John Ingram

Senior Research Fellow; Leader of the Environmental Change Institute Food Programme; Associate Professor

Trained in soil science, Associate Professor 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’s interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems; the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment; and food system resilience. He 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, with NGOs, and with businesses in the food sector, helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. In addition to leading the food systems research group within ECI, he also leads the multi-university post-graduate Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL), and coordinated the UK Global Food Security programme ‘Resilience of the UK Food System‘. He is an Associate Professor in Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College.



Hasnain, S., Ingram, J. and Zurek, M. (2020) Mapping the UK Food System – a report for the UKRI Transforming UK Food Systems Programme. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford.

Ingram, J. (2020) Nutrition security is more than food security. Nature Food, 1(2).

Zurek, M., Garbutt, G., Lieb, T., Hess, T. and Ingram, J. (2020) Increasing the resilience of the UK fresh fruit and vegetable system to water-related risks. Sustainability, 12(18). 7519.


Ingram, J., Ajates, R., Arnall, A., Blake, L., Borrelli, R., Collier, R., de Frece, A., Häsler, B., Lang, T., Pope, H., Reed, K., Sykes, R., Wells, R. and White, R. (2019) A future workforce of food-system analysts. Nature Food.


Ingram, J. and Zurek, M. (2018) Food Systems Approaches for the Future. Chapter 16 in, Serraj, R. and Pingali, P. (eds.) Agriculture and Food Systems to 2050: Global Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. . ISBN: 978-981-3278-34-9.

Termeer, C., Drimie, S., Ingram, J., Pereira, L. and Whittingham, M.J. (2018) A diagnostic framework for food system governance arrangements: The case of South Africa. NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 84: 85-93.

Zurek, M., Hebinck, A., Leip, A., Vervoort, J., Kuiper, M., Garrone, M., Havlik, P., Heckelei, T., Hornborg, S., Ingram, J., Kuijsten, A., Shutes, L., Geleijnse, J.M., Terluin, I., Veer, P., Wijnands, J., Zimmermann, A. and Achterbosch, T. (2018) Assessing Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security of the EU Food System—An Integrated Approach. Sustainability, 10(11 (4271)).


Benton, T., Crawford, J., Doherty, B., Fastoso, F., Jimenez, H.G., Ingram, J., Lang, T., Smith, P., Tiffin, R. (2017) British Food: What role should UK producers have in feeding the UK? Morrisons Supermarket.

Bringezu, S., Clarke, C., Fischer-Kowalski, M., Graedel, T., Hajer, M., Hashimoto, S., Hatfield-Dodds, S., Havlik, P., Hertwich, E., Ingram, J., Kruit, K., Milligan, B., Moriguchi, Y., Nasr, N., Newth, D., Obersteiner, M., Ramaswami, A., Schandl, H., Suh, S., Swilling, M., van der Voe, E., West, J. and Henk, W. (2017) Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic implications. A report of the International Resource Panel, UNEP, Nairobi.. 1-167.

Campbell, B.M., Beare, D.J., Bennett, E.M., Hall-Sencer, J.M., Ingram, J.S.I., Jaramillo, F., Ortiz, R., Ramankutty, N., Sayer, J.A. and Shindell, D. (2017) Agriculture production as a major driver of the Earth system exceeding planetary boundaries. Ecology and Society, 22(4:8).

Ingram, J. (2017) Food system resilience. Food Science and Technology, 31: 21-23.

Ingram, J. (2017) Interdisciplinary food systems training to address global food challenges. Agriculture for Development, 31.

Ingram, J. (2017) Perspective: Look Beyond Production. Nature, 544(17).

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