Congratulations to Professor Jackson on his British Academy Fellowship

Professor Peter Jackson

Professor Peter Jackson from our Department of Geography has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy – the UK’s national body which represents the very best of humanities and social sciences research.

Professor Jackson is one of just 66 leading UK academics to receive the honour this year.

Lord Stern, outgoing President of the British Academy, said: “This year’s cohort of leading Fellows is a strong illustration. Our Academy is doing increasingly well at bringing the humanities and social sciences where they should be, at the centre of public life and discussion.”

Professor Jackson gained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 1980 and worked as a Senior Lecturer at University College London for 13 years (1980-1993).

He joined our University in September 1993 and served as Head of the Department of Geography (2000-2003) before becoming Director of Research for the Social Sciences (2004-2007).

As Professor of Human Geography, Professor Jackson has specialised in the research areas of social and cultural geography, with a particular interest in agri-food studies; moral economies and consumer practice.

In 2008, he completed a three-year period as Director of the Changing Families, Changing Food research programme. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the programme involved collaboration with colleagues from Clinical Sciences, East Asian Studies, Geography, Nursing & Midwifery, ScHARR and Sociological Studies at Sheffield, together with colleagues in Health & Social Care at Royal Holloway, University of London.

A four-year research programme followed with the focus on consumer anxieties about food (CONANX). The project was funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and alongside a team of seven researchers, Professor Jackson helped to produce two books: Food Words: essays in culinary culture (2013) and Anxious Appetites: food and consumer culture (2015), both published by Bloomsbury.

Professor Jackson was responsible for inspiring the ‘Food Glorious Food’ exhibition at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield (March-November 2010) and at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

I'm delighted by this honour and will do my best to uphold the British Academy's values of excellence, independence and diversity.

Professor peter jackson

Currently, Professor Jackson is co-ordinating a European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) project on Food, Convenience and Sustainability (FOCAS) as part of a collaboration with colleagues across Europe targeting the subject of food sustainability.

Professor Jackson's career has seen him author or edit 14 books, 50 book chapters and over 60 papers in refereed journals. 

Professor Jackson 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 my friends and colleagues from across the University for providing such a stimulating research environment."