Jane Battersby is an Associate Professor at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, where she heads up the food security and food systems cluster. A geographer by training she is currently the PI of the IDRC-Funded Nourishing Spaces project and of the ESRC/DfID-funded Consuming Urban Poverty Impact Generation project and works as a Co-I on a number of other multi-country urban food and nutrition security and food system projects. Jane serves on the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report and regularly consults and advises local, provincial and national governments, NGOs and civil society groups on food issues in the African context. Her research and engagement is driven by a need to develop urban food systems that are reliable, just, sustainable and transparent. Her work also focuses on the interaction between food systems, urban systems and social practices.