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About

Background

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For over 35 years, he's engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice, and citizens.

He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation (eg auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health). He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries (food standards x 2, globalisation and obesity), and a consultant on food security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He was a Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), reviewing progress on food sustainability. He was on the Council of Food Policy Advisors to the Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2008-10), and was appointed to the Mayor of London's Food Board in 2010.

The Centre for Food Policy works closely with civil society organisations, through Sustain the UK NGO alliance (which he chaired in the past). He has been a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (since 1999) and President of Garden Organic (since 2008).

He has written and co-written many articles, reports, chapters and books. His most recent books are Food Policy (with D Barling and M Caraher, Oxford University Press, 2009), Food Wars (with M Heasman, Earthscan 2004), Atlas of Food (with E Millstone, Earthscan 2003/2008), Unmanageable Consumer (with Y Gabriel, Sage 1996/2007). Ecological Public Health (with G Rayner, Earthscan/Routledge) is published in May 2012. He writes frequently in the media and has written a monthly column in The Grocer since 2000.

He was elected Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2001; is an Hon Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks (City of London). He rides a bicycle to work, doesn't own a car and grows vegetables and fruit in his London garden.

Awards

- 2009 Honorary Doctorate, University of Lincoln
- 2008 Honorary Freeman, Worshipful Company of Cooks of the City of London
- 2008 Honorary Fellowship, University of Wales Institute at Cardiff
- 2007 Agri-Bagri Award, Agri-Food Network of Australia and New Zealand
- 2007 The Observer Lifetime / Hall of Fame Award, UK
- 2004 citation (runner up) for Sicco Manshot Prize, The Hague, NL
- 2004 BBC Radio 4 Food Derek Cooper Award, UK
- 2003 Caroline Walker Trust award, UK
- 2003 André Simon Food Book of the Year (for Millstone & Lang The Atlas of Food)
- 2001 elected Fellow, Faculty of Public Health (of Royal College of Physicians)
- 1999 appointed Vice-President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
- 1998 elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Journalism related to academic work

A monthly column for The Grocer, since January 2000, currently by-lined as Second Column:
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/Endeca.aspx?page=search&Ntk=All&Ns=P_PublicationDate_Millis%7C1&Ntt=Tim%20Lang

Research

Professor Lang's current research interests include:

- The definition, articulation and governance of sustainable diets
- Food security
- How institutional structures help and hinder moves towards integrated food policies
- Food democracy and the growth of democratic experimentalism
- The shape and status of EU and UK food policies

Publications

Journal Article (47)

  1. Ashton, J.R., Middleton, J. and Lang, T. (2014). Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on food poverty in the UK. The Lancet.
  2. Gatley, A., Caraher, M. and Lang, T. (Apr 2014). A qualitative, cross cultural examination of attitudes and behaviour in relation to cooking habits in France and Britain.. Appetite, 75, 71-81. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.12.014
  3. Lang, T. and Barling, D. (Feb 2013). Nutrition and sustainability: an emerging food policy discourse.. Proc Nutr Soc, 72(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S002966511200290X
  4. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (2013). UK Food Policy: Can we get it on the right track?. Food Ethics, 8(3), 4-7.
  5. Seed, B., Lang, T.M., Caraher, M. and Ostry, A. (2013). Integrating Community Food Security into Public Health and Provincial Government Departments in British Columbia, Canada. Agriculture and Human Values, 30(3), 457-470. doi: 10.1007/s10460-013-9426-x
  6. Hawkes, C., Friel, S., Lobstein, T. and Lang, T. (Jun 2012). Linking agricultural policies with obesity and noncommunicable diseases: A new perspective for a globalising world. Food Policy, 37(3), 343-353. doi: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.02.011
  7. Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (2012). Ecological public health: the 21st century's big idea? An essay by Tim Lang and Geof Rayner.. BMJ, 345, e5466.
  8. Lang, T. and Barling, D. (Dec 2012). Food security and food sustainability: Reformulating the debate. Geographical Journal, 178(4), 313-326. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00480.x
  9. Nestle, M., James, W.P.T., Annan, R., Margetts, B., Geissler, C., Kuhnlein, H., Schuftan, C., Cannon, G., Yngve, A., Popkin, B., Uauy, R., Jonsson, U., Rayner, G. and Lang, T.M. (2012). Looking into the future, what do we see?. World Nutrition, 3(4), 119-163.

