Jane Battersby is an urban geographer with an interest in all things food related. Her current areas of particular interest are urban food systems, urban food policies and the construction of food security theory in Northern and Southern research contexts. This work has both theoretical and applied components. Underpinning her food work is an ongoing interest in the linkages between spatial transformation and identity transformation in post-apartheid urban areas – a topic she has addressed through the lenses of youth identities, education, music and land restitution.
She has been the Cape Town Partner of the African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) since 2008. She is currently the Research Coordinator of the ACC’s Consuming Urban Poverty Project, is associated with the Hungry Cities Programme, and is the PI of the Nourishing Spaces project.
Jane is the Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 laureate. She is actively engaged in international, national, provincial and local government policy process, having acted in an advisory or consultative position at these levels, and currently a member of the South African Vulnerability Assessment Committee (SAVAC). Jane serves on the advisory boards of several international research projects.
She has supervised students from honours to post-doctoral level. Jane holds a PhD from Oxford University, a Masters from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a BSc(Hons) from Kings College, London, and has been
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- Battersby, J. (2020) ‘Looking Backward to Go Forward’ in Gastronomica: Journal of Critical Food Studies Spring 2020 19-20.
- Battersby, J. (2018) ‘Cities and urban food poverty in Africa’, in Watson, V., Bhan, G. and Srinvas, S. (Eds.) Companion to Planning in the Global South, Routledge: London. ISBN-13: 978- 1138932814
- Battersby, J. (2017) ‘Food systems transformation in the absence of food system planning: The case of supermarket and shopping mall expansion in Cape Town, South Africa’, Built Environment 43 (3) 417-430.
- Battersby, J., Marshak, M. & Mngqibisi, N. (2017) Mapping the invisible: The informal food economy of Cape Town, South Africa, AFSUN Working Paper Series, No. 24, Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.afsun.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/AFSUN24.pdf
- Battersby, J., Marshak, M. & Mngqibisi, N. (2016) Mapping the informal food economy in Cape Town, South Africa, HCP Discussion Paper No. 5, Hungry Cities Partnership: http://hungrycities.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HCP5.pdf
- Battersby, J. & Haysom, G. (2016) Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Transition: A Call to Action, Consuming Urban Poverty Project Working Paper No. 1, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.
- Crush, J. & Battersby, J. (Eds.) (2016) Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts And Food Security In Africa, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43567-1
- Battersby, J. (2016) MDGs to SDGs – New goals, same gaps: The continued absence of urban food security in the post-2015 global development agenda, African Geographical Review DOI:10.1080/19376812.2016.1208769
- Battersby, J. & Crush, J. (2016) The making of urban food deserts, in Crush, J. & Battersby, J. (Eds.) Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts And Food Security In Africa, Springer.
- Battersby, J. & Peyton, S. (2016) The Spatial Logic of Supermarket Expansion and Food Access, in Crush, J. & Battersby, J. (Eds.) Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts And Food Security In Africa, Springer.
- Peyton, S., Moseley, W. & Battersby, J. (2016) Implications of supermarket expansion on urban food security in Cape Town, South Africa, in Moseley, W.G., Schnurr, M.A. & Kerr, R.B. (Eds.) Africa’s Green Revolution: Critical Perspectives on New Agricultural Technologies and Systems, Routledge, Abingdon.
- Battersby, J. (2015) Food security amongst urban households, in Fukudu-Parr, S. and Taylor, V. (eds.) Food security in South Africa: Human rights and entitlement perspectives, UCT Press/Juta, Cape Town, pp. 97-11.
- Battersby, J. (2015) Food security as a lens on the lived experience of poverty in Philippi, in Brown-Luthango, M. (ed.) State/Society Synergy in Philippi, Cape Town, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, pp. 94-117
- Pereira, C., McLachlan, M. & Battersby, J. (2015) Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Qualitative Investigation in the Mitchells Plain Sub-district of Cape Town, European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety, 5(5) 745-746, DOI: 10.9734/EJNFS/2015/21069
- Peyton, S., Moseley, W. & Battersby, J. (2015) Implications of supermarket expansion on urban food security in Cape Town, South Africa, African Geographical Review, 34 (1) 36-54
- Battersby, J. (2014) The need for a diverse, responsive food system, Urban Agriculture Magazine, 27 (Urban Agriculture and Climate Change), pp. 10-12
- Battersby, J. & Crush, J. (2014) Africa’s urban food deserts, Urban Forum, 25 (2), 143-151
- Battersby, J. & Peyton, S. (2014) The geography of supermarkets in Cape Town: Supermarket expansion and food access, Urban Forum, 25 (2), 153-164
- Battersby, J. & McLachlan, M. (2013) Urban food security: A neglected public health challenge? South African Medical Journal 103 (10) 716-717.
