Professor Tony Heron appointed as Parliamentary Academic Fellow

News | Posted on Friday 21 February 2020

We are delighted to announce that Professor Tony Heron, YESI Sustainable Food Research Theme Co-Lead, has been appointed as Parliamentary Academic Fellow at the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee.

For the next two years, Professor Heron will spend two days per week working in Parliament with the International Trade Select Committee. The committee is overseeing and scrutinising the work of the UK Department for International Trade, as it moves towards the establishment and implementation of independent trade policy.  

Tony is a Professor of International Political Economy and N8 Agri-Food Chair. His recent research has centred on interdisciplinary global food systems research, global value chains and the political economy of agriculture in the context of Brexit. His research will help inform decision-making.

Professor Heron says: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to bring my knowledge and expertise to bear on UK trade policy-making and to strengthen the capacity of the University of York in knowledge exchange, practitioner engagement and impact. The challenges facing the UK are without precedent, as it seeks to negotiate a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with the EU, outside of both the Single Market and Customs Union, while simultaneously establishing closer economic ties with external trade partners, including the USA, in the Commonwealth, Asia and Latin America."

Professor Heron is Co-Lead for our Sustainable Food Research Theme alongside Professor Bob Doherty who is currently one of six academic fellows working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the Systems Research Programme.