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  10. Lang, T.M. (2012). Public health and nutrition: where do we go?. World Nutrition, 3(4), 92-118.

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  11. Rayner, G. and Lang, T. (2011). Is nudge an effective public health strategy to tackle obesity? No.. BMJ, 342, d2177.
  12. Pretty, J., Sutherland, W.J., Ashby, J., Auburn, J., Baulcombe, D., Bell, M., Bentley, J., Bickersteth, S., Brown, K., Burke, J., Campbell, H., Chen, K., Crowley, E., Crute, I., Dobbelaere, D., Edwards-Jones, G., Funes-Monzote, F., Godfray, H.C.J., Griffon, M., Gypmantisiri, P., Haddad, L., Halavatau, S., Herren, H., Holderness, M., Izac, A.-.M., Jones, M., Koohafkan, P., Lal, R., Lang, T., McNeely, J., Mueller, A., Nisbett, N., Noble, A., Pingali, P., Pinto, Y., Rabbinge, R., Ravindranath, N.H., Rola, A., Roling, N., Sage, C., Settle, W., Sha, J.M., Shiming, L., Simons, T., Smith, P., Strzepeck, K., Swaine, H., Terry, E., Tomich, T.P., Toulmin, C., Trigo, E., Twomlow, S., Vis, J.K., Wilson, J. and Pilgrim, S. (2010). The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 8(4), 219-236. doi: 10.3763/ijas.2010.0534
  13. Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (14 Jul 2010). Corporate responsibility in public health. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 341. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3758
  14. Lang, T. (Aug 2010). From 'value-for-money' to 'values-for-money'? Ethical food and policy in Europe. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, 42(8), 1814-1832. doi: 10.1068/a4258
  15. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (2010). Food Policy in the UK: Reflections on Food 2030 before and after. Food Ethics, 5(2), 4-7.
  16. Lang, T. (Jan 2010). Crisis? What Crisis? The Normality of the Current Food Crisis. JOURNAL OF AGRARIAN CHANGE, 10(1), 87-97.
  17. Lang, T.M. and Rayner, G. (Feb 2010). A healthy choice?. Primary Health Care, 21(1).
  18. Lang, T. (28 May 2010). From value-for-money to values-for-money: Ethical food and policy in Europe. Environment and Planning A, 42(8), 1814-1832. doi: 10.1068/a4258
  19. Lang, T. (Apr 2009). What President Obama can do in the world. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 12(4), 581-583. doi: 10.1017/S1368980009005436
  20. Barling, D., Sharpe, R. and Lang, T. (2009). Traceability and ethical concerns in the UK wheat-bread chain: From food safety to provenance to transparency. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 7(4), 261-278. doi: 10.3763/ijas.2009.0331
  21. Lang, T. (Jul 2009). Reshaping the food system for ecological public health. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 4(3-4), 315-335. doi: 10.1080/19320240903321227
  22. Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (12 Jul 2008). Risking regulatory capture at the UK's Food Standards Agency?. LANCET, 372(9633), 94-95. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61012-0
  23. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Sharpe, R. (2008). Addressing the challenges of UK national food security. Living Earth, 234, 14-19.
  24. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Sharpe, R. (2008). Food Capacity: the root of the problem. Royal Society of Arts Journal, CLIV(5533), 22-27.
  25. Barling, D. (2008). Framing UK food security: prices, capacity and sustainability. Food Ethics, 3(2), 17-18.
  26. Millstone, E. and Lang, T.M. (12 Jul 2008). Public Health Protection or Regulatory Capture?. The Lancet, 372, 94-95.
  27. Keller, I. and Lang, T. (Aug 2008). Food-based dietary guidelines and implementation: lessons from four countries - Chile, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 11(8), 867-874. doi: 10.1017/S1368980007001115
  28. Rayner, J., Barling, D. and Lang, T. (2008). Sustainable Food Systems in Europe: policies, realities and futures. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 3(2-3), 145-168. doi: 10.1080/19320240802243209
