Beaman, Lydia

Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
National Food Footprints and Global Environmental Equity - Land Use Planning for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Agatha Herman
Supervising school:
School of Planning and Geography,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

The globalised agri-food industry results in significant international inequalities in the environmental impacts of land use that will, according to current projections, threaten planetary boundaries. Using global land use monitoring systems to determine national footprints of food production and consumption, this research will develop a new global approach to environmental planning to support equitable and sustainable land use worldwide.

The aim of this research is to enhance global agricultural land use planning to ensure the sustainable use of cropland through: (i) improving understanding of the pressures and inequalities upon globalised land spaces; (ii) providing pathways to abate the multi-scalar environmental impacts of food production; and (iii) supporting institutions, agri-business, farming communities and consumers in making more equitable environmental decisions.