dr. JAB (Jessica) Duncan

dr. JAB (Jessica) Duncan

Universitair hoofddocent

Jessica Duncan, Associate Professor in the Politics of Sustainable Food Systems, is a researcher and educator committed to social justice. 

Her research focuses on participation in food policy processes and the possibilities food policies provide (or limit) for sustainable food systems transformation.

She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City University London and is the author of the book Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge, 2015).

She has also co-edited The Handbook for Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems (2021) and Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions (2017)


She sits on the editorial board of the journal Sociologia Ruralis and is a founding Board Member of the Centre for Unusual Collaborations (www.unusualcollaborations.com)

From 2019-2020 she sat as an expert in the EU Standing Committee for Agricultural Researchs Foresight Team.

In 2017 she was awarded Teacher of the Year for Wageningen University. She was shortlisted again in 2018 and 2019 and longlisted in 2020. With the funding she received for these awards she launched a story-telling training series to help students learn to tell the stories that matter to them.

Jessica has been actively involved in the following projects:

  • HortEco

When time allows, Jessica blogs (www.foodgovernance.com) and tweets @foodgovernance

Jessica is on the Editorial Board of the journal Sociologia Ruralis and is an advisor to the Traditional Cultures Project (USA). She is a member of the Wageningen Young Academy and sits on the Sustainability Board of Experts at Wageningen University.