Background

Exploring the future of our food and delivering a food system paradigm shift has never been of greater importance. The 20th Century approach has been to focus on low cost, safe, convenient, consumer preference driven foods, whereas a far more complex route is required at both national and global levels, addressing sustainable uses of raw materials and energy, together with new targets for consumer needs that include long term health as well as short term satisfaction.

The N8 AgriFood consortium was created precisely to tackle these challenges in a joined up approach, combining world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences in a single research initiative. It covers the 8 most research intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) and ranges across three main themes: Sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improved consumption and health. The Programme also has an increasing focus on engagement with international partners

Together, the N8 universities have:

  • More than 450 researchers working in agri-food resilience
  • More than 150 registered phd students working in agri-food resilience
  • A portfolio of £269 million of agri-food research funding
  • Significant research facilities including five research farms, glasshouses, workshops and laboratories

Meet the team

The N8 AgriFood team combines strong academics research in agrifood resilience across the natural and social sciences with professional research management and business development support

Professor Katherine Denby

N8 AgriFood Academic Director

Professor Les Firbank

Sustainable Food Production Theme Lead

Professor Steve Banwart

Resilient Supply Chains and International Lead

Professor Jason Halford

Improved Consumption & Health Lead

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University

Professor John Quinton

Lancaster University

Professor Louise Dye

The University of Leeds

Professor Diana Williams

The University of Liverpool

Professor Bruce Grieve

The University of Manchester

Professor Angharad Gatehouse

Newcastle University

Professor Duncan Cameron

The University of Sheffield

Professor Bob Doherty

The University of York

Anthonia James

Operations Director

Malou Lindholm

Events & Business Engagement Manager

Vikki Wright

Finance and Grants Coordinator

Lynne Borthwick

PA to the Academic Director

Marianna Ventouratou-Morys

International Strategy Manager

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University

Professor Mariana Rufino

Lancaster University

Professor Louise Dye

The University of Leeds

Professor Jonathan Rushton

The University of Liverpool

Professor David Johnson

The University of Manchester

Professor Bruce Grieve

The University of Manchester

Professor Mark Reed

Newcastle University

Professor Tim Daniell

The University of Sheffield

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University

Dr Martin Parry

Lancaster University

Professor Paul Knox

University of Leeds

Professor Martin Mortimer

The University of Liverpool

Professor Bruce Grieve

The University of Manchester

Professor William Willats

Newcastle University

Professor Tim Daniell

The University of Sheffield

Professor Sue Hartley

The University of York

Dr Manish Shukla

Durham University

Dr Jess Davies

Lancaster University

Professor William Young

The University of Leeds

Professor Andrew Lyons

The University of Liverpool

Dr Akshit Singh

The University of Manchester

Professor Mark Reed

Newcastle University

Professor Lenny Koh

The University of Sheffield

Dr Chris West

The University of York

Dr Katerina Psarikidou

Lancaster University

Professor Jason Halford

The University of Liverpool

Professor Clare Mills

The University of Manchester

Professor Lynn Frewer

Newcastle University

Professor Peter Jackson

The University of Sheffield

Professor Karen Bloor

The University of York