BA (Hons) (European Studies – German), PhD (Geography), FRGS

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Email: dkeech@glos.ac.uk

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Dan joined the CCRI in 2012, and contributes to international research projects on city-regional food networks, and food supply chain performance. He also contributes to research within environmental humanities, specifically the link between art and environmental change.  He is a visiting lecturer at Masaryk University in Brno (CZ), Schumacher College in Devon, and at Cardiff University. Between 2013-2015, Dan led the Sustainable Food and Food Security module within the University of Gloucestershire’s MSc on Sustainable Environments.

He has twenty years experience of working for food and environment organisations, including the former London Ecology Unit, Common Ground, Sustain, New Economics Foundation and the Soil Association. In 2004 Dan helped establish structures for the Mayor of London’s food policy council, for which he received a Mayoral commendation award for services to Londoners.

A former Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar, Dan’s PhD (supported by the Frederick Soddy Trust) investigated how social enterprises in England and Germany achieve environmental objectives (orchard conservation) by making interventions in the market. Dan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a former Associate Fellow of the Third Sector Research Centre (2011-13).

Recent Publications

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2016) 'Making the City Smart from the Grassroots up: the Sustainable Food Networks of Bristol' In M. Deakin, D. Diamantini and N Borrelli. (eds) The Governance of City Food Systems. Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Rome, et al. ISBN : 978-88-6835-241-7. pp.: 49-67.

Keech, D, with Clifford, S., Kendall, J., King, A., Turner, S. and Vines, G. (2000) The Common Ground Book of Orchards. Common Ground, London.

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2017) Urban agriculture as a place-making tool: narratives about place and space in Ghent, Brno and Bristol Moravian Geographical Reports.  2017, 25(3): 154–165. doi: 10.1515/mgr-2017-0014

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2017 in press) The 'Hungry Gap': Twitter, Local Press Reporting and Urban Agriculture Activism, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2017) Gardening cyberspace—social media and hybrid spaces in the creation of food citizenship in the Bristol city-region, UK. Landscape Research. Pages 1-12. Published online: 12th July 2017. Online reference http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2017.1336517

Grivins, M, Keech, D, Kunda, I and Tisenkopfs, T (2017) Bricolage for self-sufficiency: an analysis of alternative food initiatives structures. Special issue of Sociologia Ruralis. July.  Volume 57Issue 3 .Pages 340-356. Published online 11th July 2017. DOI: 10.1111/soru.12171

Mettepenningen, E., Koopmans, M., Kunda, L., Keech, D. and Tisenkopfs, T. (2016 - accepted for publication). Creating synergies around food in cities. Journal of Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems

Keech, D. (2016) Social enterprises with environmental objectives: saving traditional orchards in England and Germany. Geographical Journal. ISSN 0016-7398

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Schmitt, E., Keech, D. and Barjolle, D. (2016/17 – in press) PDO as a mechanism for reterritorialisation and agri-food governance: a comparative analysis of cheese products in the UK and Switzerland. Agriculture. Free online access.

Schmitt, E., Keech, D., Maye, D., Barjolle, D. and Kirwan, J. (2016) Comparing the Sustainability of Local and Global Food Chains: A Case Study of Cheese Products in Switzerland and the UK Sustainability 8, 419-439. Open Access.

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2015) Building a Bristol Food City region from the grassroots up: Food strategies, action plans and food policy councils. Urban Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 29, pp.26-29.

Curry, N., Reed, M., Keech, D., Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2014) Urban agriculture and the policies of the European Union: the need for renewal. Spanish Journal of Rural Development V (1), pp. 91-106.

Schmitt, E., Le Goff, U., Barjolle, D., Tanquerey-Cado, A. (Switzerland); Kirwan, J., Keech, D., Maye, D. and Bundhoo, D. (UK) (2015) Glamur project: Cheese cross-country comparison: UK and Switzerland. FiBL, Frick / CCRI, University of Gloucestershire.

Koopmans, M., Mettepeningen, E., Keech, D. et al. (2015) An exploration of multiple functions in urban food initiatives. SUPURBfood WP6 Final Report

Keech, D., Kirwan, J., Bundhoo, D. and Maye, D. (2014) Glamur project: UK Cheese value chain case study. CCRI, University of Gloucestershire.

Keech, D., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Bundhoo, D. (2014) UK National-level Report on the meanings assigned to the performance of food supply chains. Deliverable 2.1 of GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: Grant agreement no: 311778. March.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Bundhoo, D. and Keech, D. (2014) Delphi Survey: Final Report. Work Package 2 for GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: Grant agreement no: 311778. February.

Reed, M., Curry, N., Keech, D., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2013) City-region report synthesis, Work package 2 / Deliverable 2.3 for SUPURBFOOD (Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE.2012.1.4-06, Grant agreement no: 312126. October.

Barrett, M. and Keech, D. (2003) Capital Eats - an analysis of London's food economy. London Development Agency/Sustain, London.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Keech, D. and Bundhoo, D. Assessing food chain performance from a consumer perspective: relations between place of residence and consumer knowledge and practice. Rural Geography Research Group: The Food Rurality Nexus. RGS, London, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.

Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2015) Gardening Cyberspace - hybrid spaces and social media in the creation of food citizenship in the Bristol City Region, UK. Reimagining Ruralities Conference, University of Westminster, 27th-28th February.

Keech, D. and Jones, O. (2014) All ruins are narratives. All narratives are ruins. All narratives are co-oproduced. Paper presented at 2014 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 27th - 29th August.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Bundhoo, D. and Keech, D. (2014) Stakeholders’ communication and perception of food chains and their sustainability performance: a cross-country comparative analysis. Paper presented at the SOAS Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London. 7 March.

Keech, D. (2013) Beckert, Boskoop and Biodiveristy - analysing alternative food networks. Paper presented at the conference Rurality - New Persepctives and Themes, Bamberg, Germany, 15th - 16th November.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Curry, N., Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2013) (Re-)spatalising short food chain activities beyond the rural local. Paper presented at 2013 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 28th-30th August, 2013.

Module leader of the Sustainable Food and Food Security module within the University of Gloucestershire's MSc on Sustainable Environments (2013-15)

Visiting lecturer at Masaryk University in Brno (CZ), Schumacher College in Devon, and at Cardiff University.

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Common Ground (2006) Markets and Market Places. Common Ground, Shaftesbury.

Game, M., Waite, M. and Keech, D. (1993) Nature Conservation in Camden. London Ecology Unit, London.

Archer, J. and Keech, D. (1993) Nature Conservation in Hammersmith & Fulham. London Ecology Unit, London.

Keech, D. (1995) Local Flora Britannica. Common Ground, London.