Peter Alexander

Senior Lecturer in Global Food Security at University of Edinburgh

Peter is a senior lecturer at University of Edinburgh jointly between the School of Geosciences and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security.

Peter’s research aims to better understand the socio-economic and environmental interactions and trade-offs associated with the global food system. Approaches use high-performance computing to apply data and computationally intensive techniques, such as agent-based modelling, to explore the complex interactions inherent with the system. Work has included developing a new global agricultural land use model (LandSyMM) integrated with an ecosystem models to represent the two-way and spatially specific interactions and trade flows. Interests include how changes in food consumption and preferences, e.g. dietary shifts, impact environmental outcomes such as biodiversity loss and climate regulation. He is the principal investigator on the Resilience of the UK food system to Global Shocks project (RUGS).

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