  29. Gabriel, Y. and Lang, T. (2008). New faces and new masks of today's consumer. Journal of Consumer Culture, 8(3), 321-340. doi: 10.1177/1469540508095266
  30. Wrieden, W.L., Anderson, A.S., Longbottom, P.J., Valentine, K., Stead, M., Caraher, M., Lang, T., Gray, B. and Dowler, E. (Feb 2007). The impact of a community-based food skills intervention on cooking confidence, food preparation methods and dietary choices - An exploratory trial. Public Health Nutrition, 10(2), 203-211. doi: 10.1017/S1368980007246658
  31. Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (Mar 2007). Overcoming policy cacophony on obesity: an ecological public health framework for policymakers. OBESITY REVIEWS, 8, 165-181. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00338.x
  32. Lang, T. (2007). The food wars in Europe. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 51, 22-23.
  33. Lang, T. (19 May 2007). Functional foods. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 334(7602), 1015-1016. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39212.592477.BE
  34. Rayner, G., Hawkes, C., Lang, T. and Bello, W. (Dec 2006). Trade liberalization and the diet transition: a public health response.. Health promotion international, 21 Suppl 1, 67-74. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dal053
  35. Lang, T. (Oct 2006). Food, the law and public health: three models of the relationship.. Public Health, 120 Suppl, 30-40. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2006.07.013
  36. Lang, T. (02 Nov 2006). What to eat: An aisle-by-aisle guide to savvy food choices and good eating. NATURE, 444(7115), 38-38. doi: 10.1038/444038a
  37. Pretty, J.N., Ball, A.S., Lang, T. and Morison, J.I.L. (Feb 2005). Farm costs and food miles: An assessment of the full cost of the UK weekly food basket. FOOD POLICY, 30(1), 1-19. doi: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2005.02.001
  38. Lang, T., Rayner, G., Rayner, M., Barling, D. and Millstone, E. (Feb 2005). Policy councils on food, nutrition and physical activity: the UK as a case study.. Public Health Nutr, 8(1), 11-19.
  39. Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (Nov 2005). Obesity: a growing issue for European policy?. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 15(4), 301-327. doi: 10.1177/095892870S057263
  40. Hewson, C.J. and Lang, T. (26 Nov 2005). Human and animal health: strengthening the links - Animal and human case for reforming current food policies. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 331(7527), 1268-1268. doi: 10.1136/bmj.331.7527.1268
  41. Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (2003). Food and health strategy in the UK: A policy impact analysis. POLITICAL QUARTERLY, 74(1), 66-75. doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.00513
  42. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (Jan 2003). The Politics of UK Food Policy: An Overview. Political Quarterly, 74(1), 4-7+141.
  43. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (Jan 2003). A Reluctant Food Policy? The First Five Years of Food Policy under Labour. Political Quarterly, 74(1), 8-18+141.
  44. Lang, T. (Dec 2003). Food Industrialisation and Food Power: Implications for Food Governance. Development Policy Review, 21(5-6), 555-568.
  45. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Caraher, M. (Dec 2002). Joined-up food policy? The trials of governance, public policy and the food system. Social Policy and Administration, 36(6), 556-574.
  46. Lang, T. and Heasman, M. (). Diet and Nutrition Policy: A clash of ideas or investment?. Development, 47(2), 64-74.
  47. Rayner, G., Barling, D. and Lang, T.M. (). Sustainable Food Systems in Europe: Policies, Realities and Futures. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 3(2/3), 145-168. doi: 10.1080/19320240802243209

