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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge



Katy Jeary (née Wilson) works on trade-off analysis within agricultural landscapes in particular between food security, livelihoods and ecosystem services. Her research aims to use agent-based modelling to understand the social and ecological impacts of land use policies in the Budongo Forest landscape of Uganda.

Katy holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She has experience working in policy and advocacy; researching, writing and communicating evidence on agricultural development, natural resource management and food security to international policymakers and development experts. Her background is in applied ecology, resource management, international development, and natural resource modelling.


  • 2010-2013: Agriculture for Impact, Research Analyst


  • PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge (2013-Present)
  • MSc Environmental Technology - ecological management, Imperial College London (2009-2010)
  • BSc (Honours) in Biology, Imperial College London (2006-2009)

Funding and awards

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship (2013-Present)
  • Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (2013-Present)
  • Natural Environment Research Council Studentship (2009-2010)


Katy Jeary's research is investigating the impact of land use policies, such as land sparing and land sharing, on food security and forest conservation in the Budongo Forest Landscape of Uganda. In particular she is interested in what makes households food insecure and how forest conservation and agricultural intensification can help or hinder household food security.


With several other PhD students she is developing an agent based model to better understand household behaviour with regards to farming, resource use and food consumption, and the trade-offs between food production and nature conservation.



Key publications: 

Conway, G. and Wilson, K. 2013. New genetic crops in a global context. In: Bennett, D.J. and Jennings, R.C. (eds). Successful agricultural innovation in emerging economies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Juma, C., Tabo, R., Wilson, K. and Conway, G. 2013. Innovation for sustainable intensification in Africa. A Montpellier Panel Briefing Paper. Imperial College London.
  • Conway, G. (with Wilson, K.). 2012. One billion hungry: can we feed the world? Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Arnold, T. and Wilson, K. 2011. Scaling up nutrition (SUN). A Montpellier Panel Briefing Paper. Imperial College London.
  • Handforth, C. and Wilson, K. 2011. Beyond big ideas. Searching for the middle ground in agricultural development. A Global Village,
PhD Student, Department of Geography
 Katy  Jeary

Contact Details

01223 333399
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Person keywords: 
Cambridge Conservation Initiative
Cambridge Conservation Forum