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
|2011-16||Champion, UK’s Global Security Programme|
|2008-11||Pro-Dean for Research, Faculty of Biological Science, University of Leeds|
|2005-08||Head of Institute, University of Leeds and Professor of Ecology|
|2003-05||Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen|
|1996-2003||Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling|
|1994-96||Popular Science Editor, Cambridge University Press|
|1992-94||Researcher, University of East Anglia|
|1990-92||Hon Fellow, Zoology, University of Cambridge|
|1986-90||PhD, University of Cambridge|
|1983-86||BA, University of Oxford|
- New ways of providing knowledge to tackle food and nutrition security: what should the EU do? Lead author, EU Expo Scientific Steering Committee, 2015
- Extreme weather and global food system resilience co-author, Global Food Security, 2015
- Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics co-author, Global Food Security, 2017
- Metrics of Sustainable Agricultural Productivity G20 MACS White paper with Keith Fuglie, Yu Eric Sheng, Julien Hardelin, Koen Mondelaers, David Laborde