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Imogen Bellwood-Howard

Research Fellow

Imogen’s research focuses on food systems and human-environment interactions and she has worked extensively in West African urban and rural agricultural settings. Her current research interests include sustainable and low-input agricultural practices, city region food systems and rural-urban linkages, informal urban and rural food markets, and the application of circular economy ideas to food systems.

Her recent work has addressed agricultural commercialisation and water resource use, urban agriculture, agroecology, the African Green Revolution, and knowledge construction between farmers, researchers and extension agents. Imogen’s interdisciplinary research approach draws on environmental geography, with influences from agroecology, socioecological systems thinking, science and technology studies, political ecology and practice theory. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she uses qualitative as well as quantitative and participatory methods.

Throughout her work, Imogen has been dedicated to dissemination and stakeholder engagement, for example by facilitating policy dialogue processes on agriculture in West African cities. With local partners, she has made several Ghanaian-language training, documentary and feature films on agricultural themes, exploring the crossover between dissemination and popular culture. Her more recent research explores the role of the arts in environmental policy communication.

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Ghana international development research and mutual learning hub

Transformational change requires equitable and sustainable partnerships that generate knowledge, action and leadership that is shaped by a range of perspectives. We are committed to promoting collaborations around research, learning and teaching through the establishment of international...


Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year, DFID-funded research programme that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of children’s harmful work in African agriculture; ...


Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.


Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa (GroFutures)

GroFutures is a 4-year interdisciplinary research project aiming to develop the scientific basis and participatory management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Book Chapter

Socioecological Systems and Forest Landscape Restoration

Social and ecological systems are in constant interaction. Focusing on both systems and their interactions provides a more balanced way of addressing forest landscape restoration (FLR). In this chapter, a range of forest and land management interventions, applied within FLR, are outlined and...

1 September 2018

Journal Article

Agricultural Knowledge Networks in Northern Ghana

International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food;24.2

Farmers, researchers and extension officers in Northern Ghana encounter productivity problems, such as striga, acidity, hardpan and bochaa (a Dagbani word denoting low productivity). We undertook a mainly qualitative study using interviews, focus groups and a workshop to investigate, from a...

Abdul-Fatahi Alidu

1 January 2018

Imogen Bellwood-Howard’s recent work