Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Religious food markets; Sustainable food systems; Circular economy.

  • Source: Scopus
  • Calculated based on no. of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Google Scholar h-Index

15 Last checked 2 October 2020.


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 place-based regional food systems and circular food economies; religious food markets; and migrant/ refugee food entrepreneuers. The question driving much of my research is: What can food tell us about people, place and politics?

Before I bacame an academic, I worked for Oxfam in fairtrade for a number of years. 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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Religious food markets
  • Refugee food 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


Dive into the research topics where John Lever is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 6 Similar Profiles


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or