She is also an associate editor for the journal Food Security.
Her research areas include: food policy; food security; global governance; environmental policy; and participation.
She researches the science-policy-participation interface by studying the relationships between global governance organizations, systems of food provisioning, the environment, and the actors engage in and across these spaces. More specifically, she is interested in better understanding ways in which non-state actors participate in supra-national policy making processes and analysing how the resulting policies are shaped, implemented, challenged and resisted and what this means for societal transformation.
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 . This work has led her to research the changing relationship between pastoralist women in the Indian state of Gujarat to their livestock and the land, with a focus on dairy policy, culture, and food security.
Jessica’s latest book is Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge 2015).
Giving a pecha kucha talk on the role of scientists on sustainability transition
She recently recorded a podcast for the Edinburgh University Perfect Storm Lecture Series.
When not working, she is likely to be reading, practicing yoga, riding her bike or climbing rocks.