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.

I have been researching various aspects of food production and consumption for over a decade. My recent work focusses on the social and economic consequences of the globalising markets for kosher and halal food. 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.

On top of this, I 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