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Geoff Tansey

Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World


Geoff Tansey is a freelance writer and consultant on food, agriculture and related intellectual property issues. He has degrees in Soil Science, and History and Social Studies of Science. He helped found and edit the journal Food Policy, has been a consultant to international agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations, and has worked on agricultural development projects, including in Turkey, Albania and Mongolia. Formerly honorary visiting professor of food policy at Leeds Metropolitan University, he is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University and honorary fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

His books include The future control of food – a guide to international negotiations and rules on intellectual property, biodiversity and food security, co-edited with Tasmin Rajotte, and The food system: a guide, with Tony Worsley. In June 2005, he received one of six Joseph Rowntree ‘Visionaries’ Awards, and won the Derek Cooper Award for best food campaigner/educator in the 2008 BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. He curates the new online Food Systems Academy, an open education resource for transforming our food systems.

Geoff recently chaired the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty.