Professor Tim Benton is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK.
From 2011-2016 he was the “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) 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 research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all.
He is an Agenda Steward for the World Economic Forum’s Food Systems and Nutrition topic, and Lead Author for the IPCC’s Special Report on Food, Land and Climate. His work focuses on global and local food systems (with a focus on the UK and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa), and the need for them to become more sustainable and resilient. He has published over 150 academic papers, and contributed to many reports on food systems and food security.