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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).

John has published a jointly authored Comparative Study of Polish Migration to WalesFrom his work on the global markets for kosher and halal meat/food, 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 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

  • Local food sustainability/ circular economy/ governance
  • Food, religion & migration
  • Migrant workers & migrant/ ethnic/ refugee entrepreneurs 

Keywords

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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

migrant Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
meat Earth & Environmental Sciences
governance Social Sciences
food Social Sciences
citizens' participation Social Sciences
migrant worker Social Sciences
gipsy Social Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

8 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., 2019, (Accepted/In press) 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

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

governance
food
synergy
resilience
local government

The Halal and Kosher Food Experience in the UK

Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., M. Regenstein, J., Katme, A., Unsdorfer, S. & Lever, J., Jul 2019, The Halal Food Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2012 2018

  • 15 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

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

John Lever (Speaker)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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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

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

John Lever (Speaker)
10 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

The ‘Halal Meat Controversy’: Animal Welfare Concerns or a Sign of the Times?

John Lever (Speaker)
17 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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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

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