We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

Dominic Glover

Dominic Glover is a research fellow at IDS, specialising in the study of technology and processes of socio-technical change, particularly in small-scale farming in the global South. He has more than 14 years of experience in research, policy analysis and communication on technological change, innovation, knowledge systems, governance and policy processes relating to agriculture, biotechnology and rural development.


Dominic leads the cross-cutting research theme on Innovation Systems.

Inka Barnett

A  Research Fellow at IDS, Inka is a nutritionist (LSHTM/University of Bonn) with a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. Before joining IDS, Inka worked at QEH, University of Oxford, for the DFID-funded ‘Young Lives’ study on childhood poverty in four low income countries. Inka has worked with GTZ on agricultural interventions for communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, famine early warning systems in Ethiopia, WASH in West Africa and nutrition interventions in refugee camp settings in Eastern Africa.


For LANSA, Inka works on the research theme enabling environments for nutrition. 

Jaideep Gupte

Jaideep Gupte is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where his research is on urban violence, poverty and development. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai. 



Jaideep is leading on the Cross Cutting Theme on Fragility.

Jessica Meeker

Jessica Meeker is a Nutrition Convenor within Knowledge Services team at IDS. Jessica has a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and a background in research in nutrition and training.  At IDS Jessica has managed the knowledge sharing and research uptake activities for a number of nutrition research programmes, conducted evidence reviews on nutrition and agriculture and organised and facilitated stakeholder workshops in Africa and South Asia.


Jessica supported LANSA in stakeholder mapping and research uptake strategy development during the inception phase. Jessica provides ongoing support to help facilitate knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders.

Jim Sumberg

 Jim Sumberg is an agriculturalist by training and has over 25 years’ experience working on small-scale farming systems and agricultural research policy in sub- Saharan Africa and Latin America. He currently works as a research fellow at IDS, focusing on young people and agriculture and the emergence of the Livestock Revolution.

Previously he served as Programme Director at The New Economics Foundation and Senior Lecturer in Natural Resource Management in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. He has also held research positions at WADRA - the Africa Rice Centre, the International Livestock Centre for Africa, CARE International and the Gambian Livestock Department. 


Jim is a member of the Consortium Steering Group.

Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

Mar Maestre has over seven years of experience working in business and international development. Research interests and current project include agri-food value chains, business engagement in nutrient-rich foods, public-private partnerships in development, and social entrepreneurship.


Mar is working on value chains for LANSA

Richard Longhurst

Richard Longhurst a Research Associate at IDS.  He is an agricultural economist by training and worked extensively on nutrition and agriculture between 1970 and 1992, for the World Bank, FAO and as a researcher at IDS.  Subsequently he worked as an evaluator and evaluation manager for various multilateral organisations, including ILO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Now back at IDS he serves on management teams for evaluations of nutrition interventions in Bangladesh and Northern Nigeria.


Richard is the team leader for IDS and part of the management team.

Ruth Goodman

Ruth is Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer for IDS. She has designed and advised on monitoring, evaluation and learning on a broad portfolio of projects in the research–to-policy and research-to-practice arenas. She has experience working with partners in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Bangladesh and India. Prior to IDS, Ruth worked as an evaluation researcher for a leading children's charity using participatory approaches to promote young people’s voice in the evaluation of services. Ruth holds a PhD in psychology and in addition to her role at IDS she is a psychology lecturer for the Open University.


Ruth advises on monitoring and evaluation for the LANSA programme.

Siobhan Duvigneau

Information Literacy Manager at IDS, Siobhan Duvigneau works with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to strengthen the capacity of researchers and policymakers to use evidence in research or policymaking processes. As an educationalist, Siobhan is particularly interested in exploring how to nurture critical thinking, independent and lifelong learning skills.

Siobhan has worked with WHO, INASP and ITOCA on capacity development using evidence-informed, learner-centred and participatory approaches to learning. Siobhan has recently co-authored a paper on building research capacity in higher education institutions in Africa.


Siobhan is part of the capacity development team responsible for assessing stakeholder capacity and developing training materials.

Spencer Henson

A Professorial Research Fellow and Leader of the Globalisation Team at IDS, Spencer Henson is an internationally-recognised researcher on food and nutrition in developing countries including the governance of food safety and the integration of agriculture and nutrition.  A major focus of this work is the role of business in making nutritious foods available to the poor.

Spencer has undertaken research on food and nutrition issues in over 50 countries, working with FAO, WHO, World Bank, WTO, OECD and various other international organisations.  He has authored over 80 refereed journal articles.


Spencer is working on value chain-based interventions towards the integration of agriculture and food. 

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Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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