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Neil Ward

Neil Ward

NISD member

University of East Anglia


Neil Ward is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA and is a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development.

A human geographer by training, he has worked at University College London and the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle.  He was seconded to the Cabinet Office to advise the last Labour Government on rural and agricultural policy and was Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy from 2004 to 2008.

Neil is a co-convenor of UKRI’s AgriFood4NetZero Network+, a £5m initiative to draw together scientists and social scientists with industry, stakeholders and policy-makers to support transformational change in the agri-food system to help meet the UK’s net zero by 2050 target.

Areas of expertise

Agri-food systems

Net zero

Climate action