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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 local and place-based food systems and the role of food entrepreneuers in ethnic and religious food markets. I am currently working with Deema Refai and Radi Haloub on the BA/Leverhulme funded project: 'A Better Future - Understanding Refugee Entrepreneurship' (BFURE); and on an Academy of Marketing funded project with Claire McCamley, Fiona Cheetham and Brendan Canavan about visualising a more sustainable sense of place in Kirklees.

My teaching has a specific focus on food sustainability, circular economy and environmental 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, presentations and research outputs see www.johnlever.com.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Food sustainability & circular economy
  • Food, religion & migration
  • 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 2005 2019

10 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., 19 Jul 2019, 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

Open Access
File
meat
food
Muslim
national identity
religion
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

governance
food
synergy
resilience
local government

Activities 2012 2019

  • 18 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

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

John Lever (Speaker)
4 Dec 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

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

John Lever (Speaker)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

File

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

File

Press / Media

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

Where do you fit in the circular economy?

John Lever

25/09/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment