Angelina Sanderson Bellamy
Angelina is a Professor of Food Systems at the University of West of England (UWE). She’s won £9.8 million in funding, including UKRI’s TGRAINS project and awards from AHRC, British Academy, Welsh Government and Horizon 2020. Angelina is an experienced leader of challenge-led interdisciplinary research on food systems, land use change, ecological resilience and ecosystem services. She was Senior Research Fellow in Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute and Associate Dean for Environmental Sustainability and has worked internationally at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University’s Wood’s Institute for the Environment.
A longstanding researcher in sustainable agriculture and food systems, Tim has led the UK’s Global Food Security Programme (2011-16). His expertise and skills are truly interdisciplinary, with an interest in scenarios for robust decision-making under uncertainty. Based jointly at Chatham House and the University of Leeds (UoL), his recent projects as Principal Investigator include the £10m GCRF-AFRICAP project. Tim is Chatham House’s Research Director for Emerging Risks, and Director of its Environment and Society Programme.
Professor Sarah Bridle is Chair in Food, Climate and Society at the University of York, driving changes in our food production methods and portfolios for the health of people and planet through research on the environmental impacts of dietary choices. Author of Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air, Sarah founded the Take a Bite out of Climate Change project, the STFC’s Food Network+, and leads the Metrics Work Package of FixOurFood, following a twenty-year career in astrophysics.
Neil is a human geographer specialising in agrifood and rural development at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He was UEA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (2014-21) and Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (2004-08). He’s served as a Cabinet Office advisor on agricultural policy and has appeared before numerous parliamentary select committees. Neil is author of Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System (Routledge, 2022).
Stefan is the Champions Coordinator. He is a plant biologist at the University of Leeds (UoL). He is Head of the School of Biology and Associate Director of the Global Food & Environment Institute where he leads research on agriculture and environment through the Leeds Net Zero Agriculture Living Lab. His work has led to new approaches to sustainable crop production, including patented technologies for the optimisation of crop architecture. He leads circular economy projects to reduce climate emissions through regenerative fertilizer replacements and sits on the Executive Board of the Priestley International Centre for Climate.
Sophie is the Project Manager for the Network+ at UWE, engaged in project oversight and the monitoring of key objectives. She’ll be looking into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) across project activities and identifying ways forward as needed, and interested in impact, she’ll be looking at how we can build across the different agrifood sectors.
Jonathan is the Project Manager for the Network+ at the University of York. He is mostly involved with communications across the network, such as the monthly newsletter, and keeping the website up to date.
Maimie contributes to the Network+’s operations work, provides diary management and administrative support to Professor Sarah Bridle at the University of York, happily encompassing anything else their eclectic skill set permits.
Vicky is the Project Coordinator for the Network+ at UWE. She works inclusively across the network on project finances, contracting, events planning, administration and much more to help keep the Network+ wheels turning.
Claire is the Project Manager for the Network+ based at the University of Leeds. She looks after the Network+ Champions, supporting Stefan, and runs the Stakeholder FlexFund.
Jez is our Knowledge Exchange Fellow based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, at the University of East Anglia. She works with Prof Neil Ward to investigate the research gaps holding the agri-food system back from a net zero transition, and creates engaging content to help spread new and innovative knowledge on the subject. She does this through the Network's webinar programme, podcast, and other activities.
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UK Research has funded this Network+ with the support of these 4 councils:
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)