Regional Responses: The Sustainable Food North West Research Collaboration


Our new paper was published by the Food Research Collaboration on the 22nd of March. The report describes the conception and learning from the initial phase of the Sustainable Food North West Research Collaboration from 2015-16, when the initiative had two member universities: the University of Central Lancashire & Manchester Metropolitan University.

The paper presents summary findings from exploratory work packages which commenced at the beginning of SusfoodNW and feedback from regional stakeholders concerning the role and challenges for regional academic collaborations and sustainable food research more broadly.  As such, it is a collection of reflections and research outputs that aim to illustrate:

  1. The process of academics from neighboring institutions working together with a regional focus but without significant external resource;
  2. Some findings from initial research on the region which aimed to map and understand some of the context for sustainable food in the region and provide a grounding for further research;
  3. A snapshot of regional stakeholder opinion in relation to the focus and activities of a regional research collaboration.


The report can be downloaded here: “Regional Responses: The Sustainable Food North West Research Collaboration