Professor Andy Challinor

Professor of Climate Impacts - University of Leeds

Andy Challinor is a Professor of Climate Impacts at the University of Leeds, whose work uses of climate and crop modelling to develop strategies for risk-management and adapting food systems to climate change. He aims to contribute to the knowledge and policy base for sustainably strengthening food security and health, particularly within those societies that are vulnerable to climate variability and change.

He began his research career with a PhD on boundary layer flow through forests, followed by several years of postdoctoral research at the University of Reading, where he focused on the impacts of climate variability and change on food crops. He has over fifteen years of research experience and has published widely on the effects of climate change on crop yields and global food production.

Andy is currently the “Food Availability” Theme leader for the University of Leeds Food Hub and has previously advised and provided insights for a range of media, including national radio and newspapers. Importantly, Andy is a Lead Author on both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment chapter ‘Food Production Systems and Food Security’ and the forthcoming UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, due in 2017.