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Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL)

This project partnership aims to address systemic development challenges in African agriculture. It is being led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and involves a range of higher education institutions and stakeholders in the UK and across Africa. The University of Oxford component is led by Professor Nathalie Seddon (Department of Zoology) and Dr Monika Zurek (Environmental Change Institute), and will focus on building agricultural development scenarios and strengthening capacity of UK science to address development challenges.


Reimagine project

Reimagining anticipatory climate governance in the world’s vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE)

This project aims to ensure that the approaches to understanding future uncertainties can lead to appropriate and effective modes of governance, and that they can be used as practical decision aids in the world's most vulnerable regions, i.e. developing countries. To do so, climate, macro-economic and agricultural research needs to bridge with policy and governance research. Ultimately, the goal of the programme is to produce, on a regional and global scale, tangible recommendations and guidelines to improve the role of forecasts in anticipatory climate governance.


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  • Funding: UK Economic and Social Research Council and Department of International Development - Development Frontiers scheme
  • 2017-2018
  • ECI Lead: Dr Monika Zurek (PI) Researcher: Dr Maliha Muzammil

Zero Hunger - Zero Emissions: Enabling the debate on how to feed the world whilst mitigating climate change

A new project in Bangladesh brings together environment and development researchers and practitioners from ECI, Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam Bangladesh and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University of Bangladesh. The project will pioneer methods to help decision-makers, and stakeholders from a broad range of civil society and the food industry, to identify ways in which Bangladesh can achieve both the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger and the goal of a low carbon economy as envisaged by the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Increasing resilience to water-related risk in the UK fresh fruit & vegetable system

Fresh fruit and vegetable (FF&V) supply chains are exposed to risks at multiple points from field to fork, but perceptions of risks and how to manage them differ between actors depending on where they are located in the system. This project, led by the University of Cranfield, seeks to identify hotspots of water-related risk in the UK's FF&V system by combining trade, production and hydrological data, and to integrate this information with stakeholder perspectives to develop system maps and shared visions of how to move the system in a more resilient direction. The project is part of the GFS Resilience of the UK Food System Programme, which is coordinated by a team based in ECI.


  • Funding: ACIAR and GFAR
  • 2017-2018
  • ECI Lead: Dr Monika Zurek (Co-I), Jim Woodhill (Co-I)

Foresight4Food: bringing together knowledge to enhance foresight and scenario analysis for global food systems

Foresight is a key tool that governments, business and civil society can use to better understand future risks and the opportunities and to adapt – before crises hit. This project aims to explore how foresight and scenario analysis for the global food system could be improved. It will look at food issues across the entire supply chain from production to consumption as well as the connections between environmental, health and economic outcomes. It also looks at food issues in both the developed and developing world. Food is a “nexus” issue that connects across critical global challenges of reducing poverty, improving health, tackling and responding to climate change, protecting biodiversity and managing water scarcity. This project will provide mechanisms for greater scientific collaboration as well as for improved communication and engagement process that can support global, regional and national policy dialogue.


Energy and Farming
  • Funding: EPSRC
  • 2015-2018
  • Co-Is: Dr Ariella Helfgott, Dr John Ingram

"Water Energy Food" Nexus WEFWEB: Mapping the WEF nexus at multiple scales and across sectors.

This project addresses the challenges of understanding and hence identifying the dynamic, interlinked inter-dependencies across the nexus networks which are physical (water, waste, energy and food), social and political (individual, regulatory and policy), ecological and digital at multiple, nested scales (local, regional and national) and temporally. The ECI Food Group leads on the food aspect.


Agriculture
  • Funding: Open Society Foundation
  • 2017-2018
  • ECI: Dr Monika Zurek (PI); Jim Woodhill (Co-I); Dr Saher Hasnain (Researcher)

Connecting local knowledge with global food systems


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Food System Impact Valuation Initiative (FSIVI)

This initiative aims to:

  • Improve current impact valuation methodologies and operationalise the National and Social Capital Protocols for food systems, and develop new methods for the valuation of health impacts. Promote the development of standardised and comparable data, and convergence of current methods towards a common agreed approach.
  • Promote the inclusion of environmental, health and social data in emerging food information and technology systems, and undertake research in the longer term on the utilisation of such systems for impact valuation.
  • Initiate and promote uses of impact valuation for food system governance, regulation, public procurement, research and consumer labelling through a wide and diverse network.


Susfans
  • Funding: Horizon 2020
  • 2015-2019
  • Co-Is: Dr Monika Zurek, John Ingram , Dr Joost Vervoort

Metrics, Models and Foresight for European SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security (SUSFANS)

SUSFANS will build the conceptual framework, the evidence base and analytical tools for underpinning EU-wide food policies with respect to their impact on consumer diet and their implications for nutrition and public health, the environment, the competitiveness of the EU agri-food sectors, and global food and nutrition security. The ECI Food Group lead on FNS conceptualisation and metrics; and stakeholder engagement.


Completed Projects

Agriculture
  • Funding: European Commission FP7
  • 2014-2018
  • ECI involvement: Dr Joost Vervoort, Dr Ariella Helfgott, Dr Steven Lord

TRANSMANGO

TRANSMANGO aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change on European and global food demand and on raw material production.


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Sustainable Nutrition Security Collaboration

Collaborating with the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) in fostering new public/private partnerships on novel food system modeling metrics. This is aimed at better informing adaptation to the increasing impacts of climate change and resource scarcity on sustainable nutrition security.


Local Nexus Network
  • Funding: EPSRC and ESRC
  • 2015-2017
  • ECI Lead: Dr John Ingram | Coordinator: Clare Downing

The Local Nexus Network: Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity.

The ‘Local nexus’ refers to decentralised food, energy and water systems which interact with each other within the context of local livelihood and environment. Starting in early 2015, the Local Nexus Network aims to: 1) establish the state of the art of local productions of food, energy and water; 2) generate initial insights to guide researchers, businesses, policy makers and communities who are enthusiastic about exploring the potential of local nexuses, and 3) develop an evidence-based agenda for future research. The ECI Food Group leads on the food component and the Oxford Case Study.


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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)

We led the Scenarios Component of a ten-year research initiative launched in 2011 by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and 'Future Earth'.


Food distribution
  • Funding: The American Institute of Mathematics
  • 2015
  • ECI Lead: Dr John Ingram

Multiscale Modelling of the Food System: Initial Workshop

Developing a hierarchy of models for food systems at multiple spatial and temporal levels. This will be based on building conceptual models of the food system as a whole, providing the structural overview and framework for building mathematically-based models with gradually increasing levels of details. Launched at workshop in April 2015


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Food System Governance, Food Security and Land Use in Southern Africa (SAFGOV)

The formation of an international community of researchers to develop a new research agenda on the effectiveness and adaptiveness of food system governance and security in southern Africa.


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Global Environmental Change and Food Systems Programme

Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) was an international, interdisciplinary research project which focussed on understanding the links between food security and global environmental change.