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John is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and management. He previously worked at Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol and in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, where his research focused on food sustainability and sustainable communities. 

John's recent work on kosher and halal food markets focuses on the institutional, economic, technical and cultural management procedures through which goods are subject to processes of qualification and contestation. He is also interested in the Eliasian notion of informalisation, the ways in which - in an increasingly complex world - consumers must make more elaborate forms of justification for their food choices. John also has an interest in a range of issues linked to migrant workers and migrant/ refugee entrepreneurs; his recent work on migrant workers in the meat processing industryprovided evidence for the 2017 House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report: 'Brexit and the Labour Market'Click here for John's Amazon page.

More recently, John has been looking at the links between notions of sharing and circular economies. His teaching has a specific focus on sustainable business and environmental policy at both UG and PG level. He is a member of the Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Communities 
  • Food 
  • Religion 
  • Migration 


  • sustainability of urban regional food systems
  • local food
  • halal kosher meat
  • sustainable communities
  • religion
  • food

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Research Output 2014 2018

Open Access

The Politics of Mobilising a Sharing Economy

Cheetham, F. & Lever, J. 23 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings European Association for Consumer Research 2018. 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ballet for the Sun King: Power, Talent and Organisation

Lever, J. & Swailes, S. 23 Aug 2017 The Social Organisation of Marketing: A Figurational Approach to People, Organisations, and Markets. Connolly, J. & Dolan, P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 143-169 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

popular culture

Corporate Social Responsibility and Farm Animal Welfare: Towards Sustainable Development in the Food Industry?

Lever, J. & Evans, A. 2017 Stages of Corporate Social Responsibility: From Ideas to Impacts. Idowu, S. O. & Vertigans, S. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 205-222 18 p. (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sustainable development
Animal welfare
Corporate Social Responsibility
Food industry

Activities 2014 2017

  • 6 Oral presentation

Ethical Complex-'ities': Responsible Business Practice and the Big Brand Takeover of Farm Animal Welfare

Lever, J. (Speaker), Mara Miele (Speaker)
29 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Farm Animal Welfare Discourses: Responsible Business Practice and the Role of Big Brands

Lever, J. (Speaker), Mara Miele (Speaker)
5 Jul 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

People and Process: At the Court of Talent Management

Lever, J. (Speaker), Swailes, S. (Speaker)
26 Nov 2015

Activity: Oral presentation

Norbert Elias, Figurational Sociology and the Investigation of Contemporary Social Processes: Tensions and Possibilities

Lever, J. (Speaker), Ryan Powell (Speaker), Matt Clement (Speaker)
20 Jun 2014

Activity: Oral presentation