John Ingram

Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

Trained in soil science, John Ingram gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in Africa and Asia in agriculture and forestry research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology, part of IGBP’s international global change research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Executive Officer for the international research project "Global Environmental Change and Food Systems" (GECAFS). On the close of GECAFS in 2011 he was appointed NERC Food Security Leader until assuming his current role of Food Systems Programme Leader at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute in May 2013.

John has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean, and has conceived, developed and/or led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UNEP and CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, and with NGOs and businesses in the food sector, helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. He leads the multi-university post-graduate food systems training programme (IFSTAL) and also the ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’ programme. He is also collaborating with the public-private-academic ‘Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture & Nutrition Security’ (CIMSANS) of the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation (ILSI-RF).

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