Tags: Academy of Science in South Africa, Oxford University, University of Manchester, International Food Policy Research Institute, Food Security, Nutrition, Food Safety

The CoE-FS is led by Professor Julian May (Director), who is based at UWC and Professor Lise Korsten (Interim Co-Director) at UP.


Professor Julian May: Director

An expert in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, Professor May has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform, social grants, information technology and urban agriculture in Africa and in the Indian Ocean Islands. His current research focuses on food security, childhood deprivation and malnutrition. He has been an associate researcher at Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the International Food Policy Research Institute. He currently serves on the South African Statistics Council, is a Member of the Academy of Science in South Africa, is the President of the South African Development Studies Association and is a Research Fellow in the Comparative Research Programme of Poverty at the University of Bergen. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and of Development Southern Africa. In 2009 the National Research Foundation awarded him a Tier One South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment. He has edited 6 books and published over 70 papers in books and academic journals.


Professor Lise Korsten: Co-Director

An expert in food safety and regulatory control, Professor Lise Korsten developed South Africa's biological control agent for fruit and established a research group in sanitary and phytosanitary aspects of international trade. She is a chief editor of Crop protection and is chairing the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security. Her research focuses on complementary fields of postharvest technology and food safety as related to international trade in fresh produce requirements, and includes aspects related to postharvest pathology and food safety in the fresh produce supply chain. Prof Korsten is also professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, section Plant Pathology in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UP.