Dr John Ingram

Leader, ECI Food Programme, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College
Environmental Change Institute

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 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), then based in NERC’s CEH Wallingford site. The GECAFS International Project Office was relocated to ECI in October 2006. 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 ECI 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 recently led a project spanning UK business, government, researchers and other stakeholders to identify research priorities for the UK food system; and is currently collaborating closely 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).

Current activities

Coordinating the UK Global Food Security Programme’s “Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context” research programme; Developing and promoting ECI’s food systems research programme; Co-I on several food systems research projects; Leading the multi-university Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL).

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