1. Comparative Social Surveys
  2. Crime & Justice Research
  3. Culture & the Creative Industries
  4. Food Policy
  5. International Communications & Society
  6. Law, Justice & Journalism
  7. Cultural Sociology
  8. Work, Class & Gender
  9. Q-Step Centre
    1. Research
    2. Publications and reports
    3. City Food Symposia
    4. Staff
    5. PhD students

Centre for Food Policy

Welcome to the Centre for Food Policy

The Centre for Food Policy researches and educates on how policy-making processes work and how they both reflect and shape the nature of food supply and consumption. It is interested in the policy place of food in society and the impact on health, environment, social justice and economy. 

The Centre's aims are:

  • To be a focus for interdisciplinary learning and research on food policy for the School and University
  • To be a beacon of high standard food policy analysis
  • To champion the connections between health, inequality, environment and society in food policy  
  • To contribute to local, national and international policy discourse

The Centre's approach is to look at food policy from a public interest perspective. We do so in four inter-connected ways: 

Multi-disciplinary postgraduate teaching

We run two education programmes: the MSc in Food Policy and the MPhil/Phd in Food Policy. Our courses draw extensively not just on academic experts but on leading practitioners in the field we study, ensuring that they remain at the leading edge of current developments. 

See more about the MSc Food Policy and the MPhil/PhD programme


The Centre for Food Policy is involved in partnerships with a wide range of external organisations, at all levels from local to international, as a result of our extensive consultancy and advisory work.  We work closely with NGOs, Government and international bodies and conduct research with many academic partners.


We contribute extensively to academic outlets on all aspects of food policy through refereed journals, books, chapters, reports and media. 

Please see the staff profiles for specific publications and reports.


Our interests range across local, national, European and global levels of policy-making but generally have a strong commitment to exploring the processes and the public interest.  In the last Research Assessment Exercise, the Centre was rated 7th in the Unit of Assessment.

Please see the staff profiles for specific research interests.

Watch Professor Martin Caraher talk about the impact of his Centre's research on food policy.