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Harley Pope


Areas of interest

Harley is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interests in science and technology studies, governance, agriculture, international development and the environment.

His research interests include:

  • Food systems thinking and modelling
  • Adaptive governance and institutional learning and change.
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Urban/peri-urban agriculture and ecosystem services


Harley lectures on diverse topics such as food security, urban agriculture and development, ecosystems services, resilience and systems thinking.

Research centres and groups

Dr Harley Pope is the Innovative Food Systems Teaching & Learning (IFSTAL) educational coordinator at the University of Reading. He also lectures on food security and development.

IFSTAL is a novel initiative involving postgraduate students across five higher education institutions in the UK. It aims to provide an exciting, interactive training programme designed to improve participants' knowledge and understanding of the food system, while developing their systems thinking skills.


Prior to his appointment at Reading, he worked as an Associate Researcher at the University of Sussex providing technical support in the areas of urban ecosystem services, sustainability and urban agriculture to an Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project operating in Delhi.

Academic qualifications

He has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Technology (ecological management) from Imperial College. More recently he has completed his PhD at the University of Sussex, entitled, "Participatory Crop Improvement: The challenges of and opportunities for institutionalisation in the Indian public research sector".