Since joining the CCRI in 2007, Damian has worked on a number of projects, at both European and UK levels. Many of the European projects have been funded under the EU’s Framework 7 or Horizon 2020 research programmes and have been conducted in collaboration with other academic institutions from across Europe . In the UK, his research has been conducted on behalf of organisations such as Defra, the Royal Society for Wildlife Trusts or as part of ESRC-funded programmes
Alongside this, Damian has authored numerous journal papers and book chapters and edited important special issues on key agri-food sustainability topics, including, ‘ethics and agri-food governance’, ‘sustainable food transitions’ and ‘global food security’
Such extensive project and research involvement has led Damian to becoming a renowned and respected authority in agri-food studies in areas such as food security, biosecurity, food chain performance and sustainability assessment. In honour of this, Damian was awarded the title of ‘Professor of Agri-Food Studies’ in August 2018.
To celebrate this achievement, Damian will be delivering his inaugural lecture, entitled ‘Living with the trouble: mapping sustainable food futures’, on 15th May at 6pm at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus.
Regarding the lecture, Damian said “we are ‘living with’ significant food and farming-related ‘environmental troubles’. The scientific evidence warns us that if current trends are left unchecked these troubles will take us beyond so-called ‘planetary boundaries’. One of the ways that this is occurring is due to our methods of food production, consumption and waste. Over recent years, the impacts associated with these issues have been gaining attention and increased media and public awareness. There are also new approaches emerging that seek to address this unsustainable behaviour, such as switching to a plant-based diet, technological solutions such as ‘cultured meats’ and ‘alternative proteins’ and local and agro-ecological production methods. In my lecture I outline the nature of the food system-related troubles that we are currently living with and the key approaches emerging. I then introduce my own work with colleagues here at the Institute which is seeking to reframe how we think about ‘sustainable food futures’ as ethical choices and actions. I then explain how we are implementing some of this thinking empirically, including ongoing work which is using Gloucestershire as a ‘living lab’ to experiment with options to develop a more sustainable local food economy. “.
Damian’s lecture is free to attend, but due to limited capacity and for the necessary catering arrangements, we would ask all those interested to please register via the Eventbrite page.