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Witnesses: Land use change

This year, we are bringing people together from across and beyond Cambridge to draw connections between food security, biodiversity, bioenergy by looking at the drivers of land use change and the research pathways which will help to prepare for and address the challenges we will face in the future.

Each month, a panel of three expert 'witnesses' join the Forum.  One of the aims of holding these witness sessions is to bring people together who would not usually meet each other but who are working in areas which overlap enough to stimulate an interesting discussion. They are therefore a rich mixture of policy- and decision-makers from governments and businesses as well as technical experts and researchers, all of whom are interested in different aspects of this fascinating area.

Use the 'Meetings' menu to find out more about what they each talked about.

Profiles of the witnesses so far

Professor Ian Bateman
  • Professor of Environmental Sciences,
  • School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Alan Belward
  • Head of the Land Resource Management Unit,
  • Institute for Environment and Sustainability,
  • European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy
Dr Chris Brown
  • Sustainable Business Director,
  • ASDA
Ariel Brunner
  • Head of EU Policy,
  • BirdLife International, based in Brussels
Dr Tinashe Chiurugwi
  • Research Associate
  • National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Cambridge
Dr Helen Crowley
  • Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation,
  • Kering
Professor Paul Dupree
  • Professor of Biochemistry,
  • Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Freer-Smith
  • Chief Scientist,
  • Forest Research and Forestry Commission
Dr Toby Gardner
  • Research Fellow,
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Professor Charles Godfray
  • Hope Professor and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food,
  • Oxford University
Dr Jon Hutton
  • Director,
  • United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge
Dr Lucas Joppa
  • Head the Conservation Science Research Unit and a scientist in the eScience Group
  • Microsoft Research, based at the Microsoft Redmond Campus, USA
Dr Jon Kirkpatrick
  • Head of Sustainability, Europe
  • Lend Lease
Professor Georgina Mace
  • Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER),
  • University College London (UCL)
Professor Theresa Marteau
  • Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit,
  • Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
Alison Mollon
  • Senior Programme Manager, West & Central Africa,
  • Acting Regional Manager, Africa
  • Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Dr David Nally
  • Senior Lecturer in Human Geography,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Michael Ramage
  • Senior University Lecturer,
  • Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Dame Barbara Stocking
  • President of Murray Edwards College,
  • University of Cambridge
Dr Liz Watson
  • Senior Lecturer and Pybus Fellow of Newnham College,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Tim Wheeler
  • Professor of Crop Science at the University of Reading
  • Formerly Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development
  • Now, he is the