What might climate change do to the food we depend on? On one hand, we know that farmers need abundant – but not excessive – rainfall, sunlight, and soil nutrients. As climate change may disturb these conditions, are we headed for trouble? After all, history is littered with examples of civilizations that collapsed because food supplies ran low. On the other hand, the environment has always changed and most of the time we adapt. That humans have set up camp in almost every type of ecosystem on the planet shows how resilient a species we are.

This research will take on the question, “will we adapt to climate change?” and focus specifically on what climate change might do to the food we rely on. This is a critical issues as food represents the front line of our relationship with nature. Despite massive technological advances, food production has always been, and in all likelihood always will be, tied to the sun, the rain, and the soil. In a day and age when the availability of sun and rain seems to be changing quickly, understanding the nature of food production (and how it moves from farm to plate) may be vital to our survival.



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Resilience and vulnerability of arid and semi-arid social ecological systems

Editor: Evan Fraser Date: 01 September 2011 Journal issue

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Full research report

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 22 December 2010 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 22 December 2010 Research summary

Urban agriculture and poverty reduction : evaluating how food production in cities contributes to food security, employment and income in Malawi

Author: David Mkwambisi Date: 09 November 2010 Journal article

Anticipating vulnerability to climate change in dryland pastoral systems : using dynamic systems models for the Kalahari

Author: Andrew J. Dougill Date: 09 November 2010 Journal article

Empires of food : feast, famine, and the rise and fall of civilizations

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2010 Book

Property rights in UK uplands and the implications for policy and management

Author: Claire Quinn Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

Can economic, land use and climatic stresses lead to famine, disease, warfare and death? : using Europe's calamitous 14th century as a parable for the modern age

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

Increased crop failure due to climate change : assessing adaptation options using models and socio-economic data for wheat in China

Author: Andrew Challinor Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

Anticipating vulnerability to climate change in dryland pastoral systems : using dynamic systems models for the Kalahari

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

The future of the uplands

Author: J.A. Hodgson Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Modelling the coupled dynamics of moorland management and upland vegetation

Author: Daniel S. Chapman Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Hydrological responses to managed burning and grazing in an upland blanket bog

Author: Gareth Clay Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Visitor perceptions of rural landscapes : a case study in the Peak District National, England

Author: Natalie Suckall Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Quantifying socio-economic characteristics of drought-sensitive regions : evidence from Chinese provincial agricultural data

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Visitor perceptions of nature in Upland England

Author: Natalie Suckall Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

The house is both empty and sad

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

Crops and climate change : progress, trends and challenges in simulating impacts and informing adaptation

Author: Andrew Challinor Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Explaining agricultural collapse : macro-forces, micro-crises, and the emergence of land use vulnerability in southern Romania

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Typologies of crop-drought vulnerability : an empirical analysis of the socio-economic factors that influence the sensitivity and resilience to drought of three major food crops in China (1961–2001)

Author: Elizabeth Simelton Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Crops and climate change : progress, trends, and challenges in simulating impacts and informing adaptation

Author: Andrew Challinor Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Effects of managed burning upon dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in soil water and runoff water following a managed burn of a UK blanket bog

Author: Gareth Clay Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Explaining agricultural collapse : macro-forces, micro-crises, and the emergence of land use vulnerability in southern Romania

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Typologies of crop-drought vulnerability : an empirical analysis of the socio-economic factors that influence the sensitivity and resilience to drought of three major food crops in China (1961–2001)

Author: Elisabeth Simelton Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Local authorities, climate change and small and medium enterprises : identifying effective policy instruments to reduce energy use and carbon emissions

Author: Evan Fraser Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

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Start date
07 September 2007
End date
06 September 2010
Grant holder
Dr Evan Fraser
Grant amount
£252,036.25
Grant reference
RES-229-27-0002
Discipline
Environmental Planning
Grant type