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Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Sheffield

Food Scholar | Interdisciplinary Thinker | Social Justice Researcher | Geographer at The University of Sheffield | Fellow of the RSA

Megan Blake is a Sr Lecturer in Human Geography at The University of Sheffield. She received a PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2001.

She is a recognised expert in food security and food justice. She has an established international reputation for her research focusing on 3 intersecting strands: 1) Surplus food chains and practices of redistribution 2) Community organisations, social innovation and self-organisation, and practices of resilience 3) Social inequalities. Her work is underpinned by a practice-based theoretical approach. She works closely with local and national scale organisations and local authorities to achieve research impacts that make real change.

Dr. Blake is actively involved in public dissemination and has organised and facilitated a number of community engagement events and conferences, has given invited lectures and keynote addresses at a number of national and international venues, has been an invited commentator on national and international TV and radio programmes and has published in and been quoted by national and international press.

Dr. Blake is the creator of Food Ladders, which is a multi-scaled and asset-based approach that uses food to increase everyday food security, connect communities and increase local resilience by reducing vulnerability. Her film, More than just food, illustrates the ways in which community-based food ladders can change places.


  • 2010–present
    Sr Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sheffield
  • 2011–2012
    Visiting associate professor, Hong Kong University
  • 2001–2010
    Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sheffield


  • 2001 
    Clark Universtiy, PhD Geography

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. (Royal Society of Arts)