Meet the Team

The Global Food Justice project has its roots in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. As a team we meet regularly to discuss our progress on the project’s various objectives. Merisa and Justa are also active within the broader N8 Agrifood Network through which Global Food Justice is funded. Without further ado ..

Merisa Thompson is a Research Associate on Global Food Justice and is responsible for the critical application of value chain methodology, involving – amongst other potential avenues – the use of analytical theory, political economy, ethical audits, value mapping, governance, and direct stakeholder engagement in the UK.

She currently awaiting her PhD degree conferral on the Politics of Food and Power in the Caribbean and you can read some of her recent public engagement work on the oligopolisation of the Haitian food economy here.


Justa Hopma works as a Research Fellow on GFJ and her role is to shed light upon how civil society and activists in the global North and South are resisting injustices relating to the environmental and social impacts of food systems. Her work seeks to connect theories of justice to ethical practice by focusing on the voices of Bolivian and Chilean women who are active in agro-ecology.

Justa is currently awaiting her PhD viva which will examine her thesis on counter-hegemonic discourses of ‘food security’ and ‘food sovereignty’ and seeks to provide answers as to how such discourse inform possibilities for food system transformation. Here is an overview of the five research questions of her PhD, which are also applicable to other geographic regions.

Garrett Brown is Reader in Political Theory and Global Ethics at the Department of Politics in Sheffield from where he contributes to the fields of global justice, global health governance and diplomacy, international law, and deliberative democracy. He is interested in issues lying at the interface between political theory and international relations, global institutions and responsibility, and the notion of plurality and global justice. Garrett will coordinate the project’s UK and South Africa cases.

Dr. Alasdair Cochrane is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory. His current research interests include  cosmopolitan approaches to animal rights and the anthropocentrism of human rights. His expertise spans the fields of animal ethics; environmental ethics; bioethics; human rights; and contemporary political theory. For an impression of the kinds of themes that cut through GFJ and Alasdair’s work, see the schedule of the animal-values-and-sustainable-food-production workshop held on January 31st and February 1st.

Dr. Hayley Stevenson is a Reader in Politics and International Relations and ESRC Future Research Leader. In addition to the Global Food Justice project, Hayley currently works on two other large externally funded research projects entitled ‘Innovations in International Environmental Policy’ and ‘Ecosystem Services: Valuing Nature in the Green Economy’. Her research expertise includes global environmental politics and climate change, global governance, global civil society, and deliberative governance. Within GFJ, Hayley is in charge of the Spain and Mexico case studies.


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