Photo: Flickr__Dick Thomas Johnson

This theme has begun to explore the inter-connectivity between global financial processes and food production, nutrient flows and other planetary-scale biophysical processes. More specifically, the work underway at present is exploring the effects of increasingly automated trade in basic food items such as sugar, cocoa and wheat to understand how this affects the speed and extent of price fluctuations, and the effects of these fluctuations on land-use patterns, local producers and consumers.