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.
N8 AgriFood Chairs are funded by our programme and actively work to build collaboration across the N8 and develop interdisciplinary research projects and deliver the impact of our programme on the global food system
N8 AgriFood Chairs
Sustainable Food Production Contacts
Resilient Supply Chains Contacts
Improved Consumption and Health Contacts
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