Book (11)

  1. Rayner, G. and Lang, T. (19 Jun 2013). Ecological Public Health. Routledge. ISBN: 1136482709.
  2. Alder, J., Barling, D., Dugan, P., Herren, H.R. and Josupeit, H. (2012). Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems. A UNEP Synthesis Report. UNEP.

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  3. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Caraher, M. (2009). Food Policy: integrating health, environment and society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (2008). The Atlas of Food. Earthscan / James & James. ISBN: 1844074994.
  5. Gabriel, Y. and Lang, T. (07 Apr 2006). The Unmanageable Consumer. SAGE. ISBN: 1412918936.
  6. Heasman, M. and Lang, T. (2004). Food Wars. Earthscan. ISBN: 113653508X.
  7. Lang, T.M. and Hines, C. (1993). The New Protectionism. London, UK: Earthscan.
  8. Lang, T. and Clutterbuck, C. (1991). P Is for Pesticides. Vintage. ISBN: 0852239688.
  9. Lang, T.M. (1988). Food Adulteration and How to Beat It. Unwin Hyman. ISBN: 0044402120.
  10. Webb, T. and Lang, T.M. (1987). Food Irradiation: the Myth and the Reality. Wellingborough, UK: Thorsons.
  11. Clutterbuck, C. and Lang, T. (1982). More Than We Can Chew. Pluto Press.

Chapter (20)

  1. Lang, T.M. and Caraher, M. (28 Feb 2013). Influencing international policy. Guest, C., Ricciardi, W., Kawachi, I. and Lang, I. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (pp. ) Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0199586306.
  2. Lang, T.M. (2012). Sustainable diets and biodiversity: The challenge for policy, evidence and behaviour change. Organization, F.A.A. (Ed.), Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity (pp. ) Food & Agriculture Org. ISBN: 9251073112.
  3. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Lele, U. (2012). Increasing Resource Efficiencies: Sustainable Consumption and Production in Food Systems. Alder, J. (Ed.), Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems (pp. 29-38) Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme.
  4. Lang, T.M., Caraher, M. and Wu, M. (31 Oct 2010). Meat and Policy: Charting a Course Through the Complexity. D'Silva, J. and Webster, J. (Ed.), The Meat Crisis (pp. ) Earthscan / James & James. ISBN: 1844079031.
  5. Lang, T.M., Caraher, M. and Wu, M. (2010). Meat and Policy: Charting a Course through the Complexity. d'Silva, J. and Webster, J. (Ed.), The Meat Crisis: Developing More Sustainable Production and Consumption Earthscan.
  6. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Sharpe, R. (2010). The re-emergence of UK National Food Security on the policy agenda: sustainability challenges and the politics of food supply. Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (Ed.), Food security, Nutrition and Sustainability: New Challenges, Future Options (pp. 61-78) London: Earthscan.
  7. Lang, T.M., Barling, D. and Sharpe, L. (2010). The Re-emergence of National Food Security on the United Kingdom’s Strategic Policy Agenda Sustainability Challenges and the Politics of Food Supply. Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (Ed.), Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability (pp. ) Routledge. ISBN: 1136545654.
  8. Lang, T.M. (2010). Conclusion: Big Choices about the Food System. Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (Ed.), Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability (pp. 271-288) Routledge. ISBN: 1136545654.
  9. Lang, T.M. (14 Dec 2009). Obesity: Using the ecological public health approach to overcome policy cacophony. Kopelman, P.G., Caterson, I.D. and Dietz, W.H. (Ed.), Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children (pp. 452-470) Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 1405182261.
  10. Rayner, G. and Lang, T.M. (28 Sep 2009). Obesity: using the ecologic public health approach to overcome policy cacophony. Kopelman, P.G., Caterson, I.D. and Dietz, W.H. (Ed.), Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children (pp. ) John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 1444307630.
  11. Lang, T.M. (31 Dec 2009). Big Choices about the Food System. Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (Ed.), Food security, nutrition and sustainability (pp. 271-288) Earthscan / James & James. ISBN: 1844077756.
  12. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Sharpe, R. (2008). Ethical Traceability in the UK Wheat-Flour-Bread-Chain. Coff, C., Barling, D., Korthals, M. and Nielson, T. (Ed.), Ethical traceability and communicating food (pp. 125-165) Dordrecht: Springer.
  13. Sharpe, R., Barling, D. and Lang, T.M. (12 Jun 2008). Ethical traceability in the UK wheat-flour-bread chain. Barling, D. and Korthals, M. (Ed.), Ethical Traceability and Communicating Food (pp. ) Springer. ISBN: 1402085249.
  14. Lang, T.M. (2008). Sustainable Development. Gabriel, Y. (Ed.), Organizing Words Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0199213216.
  15. Lang, T.M. (29 Dec 2008). Sustainable Development. Gabriel, Y. (Ed.), Organizing words (pp. 292-294) Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN: 0199213216.
  16. Lang, T.M. (2007). The Environmental Impact of Supermarkets: mapping the terrain and the policy positions in the UK. Burch, D. (Ed.), Supermarkets and agri-food supply chains (pp. 192-215) Edward Elgar Pub. ISBN: 1845427262.
  17. Lang, T. and Barling, D. (01 Jan 2007). The Environmental Impact of Supermarkets: mapping the terrain and the policy positions in the UK. Burch, D. and Lawrence, G. (Ed.), Supermarkets and Agri-Food Supply Chains (pp. ) Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 1845427262.
  18. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (25 Apr 2005). Trading on health: cross-continental production-consumption tensions and the governance of international food standards. Fold, N. and Pritchard, B. (Ed.), Cross-Continental Agro-Food Chains (pp. ) Psychology Press. ISBN: 0203448170.
  19. Lang, T. (01 Jan 2005). WHAT IS FOOD AND FARMING FOR? - THE (RE)EMERGENCE OF HEALTH AS A KEY POLICY DRIVER. Buttel, F.H. and McMichael, P. (Ed.), (pp. 123-144) EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LIMITED. doi: 10.1016/S1057-1922(05)11005-1
  20. Barling, D. (2003). Agricultural Biodiversity. Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (Ed.), The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where and Why London, UK: Earthscan.

