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Biography

John is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and latterly management. Before moving to the University of Huddersfield, John worked in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University and for Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol. Throughout this period, his research has focused very broadly on 'sustainable communities' and 'sustainable food systems'.

John is currently working with Deema Refai and Radi Haloub on the BA/Leverhulme funded project: 'A Better Future - Understanding Refugee Entrepreneurship' (BFURE). He is also working on an Academy of Marketing funded project with Claire McCamley, Fiona Cheetham and Brendan Canavan that aims to visualise a place-based economic future for Kirklees.

John has published extesively from his work on migrant workers and migrant entreprenuers, including a jointly authored Comparative Study of Polish Migration to WalesFrom his work on the ethnic and religious food markets, he has published a jointly edited collection on Global Halal Markets, a jointly authored book on Globalising Kosher and Halal Markets,  and a jointly authored volume on Kosher and Halal Business ComplianceFor a complete list of public talks, research presentations and research outputs see www.johnlever.com.

John's teaching has a specific focus on food sustainability, circular economy and environmental policy at both UG and PG level. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Norbert Elias Foundation.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Food, sustainability & circular economy
  • Food, religion & migration
  • Migrant workers & migrant, ethnic, refugee entrepreneurs 

Keywords

  • sustainability of urban regional food systems
  • local food
  • halal & kosher meat
  • sustainable communities
  • religion
  • place based food
  • immigration
  • refugees
  • circular economy

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Research Output 2005 2019

9 Citations (Scopus)

The Structural Invisibility of Outsiders: The Role of Migrant Labour in the Meat-Processing Industry

Lever, J. & Milbourne, P., 1 Apr 2017, In : Sociology. 51, 2, p. 306-322 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
migrant worker
migrant
labor
industry
exploitation

Establishing a Dialogue Between ‘Science, Society and Religion’ about Religious Slaughter: The Experience of the European Funded Project DIALREL

Miele, M., Lever, J. & Evans, A., 19 Jul 2019, The Halal Food Handbook. Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Spear, S. & H. A. Abd El-Rahim, I. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Food Fraud

Pointing, J., Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Lever, J., Critchley, M. & Spear, S., 19 Jul 2019, The Halal Food Handbook. Al-Teinaz, Y. R., Spear, S. & El-Rahim, I. H. A. A. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
meat
food
Muslim
national identity
religion

Reconfiguring local food governance in an age of austerity: towards a place-based approach?

Lever, J., Sonnino, R. & Cheetham, F., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Rural Studies. 69, p. 97-105 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

governance
food
synergy
resilience
local government

Activities 2012 2019

  • 16 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

Reconfiguring local food governance in an age of austerity: towards a place-based approach 

John Lever (Speaker), Roberta Sonnino (Speaker), Fiona Cheetham (Speaker)
8 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Halal Meat and Slaughter: From Spatial Concealment to Social Controversy - Breaching the Boundaries of the Permissible?

John Lever (Speaker)
6 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

Debating Religious Slaughter Over 200 Years: From Spatial Concealment to Social Controversy?

John Lever (Speaker)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

File

Escaping the Iron Cage: Entrepreneurial Behaviour of Syrian Refugees

Deema Refai (Speaker), John Lever (Speaker), Radi Haloub (Speaker), Jamil Samawi (Speaker)
7 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

Understanding Place-Based Food Governance: A Case Study from Northern England

John Lever (Speaker)
10 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

Press / Media

Engineering an energy transition: towards a circular economy

John Lever & Adrian Barraclough

18/06/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Government Needs to Adopt 'Circular Economy' to Combat Supermarket Food Waste

John Lever

26/10/184/11/18

1 item of media coverage, 2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Where do you fit in the circular economy?

John Lever

25/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment