Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Energy Environment and Resources
Tim Benton
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Professor Tim Benton is distinguished visiting fellow at Chatham House. He is also dean of strategic research initiatives at the University of Leeds. From 2011-16 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 priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all. 

He has published over 150 academic papers, most tackling the core themes of agriculture’s environmental impact and more generally how systems respond to environmental change. 

He has worked advising industry and policy communities and research funders; worked with UK governments, the EU and G20.  He is a frequent contributor to events around the world.


  • Food security
  • Food systems and resilience
  • Ecology and natural resources
  • Climate change impacts


2011-16Champion, UK’s Global Security Programme
2008-11Pro-Dean for Research, Faculty of Biological Science, University of Leeds
2005-08Head of Institute, University of Leeds and Professor of Ecology
2003-05Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
1996-2003Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling
1994-96Popular Science Editor, Cambridge University Press
1992-94Researcher, University of East Anglia
1990-92Hon Fellow, Zoology, University of Cambridge
1986-90PhD, University of Cambridge
1983-86BA, University of Oxford