Meet the team
Academic and Operational leadership
The N8 AgriFood programme is hosted by the University of York. The Principal investigator for the programme is Professor Debbie Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at York who also chairs the N8 AgriFood Steering Group. The Academic Director and the Operations Director are also both based at York, within the Secretariat.
Our research is guided by 3 themes and led by academics from within the programme. Theme leads have a secondary role where they focus upon activities in the following areas: Innovation, International and Policy.
Academic leads from each N8 university form the N8 AgriFood Steering Committee, where members are responsible for providing academic leadership and contributing to the strategic direction of the programme. Dr Nick Goldspink also joins the steering group from the N8 Research Partnership.
The programme Secretariat is based at York within the Biology Department. The team fulfills the overall management function for the programme.
N8 AgriFood Chairs
Each N8 University has an N8 AgriFood Chair, actively working to build collaborations across the N8 and develop interdisciplinary research projects
Knowledge Exchange Fellows
Our Knowledge Exchange Fellows (KEFs) link N8 AgriFood with external organisations such as industry, government bodies and NGOs, to develop collaborative research solutions to current agrifood challenges.
Relevant KEF contacts are shown on each theme page.