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Dr Julia Wright


aa9469@coventry.ac.uk

Senior Research Fellow, Agroecological Futures
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Room: Ryton
Biography:

I have worked for 28 years on sustainable agriculture and food security applied research and development, specialising in building capacity and resilience of vulnerable groups to natural and man-made disasters, regeneration of the natural resource base, and low-carbon systems. Sectoral experience covers production and postharvest, agroforestry, food supply and distribution systems, urban agriculture and nutrition, organic and fair trade, bioregional development, research, extension and knowledge systems, and farmer livelihood strategies. I have institutional experience of the United Nations – FAO, IFAD, WB; the EU; the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – CIP, ICRAF; government departments of DEFRA and DFID; and the private and non-governmental sectors. Specific country experience in Europe – UK, Netherlands and Spain; Central and South America – Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica; Asia – Afghanistan, China, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia; Africa – Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria. I am currently Deployable Civilian Expert with DFID’s Stabilisation Unit.

I have a doctorate in Ecological Agriculture, Knowledge Systems and Food Security in Post-Crisis Cuba, from Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands ( 2005), and am on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cuban Studies, Member of Research Advisory Board, Permaculture Association.

Mission Statement:

The food production systems of the past century are inherently unsustainable as long as they continue to separate the economic from the ecological. There is now substantial evidence on sustainable farming practices that may work to reverse this trend, but a similar body of evidence has not been built on the scale of whole food and farming systems My work aims to direct a more regenerative approach to food production that takes as its goal the provision of nutritious food for everyone. As part of this, Cuba serves as a little studied example of how an alternative farming and food system may be achieved.

View Julia's expert directory profile.


Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Ecological Farming and Food Systems in Cuba, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • P.G.Dip., Land and Water Management, Cranfield University
  • M.Sc., Sustainable Agriculture, University of London
  • Pg.Dip., Land Resource Planning, Cranfield University
  • B.A., Studies in the Rural Environment, University of Wales

Research Interests

  • Cuban farming and food systems
  • Eco-psychology, green ecology and traditional knowledge systems
  • Regenerative agriculture and permaculture
  • Agriculture and human nutrition
  • Quantum/5th Dimension agriculture (including biodynamics)
  • Stabilisation Agriculture: Building environmental and social resilience to natural and man-made disasters

Selected Outputs

  • Schmutz, U., Wright, J., and Lennartsson, M. (2014) 'Urban horticulture and organic greenhouse standards'. In Dorais, M., and Bishop, S.D. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1041, 'II International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture'. Held 28-31 October 2013 in Avignon, France. Belgium: ISHS, 281-286 Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1041.33
  • Wibbleman, M., Schmutz, U., Wright, J., Udall D., Rayns, F., Kneafsey, M., Trenchard, L., Bennett, J., and Lennartsson, M. (2013) Mainstreaming Agroecology: Implications for Global Food and Farming Systems. Coventry University. Available from http://tinyurl.com/mainstreamingagroecology
  • Wright, J., and Weerakoon, L. (2012) 'Taking an agroecological approach to recovery – is it worth it and is it possible?'. In Challenging Post Conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture. Ed. by Ozerdem, A., and Roberts, R. Farnham: Ashgate Publications, 103-116
  • Wright, J. (2012) 'The little-studied success story of post-crisis food security in Cuba: does lack of international interest signify lack of political will?'. International Journal of Cuban Studies 4 (2/3). Available from http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/41945973
  • Wiggins, S., Chant, L., McDonald, S., and Wright, J. (2011) Emissions, Mitigation and Low Carbon Growth, the Case of Mozambique. UKAID, DFID. Available from http://bit.ly/1coEzvC
  • Wright, J. (2010) Feeding nine billion in a low emissions economy: Challenging, but possible. Overseas Development Institute. Available from http://bit.ly/17pB63t
  • Wright, J. (2010) 'The agroecological transition in Cuba. Scaling up agroecology in Latin America, best practices and lessons learned. The Contribution of Agroecological Approaches to Meet 2050 Global Food Needs'. Report, 'Closed Seminar convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food'. Held 21-22 Jun 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. Available from http://bit.ly/djpdyR
  • Wright, J. (2010) 'Finding Solutions: Lessons from Cuba’s Food Crisis. How to Balance Food Security With Sustainability of Agricultural Production'. Proceedings of the Wilton Park Conference, 'Wilton Park Conference'. Held 18-20 Jan 2010 in Sussex, UK
  • Wright, J. (2009) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in an Era of Oil Scarcity: Lessons from Cuba. London: Earthscan Publications
  • Wright, J. (2009) 'Alfabetización ecológica o mentalidad industrializada? Cuba decide'. In Transgénicos? Qué se gana, qué se pierde? Textos para un debate en Cuba. Ed. by Funes-Monzote, F.R., and Freyre Roache, E.F. Havana: Publicaciones Acuario, 281-300
  • Wright, J. (2008) Organic Agriculture and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). Available from http://www.ifoam.org/pdfs/OA_HIV_WEB.pdf

