Peter Jackson

Congratulations to Professor Jackson on his British Academy Fellowship

Professor Peter Jackson has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Peter joins a fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences, and the contribution of their scholarship to public life.

Peter’s election to the Academy reflects a distinguished career that has won him an international and interdisciplinary reputation. His book Maps of Meaning (1989) is widely considered to have been a foundational text for the new generation of cultural geographers who emerged in the 1990s. It remains a fixture of reading lists for geography, sociology and many other disciplines today.

As well as his influence on social and cultural geography, Peter has been at the forefront of research connecting food studies, moral economies and consumer practices with questions of sustainability and the environment. He has led a number of large research projects investigating food from the global scale of international markets to the domestic scale of individual families and households. Currently, Peter is co-ordinating a project on food, convenience and sustainability with colleagues across Europe.

Peter’s election to the British Academy reflects his commitment to influencing public policy and debate. He is Chair of the Food Standards Agency's Social Science Research Committee and has brought his research to the public through high profile exhibitions, talks and other events.

In the Department of Geography, Peter is one of our longest serving members, having joined us as a Professor of Human Geography in 1993. During his time at Sheffield he has played a number of key roles including Head of the Department and Director of Research for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Throughout, he has remained fully involved in teaching across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as supervising more than twenty doctoral students.

Speaking about his election, Peter said: "I'm delighted by this honour and will do my best to uphold the British Academy's values of excellence, independence and diversity. I'd also like to thank friends, colleagues and students, past and present, for their support and encouragement of my work."

Further information:

The British Academy: www.britac.ac.uk

Food, Convenience and Sustainability project: www.sheffield.ac.uk/focas/home