Task leader for Task 5.2 “Empowerment and Capacity Building”.
USFD also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.


Organisation USFD

The University of Sheffield (USFD) is ranked in the top 100 universities in the World and is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research institutes. Since 2007, Sheffield has participated in 353 EU projects, was part of 695 collaborations in 38 countries and was awarded 35 European Research Council grants. The university has a strong commitment to building research capability across Europe and collaboration at the international scale. International Development and Food Security are grand challenges in which USFD has recently invested.

Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)
A flagship interdisciplinary research centre with expertise drawn across the University. Specialist themes include natural resources and rural livelihoods, and data, digital technology and innovation. Funding for International Development research to the University from external sources in the last 18 months exceeds £3 million, building on an investment by the University of nearly £800,000. SIID’s partnerships overseas and particularly in African contexts are a particularly strong element of its work relevant to this proposal.

The Plant Production and Protection (P3) programme
A translational centre encompassing the breadth of soil and plant science expertise across the biological sciences. Over the last three years it has received over €7 million in university investment to facilitate collaboration with industry (agri-tech and a wide range of other commercial partners), through the refurbishment of facilities (climate-controlled environment centres, genomic, proteomic and imaging equipment) , pump priming funds and new staff appointments. P3 capitalises on our unparalleled ability to work across biological scales, from genome to the global atmosphere.

Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF) group
Tackles global food security through integrated interdisciplinary investigations of agri-food systems, namely through the promotion of the social and health sciences within the food debate. Working with P3, this network explores interdisciplinary research avenues to ensure solutions to food security are rigorously considered from a social science perspective, leading to practical implementation at the level of government policy.

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Focuses on the creation of knowledge and connection to policy debates on how to build a fairer world and save natural resources for future generations. The Centre encompasses early career researchers and staff and is funded through a donation made by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

These institution initiatives are also embedded in a northern food research programme “N8 AgriFood Resilience”, which is a €19 million project funded by the UK government, connecting the eight most research intensive universities in the north of England (N8), including Sheffield.


Staff USFD

Dan Brockington (leader)
Dorothea J Kleine (participant)
Rose Pritchard (participant)



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 774652