- Battersby, J. (2013) Urban agriculture and race in South Africa, in Slocum, R. & Saldanha, A. (eds.) Geographies of Race and Food: Fields, Bodies and Markets, Ashgate Press, Farnham, pp. 117-136.
- Battersby, J. (2013) Hungry Cities: A critical review of urban food security research in sub-Saharan Africa, Geography Compass 7(7) 452-463
- Battersby, J. & Marshak, M. (2013) Growing communities: Integrating the social and economic benefits of urban agriculture in Cape Town, Urban Forum doa.10.1007/s12132-013-9193-1
- Battersby, J. (2012) Beyond the food desert: finding ways to speak about urban food security in South Africa, Geographiska Annaler 94 (2) 141-158
- Battersby, J. (2012) Urban food security and climate change: A system of flows, in Moser, C., Frayne, B and Ziervogel, G. (eds) Climate Change, Assets and Food Security in Southern African Cities, Earthscan, Abingdon, pp. 35-56.
- Battersby, J. (2011) Urban food insecurity in Cape Town, South Africa: A critical assessment of the operation of the formal and informal food sectors, Development Southern Africa 28 (4) 545-561.
- Battersby, J. (2011) The State of Urban Food Security in Cape Town, Urban Food Security Series No. 11, AFSUN, Queen’s University, Canada
- Battersby, J. (2017) Africa’s research universities can help to drive an urban agenda, The Conversation Africa 9 May 2017
- The Nature of Cities: Jane Battersby, The Nature of Cities Roundtable on Urban agriculture has many benefits. Is one of them a contribution to urban sustainability? 1 July 2016.
- The Conversation: Jane Battersby, Why urban argriculture isn’t a panacea for Africa’s food crisis.The Conversation, 15 April 2016.
- The Conversation: Jane Battersby, What’s driving sub-Saharan Africa’s malnutrition problem. The Conversation, 3 March 2016.
- UCT Summer School Lecture Series 2013: http://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/6659
- Weekend Argus (Saturday edition): Meeting the needs of the hungry, Jane Battersby interviewed by Michael Morris, 7 March 2015
- Battersby, J. (2013) The future of food security, Foresight for Development, 23 September 2013,
- Moseley, W., Peyton, S. & Battersby, J. (2013) The real solution to South Africa’s food problem, Al Jazeera English, 8 September 2013
- Bettencourt, L.M.A., Fernandezm M., Vergara, V.M., Battersby, J., Stein, A. (2013) Guardian Development
- Cape Times Op-ed: Jane Battersby, Hunger haunts our cities. Op-ed. The Cape Times. 17 May 2013
- Cape Times Insight: Jane Battersby-Lennard and Jonathan Crush, Failure of the food market means many in our city go hungry. Op-ed. The Cape Times. 23 January 2013
- Business Day Analysis: Gareth Haysom and Jane Battersby-Lennard, Ask yourself: where do my vegetables come from? Business Day. 19 August 2012
South African Cities Network Food Security Study (2015) – Team leader
- SACN (2015) A study on current and future realities for urban food security in South Africa, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, Nov. 2015
- SACN (2015) Policy Brief. Retail planning as a means to support food security: A role for urban planning, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, Oct 2015
- SACN (2015) Policy Brief: Looking beyond urban agriculture: Extending urban food policy responses, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, Oct 2015
- SACN (2015) Policy Brief: Towards democratic urban food systems governance: Re-interpreting the urban food security mandate Re-interpreting the urban food security mandate, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg Oct 2015
- SACN (2015) Future South African Food System Scenarios: A discussion brief, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, August 2015
City of Cape Town Food System Study (2013) – Team leader
Battersby, J, Haysom, G., Tawodzera, G. McLachlan, M. & Crush, J.. With Lombard, T, Labuschange, I, Bitzer, V., Simpson, N., Rattle, J., Duncan, S., Marshak, M., James, J. & Kroll, F (2014) Food System and Food Security Study for the City of Cape Town.
Rooftops Canada, Philippi Horticultural Area Study (2012)
German Development Agency (GIZ) on Urban Food Security Feasibility Study (2011)
UNEP-START, Integrating Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Development Planning (2011)
Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson November 1, 2018
HOW DO THE CITIES WE LIVE IN SHAPE WHAT WE EAT? This question is central to a new book, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks: Running our Cities to Fill the Food Gap, by Leonie Joubert with Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson published by the African Centre for Cities. (more…)
Jane Battersby October 16, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated another devastating crisis: hunger. Heroic efforts are required from a range of actors to combat this scourge, writes Jane Battersby. The theme of World Food Day 2020, on 16 October is Food Heroes. It is clear that this year needs food heroes more than ever before. The Covid-19 crisis has […]
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Over-reliance on food imports from other regions of Kenya and neighbouring countries leaves Kisumu city vulnerable to food insecurity should there be any disruptions in the supply chain such as been highlighted by the current pandemic. (more…)
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