Selected Funding

  • 2014, Why Soil Matters, Soil Association
  • 2014-2017, Ecodry – Sharing Best Agroecological Practice for Resilient Production Systems in Dryland and Drought Conditions, EU FP7 IRSES Project, £48,000
  • 2014, From Farm to Fork Food Self Sufficiency as a Social Right - Intensive Programme, EU ERASMUS Project, European Commission, £3,000
  • 2013-2014, Linking Climate Change with Food Security, Adaptation and Impact on Agriculture: Farmers’ Perceptions in Rain-fed Areas of Punjab,
  • 2013-2014, Food Growing in Refugee Camps in Uganda,
  • 2011-2013, Agroecological Approaches to Mitigate Climate Change in Cuba, , £25,000
  • 2010, Consequences of a low emissions agriculture for feeding the world. Overseas Development Institute, DFID
  • 2008-2011, Berry Fruit Trials and Export from Uganda. Tropical Wholefoods/Fruits of the Nile, FRICH/DFID
  • 2005-2010, Participatory research into drought mitigation strategies for smallholder farmers, Cuba, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agricolas
  • 2005-2008, The potential for organic and Fair Trade raisin exports from Afghanistan, Mercy Corps (DFID/ICARDA)
  • 2004-2006, Post-tsunami rehabilitation of homegardens in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna/Coventry University. (Darwin Initiative)
  • 2003-2004, Agrobiodiversity and indigenous knowledge to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Bananahill consultants/FAO
  • 2000-2001, Development of an M and E Guide for the UN, UN International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • 1998-2005, Perspectives on the emergence of a more ecological farming and food system in post-crisis Cuba, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agricolas, Havana. (EU)
  • 1994-1996, Post-harvest development and marketing of sweet potato and Andean roots and tubers, International Potato Centre

Selected Professional Activities

  • Member of the British Ecological Society and the Tropical Agriculture Association
  • Academic Reviewer, Chevening Awards (2014)
  • Deployable Civilian Expert, Stabilisation Unit. DFID/MOD/FCO.

Teaching

  • Lecturer on MSc Agroecology and Food Security

Other Responsibilities

  • Theme Leader: Models of Resilient Food and Water Systems

Dr Julia Wright

Senior Research Fellow, Agroecological Futures
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Room: Ryton
Biography:

I have worked for 28 years on sustainable agriculture and food security applied research and development, specialising in building capacity and resilience of vulnerable groups to natural and man-made disasters, regeneration of the natural resource base, and low-carbon systems. Sectoral experience covers production and postharvest, agroforestry, food supply and distribution systems, urban agriculture and nutrition, organic and fair trade, bioregional development, research, extension and knowledge systems, and farmer livelihood strategies. I have institutional experience of the United Nations – FAO, IFAD, WB; the EU; the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – CIP, ICRAF; government departments of DEFRA and DFID; and the private and non-governmental sectors. Specific country experience in Europe – UK, Netherlands and Spain; Central and South America – Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica; Asia – Afghanistan, China, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia; Africa – Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria. I am currently Deployable Civilian Expert with DFID’s Stabilisation Unit.

I have a doctorate in Ecological Agriculture, Knowledge Systems and Food Security in Post-Crisis Cuba, from Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands ( 2005), and am on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cuban Studies, Member of Research Advisory Board, Permaculture Association.

Mission Statement:

The food production systems of the past century are inherently unsustainable as long as they continue to separate the economic from the ecological. There is now substantial evidence on sustainable farming practices that may work to reverse this trend, but a similar body of evidence has not been built on the scale of whole food and farming systems My work aims to direct a more regenerative approach to food production that takes as its goal the provision of nutritious food for everyone. As part of this, Cuba serves as a little studied example of how an alternative farming and food system may be achieved.

View Julia's expert directory profile.


Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Ecological Farming and Food Systems in Cuba, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • P.G.Dip., Land and Water Management, Cranfield University
  • M.Sc., Sustainable Agriculture, University of London
  • Pg.Dip., Land Resource Planning, Cranfield University
  • B.A., Studies in the Rural Environment, University of Wales

Research Interests

  • Cuban farming and food systems
  • Eco-psychology, green ecology and traditional knowledge systems
  • Regenerative agriculture and permaculture
  • Agriculture and human nutrition
  • Quantum/5th Dimension agriculture (including biodynamics)
  • Stabilisation Agriculture: Building environmental and social resilience to natural and man-made disasters

Selected Outputs

  • Schmutz, U., Wright, J., and Lennartsson, M. (2014) 'Urban horticulture and organic greenhouse standards'. In Dorais, M., and Bishop, S.D. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1041, 'II International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture'. Held 28-31 October 2013 in Avignon, France. Belgium: ISHS, 281-286 Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1041.33
  • Wibbleman, M., Schmutz, U., Wright, J., Udall D., Rayns, F., Kneafsey, M., Trenchard, L., Bennett, J., and Lennartsson, M. (2013) Mainstreaming Agroecology: Implications for Global Food and Farming Systems. Coventry University. Available from http://tinyurl.com/mainstreamingagroecology
  • Wright, J., and Weerakoon, L. (2012) 'Taking an agroecological approach to recovery – is it worth it and is it possible?'. In Challenging Post Conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture. Ed. by Ozerdem, A., and Roberts, R. Farnham: Ashgate Publications, 103-116
  • Wright, J. (2012) 'The little-studied success story of post-crisis food security in Cuba: does lack of international interest signify lack of political will?'. International Journal of Cuban Studies 4 (2/3). Available from http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/41945973
  • Wiggins, S., Chant, L., McDonald, S., and Wright, J. (2011) Emissions, Mitigation and Low Carbon Growth, the Case of Mozambique. UKAID, DFID. Available from http://bit.ly/1coEzvC
  • Wright, J. (2010) Feeding nine billion in a low emissions economy: Challenging, but possible. Overseas Development Institute. Available from http://bit.ly/17pB63t
  • Wright, J. (2010) 'The agroecological transition in Cuba. Scaling up agroecology in Latin America, best practices and lessons learned. The Contribution of Agroecological Approaches to Meet 2050 Global Food Needs'. Report, 'Closed Seminar convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food'. Held 21-22 Jun 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. Available from http://bit.ly/djpdyR
  • Wright, J. (2010) 'Finding Solutions: Lessons from Cuba’s Food Crisis. How to Balance Food Security With Sustainability of Agricultural Production'. Proceedings of the Wilton Park Conference, 'Wilton Park Conference'. Held 18-20 Jan 2010 in Sussex, UK
  • Wright, J. (2009) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in an Era of Oil Scarcity: Lessons from Cuba. London: Earthscan Publications
  • Wright, J. (2009) 'Alfabetización ecológica o mentalidad industrializada? Cuba decide'. In Transgénicos? Qué se gana, qué se pierde? Textos para un debate en Cuba. Ed. by Funes-Monzote, F.R., and Freyre Roache, E.F. Havana: Publicaciones Acuario, 281-300
  • Wright, J. (2008) Organic Agriculture and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). Available from http://www.ifoam.org/pdfs/OA_HIV_WEB.pdf

Selected Funding

  • 2014, Why Soil Matters, Soil Association
  • 2014-2017, Ecodry – Sharing Best Agroecological Practice for Resilient Production Systems in Dryland and Drought Conditions, EU FP7 IRSES Project, £48,000
  • 2014, From Farm to Fork Food Self Sufficiency as a Social Right - Intensive Programme, EU ERASMUS Project, European Commission, £3,000
  • 2013-2014, Linking Climate Change with Food Security, Adaptation and Impact on Agriculture: Farmers’ Perceptions in Rain-fed Areas of Punjab,
  • 2013-2014, Food Growing in Refugee Camps in Uganda,
  • 2011-2013, Agroecological Approaches to Mitigate Climate Change in Cuba, , £25,000
  • 2010, Consequences of a low emissions agriculture for feeding the world. Overseas Development Institute, DFID
  • 2008-2011, Berry Fruit Trials and Export from Uganda. Tropical Wholefoods/Fruits of the Nile, FRICH/DFID
  • 2005-2010, Participatory research into drought mitigation strategies for smallholder farmers, Cuba, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agricolas
  • 2005-2008, The potential for organic and Fair Trade raisin exports from Afghanistan, Mercy Corps (DFID/ICARDA)
  • 2004-2006, Post-tsunami rehabilitation of homegardens in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna/Coventry University. (Darwin Initiative)
  • 2003-2004, Agrobiodiversity and indigenous knowledge to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Bananahill consultants/FAO
  • 2000-2001, Development of an M and E Guide for the UN, UN International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • 1998-2005, Perspectives on the emergence of a more ecological farming and food system in post-crisis Cuba, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agricolas, Havana. (EU)
  • 1994-1996, Post-harvest development and marketing of sweet potato and Andean roots and tubers, International Potato Centre

Selected Professional Activities

  • Member of the British Ecological Society and the Tropical Agriculture Association
  • Academic Reviewer, Chevening Awards (2014)
  • Deployable Civilian Expert, Stabilisation Unit. DFID/MOD/FCO.

Teaching

  • Lecturer on MSc Agroecology and Food Security

Other Responsibilities

  • Theme Leader: Models of Resilient Food and Water Systems