Graduate Assistant / Postgraduate Student
Email address: J.D.Harris@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
My current role as a Graduate Teaching Assistant involves supporting the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management) and (Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility) programmes.
I am also undertaking doctoral research on urban food security with a particular focus on food system resilience and governance at the city scale.
Prior to joining the School of Earth and Environment I spent 10 years working in the field of sustainability and environmental management in the public and private sectors. As a Sustainability Consultant at the firm Arup, I provided technical advice in the areas of sustainability strategy development, sustainability appraisal, environmental assessment, and carbon footprinting to UK and international clients. My project work spanned the public and private sectors and included a number of commissions in the utilities, manufacturing, transport, housing, and construction sectors. I have also worked at the UK Environment Agency managing Environmental Impact Assessments for major flood risk management projects.
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (BEng (Env) Hons), University of Queensland, Australia
Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA)
Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
Food security and the City
Food Security and the City: Critical factors affecting food security and food system resilience at the city scale.
Food insecurity is a prevailing problem around the world in both developing and developed countries and in urban and rural areas. The challenge of tackling urban food security specifically is increasing as cities expand, resources become scarcer and the effects of climate change are felt around the world. My proposed research will explore how cities, as an increasingly important spatial and governance scale, might best understand the nature of their urban food system and their exposure to future food insecurity. The research will focus on comparative case study analysis of two contrasting locations to provide new insights and approaches for assessing urban food security at the city scale. The research will bring together the disciplines of urban planning, infrastructure planning, environmental management, health services and risk management at the urban scale with a unique multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the urban food system.