• 263 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
20052020

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Personal profile

Biography

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

My current research interests revolve around 1) place-based food systems and the circular economy, and; 2) the role of food entrepreneurs in ethnic and religious food markets. The overarching aim of my research is to provide business compliance guidance and public policy advice.

My teaching has a specific focus on food sustainability, circular economy and envirornmental policy at both UG and PG level. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Norbert Elias Foundation. For a complete list of talks before 2014 see www.johnlever.com.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Ethnic and religious food markets
  • Migrant workers & refugee entrepreneurs 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • 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

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
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)

    Covid-19 Policy Brief: A Regional Approach to Food System Reform

    Lever, J., 2020, 2 p.

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

    Open Access
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  • 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., 12 Feb 2020, The Halal Food Handbook. Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Spear, S. & H. A. Abd El-Rahim, I. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 343-351 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Food Fraud

    Pointing, J., Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Lever, J., Critchley, M. & Spear, S., 12 Feb 2020, The Halal Food Handbook. Al-Teinaz, Y. R., Spear, S. & El-Rahim, I. H. A. A. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 321-329 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Halal and Kosher Food Experience in the UK

    Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., M. Regenstein, J., Lever, J., Katme, A. M. & Unsdorfer, S., 12 Feb 2020, The Halal Food Handbook. Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Spear, S. & Abd El-Rahim, I. H. A. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 331-341 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 20 Oral presentation
    • 5 Invited talk

    Regional Food System Resilience during Covid-19

    John Lever (Speaker)

    22 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Regional Food System Resilience post Covid-19

    John Lever (Speaker)

    15 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Place-based food systems and the circular economy: new opportunities

    John Lever (Speaker)

    4 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Understanding Kosher & Halal Markets 

    John Lever (Speaker)

    17 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    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

    Press / Media

    Farm shops and food system resilience in a time of crisis

    John Lever

    7/07/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Respecting Planetary Boundaries

    John Lever

    22/11/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    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