This is the website and blog of Dr John Lever.


I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and management. Before moving to the University of Huddersfield, I worked in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University and in Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol. Throughout this period my research has largely focused on communities, food, religion and migration.

My recent work on kosher and halal food markets focuses on the institutional, economic, technical and cultural management procedures through which goods are subject to processes of qualification and contestation. I am also interested in the Eliasian notion of informalisation, the ways in which - in an increasingly complex world - consumers now look for more elaborate forms of justification for their food choices.

I also have an interest in a range of issues linked to migrant workers and migrant/ refugee entrepreneurs. My recent work on migrant workers in the meat processing industry provided evidence for the 2017 House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report: 'Brexit and the Labour Market'. Previous work on destitution in the UK asylum system contributed evidence for the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Asylum 2013-2014.

More recently, I have been looking at the links between notions of sharing and circular economies.

Current and past funded projects

2017-current – Sharing the burden of supermarket food waste: towards sustainability and a circular economy? (University of Huddersfied Business School)

2014-current – Ongoing evaluation of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare

2016 – An investigation of Syrian refugee entrepreneurship in Jordan

2016 – Comparing Halal requirements in the UK and the UAE (Dubai Accreditation Centre)

2015 – Comoodle and the Collaborative/Sharing Economy (Kirklees Council)

2014 – The Future of Local Food in Kirklees (Kirklees Public Health & University of Huddersfied Business School)

2013 – Workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys (Welsh Government through Wales Rural Observatory)

2012 – Destitution in the UK Asylum System (in Bradford) (Destitution Concern Bradford)

2011 – Multi Agency Work and Roma children in Education (BHA for Equality in Health and Social Care, Manchester)

2010 – Assessing 2010 European Year for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion (Institute of Volunteering Research on behalf of the Office for Civil Society)

I was also involved in the following projects, among others:

The Welfare Quality® Project

The Dialrel Project

Non-Governmental Public Action Programme

Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders