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Brian James Shaw

Consultant: Agri-food systems

Brian joined Metabolic in 2018, where he works on the development and deployment of science based targets in the agri-food system, and the diffusion of interventions at different scales for a transition towards increased system resilience and sustainability.

Growing up in small town Ireland, Brian developed an appreciation both for nature and understanding processes of change from a young age. He has applied his expertise in  agricultural sciences and forestry in roles with a range of research institutions in Germany and the Netherlands, addressing challenges and opportunities in cultural landscapes, agri-food transformation and rural-urban interactions. Through this work he developed a deep understanding of mixed research methods, process facilitation, and policy advocacy. Brian has co-founded two food startups, and worked with various local food and agriculture cooperatives and transition initiatives in Germany. He is also a member of Freiburg Scientific Theatre, where he uses theatre to promote and facilitate transdisciplinary dialogue.