Tara is the Director of TABLE, a global platform for knowledge synthesis, for reflective, critical thinking and for inclusive stakeholder dialogue on priority concerns and contestations around the future of food. TABLE seeks to facilitate informed discussions about how the food system can become sustainable, resilient, just, and ultimately “good”. TABLE is a collaboration between the University of Oxford (where Tara is based), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University and Research.
Tara’s work centres on the interactions among food, climate, health and broader sustainability issues; she has a particular interest in livestock as a sector where many of these converge. She is also interested in how knowledge is communicated to and interpreted by policy makers, civil society organisations and industry, and in the values that these different stakeholders bring to food problems and possible solutions.
Tara is based at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. She has a degree in English Literature (University of Oxford), a Masters in Development Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies) and a PhD in food systems analysis (University of Surrey).