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Taking a global view

This term, we are focusing on food and water security and supply chain resilience.  We are jointly hosting these three meetings with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and we are hoping to co-produce a brief white paper for EC policy makers identifying future research gaps and opportunities in this area.

This is the first meeting in the series and we will be taking a global view and starting to explore new ways to bring together 'big' datasets from different sources to assess risk and resilience in food supply chains.

Our first witness is Professor Alan O'Niell, Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading and the founding Director of the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation. He is a visiting professor at the Cavendish this year and while he is here, he is interested in building capability in the use of satellite data and "big data" analytical methods (e.g. machine learning) for diverse applications in the environmental and climate sectors, in particular in the area of agri-food and sustainable production.

He will join Dr Mukesh Kumar, a Research Associate in the International Manufacturing group at the IfM whose research focuses on risk and resilience in international manufacturing and supply networks, particularly in India. Steve Peedell, a Senior Scientific Officer in the Land Resource Management Unit is also flying over from the JRC in Ispra, Italy, where he where he focuses on projects in the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) regions and developing spatial databases, catalogues and interoperable web services for geoinformation.


A report published recently by JRC, entitled 'The challenge of resilience in a globalised world', discusses the concept of resilience from different perspectives and the role of science in the continuous process of building a resilient, stable, competitive and prosperous Europe.

Download the report