Her research areas include: food policy; food security; global governance; environmental policy; and participation.
Jessica is passionate about food policy and sociology. Her main research focus concerns the practices and politics of participation in food policy processes, particularly the relationships (formal and non-formal) between governance organizations, systems of food provisioning, the environment, and the actors engaged in and across these spaces. More specifically, she maps the diverse ways that actors participate in policy-making processes, analysing how the resulting policies are shaped, implemented, challenged, and resisted, and she theorizes about what this means for socio-ecological transformation.
She is a member of the Wageningen Young Academy, and sits on the Sustainability Board of Experts at Wageningen University. She also works as an Associate Editor for the journal Food Security, and is an advisor to the Traditional Cultures Project. In 2017 she was awarded Teacher of the Year for Wageningen University. Her latest books include an edited volume called Sustainable food futures: Multidisciplinary solutions (Routledge 2017) and Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge 2015). See her other publications here.
Previously, Jessica worked in the Department of Food Systems, Culture and Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain). She has also worked as Global Coordinator for Alliance Building for the Indian NGO MARAG and is currently an advisor and researcher with Traditional Cultures Project .
When not working, she is likely to be reading, practicing yoga, riding her bike or climbing rocks.