Key contacts


Professor Bob Doherty is the Academic Lead and Co-Chair for AgriFood at York, and is the key contact for any enquiries about the University of York's work in this area. 

Bob Doherty is Professor of Marketing in the School for Business and Society, and Principal Investigator of the IKnowFood project, which seeks to explore food resilience on farms, in supply chains and among consumers.

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Professor Tony Heron is Co-Chair of AgriFood at York.

Tony Heron is Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations, with specific interest in trade and development, and global food systems. Tony is also a Co Investigator of the IKnowFood project.

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Local Theme Leader contact details

If you have a query that is specific to an AgriFood at York research theme, you can contact the Local Theme Leaders directly:

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+44 (0)1904 567604

Dr Chris West

Chris is the lead for Resilient Supply Chains as part of AgriFood at York. Chris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute at York and leads SEI York's Sustainable Consumption and Production group. Chris sits on the Steering Group for SEI's Producer to Consumer Sustainability Initative.

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Dr Thorunn Helgason

Thorunn is the lead for Sustainable Food Production for AgriFood at York. Thorunn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology. Thorunn's research focuses on variation in biodiversity, distribution and function of key microbial groups in field based systems.

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Prof Karen Bloor

Karen leads Improved Consumption and Health for AgriFood at York. Karen is Professor of Health Economics and Policy in the Health Sciences Department and the research team lead for the Health Services and Policy Research Group at York. She is also the University of York Research Champion for Health and Wellbeing.

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Knowledge Exchange Fellow

John Atibila can help put you in contact with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. N8 institutions, industry, advisory bodies, other third parties) within the agri-food arena:

Dr John Atibila

Tel.: +44 (0)1904 328163

John is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the N8 AgriFood programme, and also a Research Development Manager for AgriFood within the central Research and Innovation Development Team. John provides support for strategic research development and partnership development, in addition to disseminating research impact around agrifood/food systems/food security. 

Getting in touch

General AgriFood at York enquiries can be directed to:


Tel.: +44 (0)1904 567604

AgriFood at York
Research Innovation Office
Suite 1.14, Innovation Centre
York Science Park
University of York
YO10 5DG

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AgriFood at York
+44 (0)1904 567604