Feed Leeds has been involved in research ever since it was formed.
Initially this was led by Dr Chiara Tornaghi through her Urban Food Justice platform. (Chiara is no longer based in Leeds).
There has been a continuing strand of design research, based at Leeds Beckett University and led by Tom Bliss. Student projects relating to Leeds sites can be accessed at KEEP and Leeds Edible Campus.
The Permaculture Association conducts regular research, sometimes in collaboration with Leeds City Council, who also work with University of Leeds. Useful papers include Merriman 2011 (Enhancing the understanding of how food security/resilience can be
improved for the city of Leeds), and Mendes 2013: (CULTIVATING FOOD SUSTAINABILITY: Envisioning a sustainable foodshed for Leeds).
Feed Leeds carried out a Food Audit for LCC in 2016 (Final Report), which led directly to the creation of Leeds Food Partnership and FoodWise Leeds. References for the Food Audit include the lapsed Leeds Food Strategy (2006-2010) and our deputation to LCC, with supporting document and LCC response. See here.
In 2019 Feed Leeds initiated a major initiative with The Leeds Climate Commission Resilience Working Group and FoodWise Leeds, which led to a series of workshops - which are on-going. The first, ‘Enabling a climate resilient food system in Leeds that promotes health, sustainability and food security’, took place in December 2019, and the second ”Pathway for a climate-resilient, healthy and sustainable Leeds Food System’ took place in September 2020.
Both workshops informed the development of a Policy Brief, which was submitted to Leeds City Council Climate Emergency Action Committee on 22 09 20. (Workshop reports and more can be accessed on the FoodWise Leeds research page).