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Last updated 22nd March 2023


John is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and latterly management. Before moving to the University of Huddersfield, he worked in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University and for Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol. Throughout this period, John's research interests revolved around 'sustainable communities' and 'sustainable food systems' - and he was involved in a number of ESRC and EU funded pojects, including Welfare Quality and Dialrel

John's current research interests revolve around sustainable food systems, religious food markets, and refugee (food) entrepreneuers. He has been commissioned by NGOs, local authorities, and food certification bodies in the UK and beyond, and has completed work funded by BA/Leverhulme, among others. The question driving much of his research is: What can food tell us about people, place and politics? John holds an ESRC funded PhD in Public Policy and his work continues to have an underlying policy focus.

Before he bacame an academic, John worked for Oxfam in fair trade for a number of years. His teaching has a specific focus on food system sustainability, circular economy, business and climate change at both UG and PG level. John is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Norbert Elias Foundation (for a complete list of John's talks before 2014 see

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Chair Kirklees Food Partnership, Kirklees Metropolitan Council

1 Oct 2021 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainability of urban regional food systems
  • Local food
  • Halal & kosher food markets
  • Sustainable communities
  • Religion
  • Place based food
  • Immigration
  • Refugees
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Religious food markets
  • Refugee (food) entreprenuers


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