Professor Tim Benton

Professor Tim Benton

Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives The University of Leeds

Tim is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK (working in the Energy, Environment and Resources Department). From 2011-2016 he was the “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food.

The key role of GFS was to undertake systemic analysis and horizon scanning, in order to identify research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all. He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability. His particular interest is currently on food system resilience in the face of climate change.