolkit and methods for inspiring consumer trust in food producersBritish Academy, £9,540
Cardiff University Seedcorn Funding £6,640
Sanderson Bellamy, Baker, Herman
Framework of Action for the Urban Food AgendaFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, £21,727.00Sonnino
Implementing healthy and sustainable catering in Scotland's public sectorScottish Government, £22,510Sonnino
Study on food in cities – innovation for a sustainable and healthy production, delivery and consumption of food in citiesCommission of the European Communities £7,804Sonnino
The power of Fairtrade: Resilience, ethical development and wine networksThe Leverhulme TrustHerman
Knowledge Brokerage Activities to Promote Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Linking Scientists, Policymakers and Civil Society Organizations (FOODLINKS)European Commission, 2011-2013Sonnino and Morgan
Urban, Peri-Urban and Regional Food Dynamics: Towards an Integrated and Territorial Approach to Food (PUREFOOD)European Commission, 2010-2014Sonnino
Growing a Healthy Older Population: Community and allotment gardening amongst older people in South WalesNational Institute for Social Care and Health Research, 2011-13Milbourne
Assessment of the application of the EU 2010 directive on meat chickens’ welfareDEFRA, 2012-2014Miele
An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTBDEFRA, 2012-2014Enticott
Farmers’ confidence in vaccines for bovine tuberculosisDEFRA, 2010-2015Enticott
Pilot EU Centre on Animal Welfare and Research NetworkEUWelNet’ EU DG-Sanco, 2013Miele
Action Research: Solidarity Purchasing Groups in ValenciaGeneralitat Valenciana, Spain, 2011-2013Moragues Faus
Participation of small farmers in fair trade initiatives in Latin America: collective action, governance and social capitalCentre for Cooperation and International Development-UPV, 2011-2013Moragues Faus
The halal meat market in Wales, potentials and barriersWelsh Government, 2012Miele
Biodiversity and Food Security: Developing Collaborative Policy for Seagrass ConservationDarwin initiative for UK Overseas Territories Challenge Fund, 2012-2013Smith (participant)
Community action for climate change: Pathfinder learning reviewWelsh Government , 2012-2013Franklin
Sustainable agri-food systems and rural development in the Mediterranean Partner Countries (SUSTAINMED)European Commission, 2011-2012Moragues Faus (participant)
Forecast for the Future: Scaling Up the Community Food SectorPlunkett Foundation, 2010-12Morgan and Sonnino
Assessing Sustainability in the Context of Food SecurityJoint Research Centre, European Commission, 2012-13Sonnino and Moragues Faus
Community Grown Food in WalesWelsh Government, 2010-11Milbourne
Planting Spaces, Growing Places: Community gardening in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods in the UKCardiff University, 2008-12Milbourne
Cultures of veterinary regulationESRC, 2008-2010Enticott
Veterinary Capacity in WalesWelsh Government, 2008-2010Enticott


Dr Roberta Sonnino

Yr Athro Roberta Sonnino

Darllenydd mewn Polisïau a Chynllunio Amgylcheddol

+44 (0)29 2087 5781

Academic staff

Dr Helen Coulson

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2087 0281
Dr Gareth Enticott

Dr Gareth Enticott

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 6243
Agatha Herman

Dr Agatha Herman


+44 (0)29 2087 4728
Antonio Ioris

Dr Antonio Ioris

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 4845
Professor Terry Marsden

Yr Athro Terry Marsden

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 5736
Mara Miele

Yr Athro Mara Miele

Professor in Human Geography

+44 (0)29 2087 9121
Professor Paul Milbourne

Yr Athro Paul Milbourne

Head of the School of Planning and Geography

+44 (0)29 2087 5791
Dr Ana Moragues Faus

Dr Ana Moragues Faus

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2087 5774
Professor Kevin Morgan

Yr Athro Kevin Morgan

Athro Llywodraethu a Datblygu

+44 (0)29 2087 6090

Dr Hannah Pitt

Research Associate (PLACE)

(0) 29 2087 9632

Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Research Associate (PLACE)

+44 (0)29 2087 5045
Andrew Williams

Dr Andrew Williams

Lecturer in Human Geography

 +44 (0)29 2068 8680

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Past events

Brexit and the future of food and farming

This event examined the impacts and possible future scenarios arising from Brexit in the food and farming sectors.

Since June 2016, the process of leaving the EU has highlighted the complex ways the farming and food sectors are connected to Europe through markets, regulation and policy. Brexit will require new systems of rural development, agricultural subsidies and ecosystem services, and new rules to address the sector's reliance on overseas labour.

Based on research with key stakeholders within the food and farming sectors over the last year, School of Geography and Planning's Professor Paul Milbourne, Professor Kevin Morgan and Dr Gareth Enticott and Dr Rebecca Sandover (University of Exeter) examined the key challenges facing food and farming, the potential future directions for food and farming and the views of overseas labour on Brexit currently working in the UK.

Big Hunger

In Big Hunger, author Andrew Fisher argued that many key anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. His research finds that efforts to end hunger, reduce obesity, and reform farm subsidies are compromised by corporate interests.

Andrew Fisher has worked in the anti-hunger field for twenty-five years, as the executive director of national and local food groups, and as a researcher, organizer, policy advocate, and coalition builder. He has led successful efforts to gain passage of multiple pieces of federal food and nutrition legislation. Andrew Fisher was joined by a panel of practitioners and academic experts, including Katie Palmer, Food Cardiff, and Eleanor Sanders, Trussell Trust Cardiff, to discuss the challenges facing the anti-hunger movement in the UK and the opportunities for building a progressive food justice movement.