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New fellowship for innovative solutions


A Priestley Centre researcher will be joining an international organisation to bring novel thinking to address global food systems challenges.

Dr Nicole Nisbett, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Politics in the School of Politics and International Studies, will be working with Clim-Eat as an Innovation Fellow for the next three months.

Clim-Eat is a Think and Do Tank that works to bridge between the food and climate communities, mobilizing knowledge and connecting it to action through policy and practice.

Through her work with Clim-Eat, Dr Nisbett will help to determine sustainable policy pathways for the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa.

This work will be crucial to advance the Policy Action Agenda for Transition to Sustainable Food and Agriculture launched at COP26, and in the lead up to COP27 where the Presidency has put forward agriculture and food systems as key priorities.

Dr Nisbett, whose research examines how social movements influence norms and policy change, said: “I’m looking forward to working with Clim-Eat. Interdisciplinary collaborations like this are vital for tackling the climate crisis.

“I’m excited to learn from Clim-Eat’s experience and begin effectively turning research into actions”

Dr Dhanush Dinesh, Founder of Clim-Eat, said: “As a ‘think and do tank’, Clim-Eat seeks to be a hub for innovative ideas and thinkers, so the opportunity to have Nicole on board as Innovation Fellow to bring novel thinking to address food systems challenges iss a perfect opportunity.

“For the University of Leeds, Clim-Eat can offer links to policy processes to deliver its ambitious vision for societal impact. This is a win-win opportunity to link science and policy for food and climate.”

This fellowship forms part of a key relationship between the University of Leeds and Clim-Eat, which has its roots in a longstanding partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).