Gareth Haysom is an urban food systems researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and a MPhil from Stellenbosch University. After 15 years working in the private sector, holding various leadership and board positions, Gareth returned to academia in 2004 holding teaching and research positions at the universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Gareth’s work focuses on urban food and nutrition. Gareth uses food as a lens to better understand urbanisation in cities of the global South with a specific interest in African cities, working across a variety of countries and city types.