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Clare Dias

PhD Student
Land Economy, Environment and Society

Research interests 

My focus is on food insecurity from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The global food system is becoming increasingly interconnected, and this is compounded with growing demand as a result of rising population and dietary transition. Against the climate change backdrop, lack of resilience and growing food insecurity can be observed, e.g. Food price spikes in 2007/8 and 2011/12.

This research employs case studies like El Nino episodes, European potato blight and the Arab Spring to examine and identify links between past food system shocks, which will then be used to consider potential likelihood and location of future food system crises.

PhD title

• Linking Food System Shocks with Conflict and Migration: using historical evidence to predict resilience and vulnerabilities

PhD supervisors

 Peter Alexander
Sustainable Ecosystems, Land Economy, Environment and Society

• Dominic Moran
Professor of Environmental Economics and Science Leader, Sustainable Rural Systems

• Mark Rounsevell

Selected Publications

Peter Alexander, Calum Brown, Almut Arneth, Clare Dias, John Finnigan, Dominic Moran, Mark D.A. Rounsevell. (2017). Could consumption of insects, cultured meat or imitation meat reduce global agricultural land use? Global Food Security. (In press)

SRUC Repository

Clare Dias

PhD Student

Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

Telephone: 0131 535 4097