BSc Hons (Geography), MSc (Rural Change), PhD (Geography)
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Damian is a rural and food geographer with research interests in various aspects of agri-food restructuring, and has worked at the CCRI since 2007. Damian is working across three research areas at present. First, he has a long-term research interest in alternative and local food networks. Second, he is working on projects related to animal and plant disease management. Lastly, he is interested in debates about food security and food systems, including impacts and responses linked to Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Damian is currently working on the following research projects:
(2020-2021) COVID-19: The local as a site of food security resilience in the times of pandemic: opportunities, challenges and ways forward. UKRI ESRC funded.
(2017-2021) EU Horizon 2020 funded ROBUST ((Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies)
(2017-2021) EU Horizon 2020 funded SURE-FARM (Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems).
Damian is Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Studies. He co-authored a new book called ‘Geographies of Food’ in 2021 for Bloomsbury and has recently started work on a new book project, co-editing ‘The Encyclopaedia of Food in Society’ for Elgar. He also curates the CCRI’s ‘COVID-19 Food Systems’ learning resource.
Damian was awarded the title of 'Professor of Agri-Food Studies' in August 2018.
Damian Maye’s recent activities
A new multi-authored paper has just been published in Land Use Policy which aims to identify where stronger evidence is needed in the digital agriculture movement.
The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference takes place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021 and two researchers from CCRI will contribute to the online event.
As SURE-Farm is coming to an end, the CCRI released a booklet summarizing the key results and messages from the work conducted since 2017. The booklet reports impacts and recommendations for the social, economic and environmental context of the East of England arable farming system.
In April 2020, CCRI’s Professor of Agri-Food Studies, Damian Maye began collating articles related to COVID-19 and Food Systems. This has now developed into an interactive database with over 1000 articles.
A new article written by Damian Maye and Julie Urquhart has just been published in the Journal of Rural Studies that seeks to examine the online discourses regarding sustainable meat consumption by analysing a range of ‘hashtags’.
Next month, Professor Damian Maye will be presenting at a Royal Geographic Society event that will be discussing the economic and social impacts related to COVID-19.