University of Oxford
Dr John Ingram (Lead Academic and Programme Leader) firstname.lastname@example.org
Trained in soil science, John gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in Africa and Asia in agriculture and forestry research projects. In 1991 John was recruited by NERC to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology, part of IGBP’s international global change research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Executive Officer for the international research project “Global Environmental Change and Food Systems” (GECAFS). John now oversees the Environmental Change Institute’s Food Programme which aims to enhance the efficiency of food systems to improve food security while minimising environmental impacts. See here for more about John.
Dr Saher Hasnain (Education Coordinator) email@example.com
Trained as an environmental scientist, Saher has conducted research on food systems and environmental health in urban areas. For her doctoral research at Oxford, she examined the influence of factors such as energy system disruption, urban design, and regional and global food system transformation on food environments in urban Pakistan. She is currently also the Research and Community of Practice Coordinator for the Foresight4Food Initiative. The Initiative is focused on developing a mechanism to better understand and synthesise key trends and possible futures in global food systems and to support informed and strategic decision making between food systems stakeholders. Previously, she has worked on exploring environmental health issues through photovoice and mapping at the University of Pennsylvania, and the development of national energy management cultures at Bahria University, Pakistan.
The London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) (Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Dr Barbara Häsler (Lead Academic, RVC) firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara originally trained as a vet, specialised in animal health economics, and is now working as a Lecturer in Agrihealth with the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). She has a strong interest in applying interdisciplinary approaches to better understand food systems and how changes in those impact on food safety and food security and to improve the wellbeing of people and animals through better resource allocation. See here for more about Barbara.
Niko Dadios (Education Coordinator – job-share) email@example.com
Niko graduated as a vet in Greece in 1996. After some time in clinical work he moved to the UK in 2001 to work as Official Veterinarian in the supervision of meat producing establishments. In 2003 he completed his MSc in Food Technology and Quality Assurance at the University of Reading. Since then he has worked in technical management in the meat industry. Niko has worked in research projects at the RVC, including one leading to the modernisation of the meat inspection regulations in the EU. He is the author of a number of publications.
Louise Whatford (Education Coordinator – job-share) firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. In 2019 she completed a PhD in epidemiology and microbiology that was interested in increasing our understanding of mastitis in sheep and developing strategies for its control. This has led to her interest in agriculture, livestock health and welfare and interdisciplinary approaches to tackle questions. She is currently working at RVC, investigating sustainable and healthy beef and sheep food systems in Great Britain.
Helena Diffey (Assistant Education Coordinator)
Helena is a staff member at the Royal Veterinary College; she is involved in teaching anatomy and physiology, and tutoring pre-clinical veterinary students. She graduated from the RVC in 2017 with an intercalated BSc in global health from Imperial College. Helena’s interest in food systems relates back to her experiences as a farm vet in rural Cornwall, working closely with beef and dairy producers. She is excited to be part of this dynamic interdisciplinary project and hopes that IFSTAL will engage a diverse group of people from different backgrounds.
Each LCIRAH partner university also has a local representative:
University of Warwick
Prof Rosemary Collier (Lead Academic) Rosemary.Collier@warwick.ac.uk
Rosemary trained as an entomologist and has worked on the pest insects of horticultural crops for many years. She is Director of Warwick Crop Centre and an Academic Lead for the Warwick Global Research Priority (GRP) on Food. Her main research interest is in the development and application of Integrated Pest Management strategies for horticultural crops. Rosemary is also interested in the wider aspects of food production and consumption and in recent years has collaborated with colleagues from a range of disciplines (sociology, geography, statistics, engineering, theatre studies) on projects associated with food and food security. See here for more about Rosemary.
IFSTAL Programme Office (Oxford)
Roger Sykes (Food Systems Programme Manager)
Roger holds a BA in Human Geography from the University of Reading and an MSc in Gerontology at Kings College London. He previously worked in policy and research roles for the Local Government Association and the Audit Commission. Roger’s role involves day-to-day management of IFSTAL by providing support to team members; liaising with consortium partners and funders on administrative, financial and contractual issues; organising summer schools, workshops and meetings; and supporting the Programme Leader. See here for more about Roger.
Rosina Borrelli (Workplace Engagement Lead) email@example.com
Rosina Borrelli has a background in change management consultancy and food education with a first degree in European Business with Technology and a mid-career Master’s in food. She has worked in a variety of areas of the food system including hospitality, manufacturing, retail and FMCG. Her most recent experience is with the Children’s Food Trust, the National Childbirth Trust and Slow Food where she specialised in early years food education. She has tri-sector experience and therefore brings a wide range of workplace skills and understanding to the programme. She is passionate about effecting change through your work-based learning experiences and your eventual options and choices after graduating. She connects the food sector with the programme and raises awareness of the value and uniqueness of IFSTAL participants while looking for possible and exclusive opportunities.