Professor Geoff Simm

Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems, and Chair of Global Agriculture and Food Security


Geoff is Chair of Global Agriculture and Food Security, Assistant Principal, and Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Edinburgh. The Academy is an interdisciplinary hub of researchers, teachers and students seeking evidence and learning for sustainable, ethical food systems for healthy people and a healthy planet.

Geoff’s background is in research, education, industry and policy engagement on sustainable farm animal breeding and sustainable agri-food systems. Prior to joining the University in 2016, he held a variety of leadership roles in SRUC and its predecessors.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Projects

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BSc (Hons), University of Wales

PhD, University of Edinburgh

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Research summary

Role of agriculture in tackling many of the global challenges facing society, including improving global food security, sustainable healthy diets, 'One Health', accelerating international development, responding to global climate change, and achieving sustainable natural resource use.  Sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources.

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