Conference (5)

  1. Rayner, G. and Lang, T. (May 2008). Sustainable societal strategies for weight management: an ecological public health perspective. ,
  2. Lankinen, A., Lang, T., Suihkonen, S., Svensk, O., Saynatjoki, A., Tuomi, T.O., McNally, P.J., Odnoblyudov, M., Bougrov, V., Danilewsky, A.N., Bergman, P. and Simon, R. (Feb 2008). Dislocations at the interface between sapphire and GaN. , doi: 10.1007/s10854-007-9307-4
  3. Beauman, C., Cannon, G., Elmadfa, I., Glasauer, P., Hoffmann, I., Keller, M., Krawinkel, M., Lang, T., Leitzmann, C., Lotsch, B., Margetts, B.M., McMichael, A.J., Meyer-Abich, K., Oltersdorf, U., Pettoello-Mantovani, M., Sabate, J., Shetty, P., Soria, M., Spiekermann, U., Tudge, C., Vorster, H.H., Wahlqvist, M. and Zerilli-Marimo, M. (Sep 2005). The principles, definition and dimensions of the new nutrition science. , doi: 10.1079/PHN2005820
  4. Lang, T. (Sep 2005). Food control or food democracy? Re-engaging nutrition with society and the environment. , doi: 10.1079/PHN2005772
  5. Lang, T.M. Reshaping the Food System for Ecological Public Health. Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities, 01 Apr 2009, Warrenton, Virginia.

Report (12)

  1. Lang, T.M. (Jan 2013). Food Matters: An integrative approach to food policy. Paris, France: OECD.

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  2. Lang, T.M., Dibb, S. and Reddy, S. (2011). Looking Forward, Looking Back.
  3. Lang, T.M. (2009). How new is the world food crisis? Thoughts on the long dynamic of Food Democracy, Food Control and Food Policy in the 21st Century. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.
  4. Lang, T.M. (2009). Setting the Table: Advice to Government on priority elements of sustainable diets. London: Sustainable Development Commission.
  5. Ambler-Edwards, S., Bailey, K., Kiff, A. and Lang, T.M. (2009). Food Futures: Rethinking UK Strategy. London, UK: Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
  6. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (2009). Current Trends in European retailing and consumption and key choices facing society.
  7. Barling, D., Lang, T. and Sharpe, R. (2008). Towards a National Sustainable Food Security Policy: A project to map the policy interface between Food Security and Sustainable Food Supply.
  8. Barling, D., Sharpe, R. and Lang, T. (2008). Re-thinking Britain's Food Security.
  9. Lang, T.M. (2008). Green, Healthy and Fair: a review of government's role in supporting sustainable supermarket food. London: Sustainable Development Commission.
  10. Barling, D. and Lang, T. (2003). Codex, the EU and Developing Countries: an analysis of developments in international food standards setting.
  11. Trichopoulou, A., Millstone, E., Lang, T., Eames, M., Barling, D., Naska, A. and van Zwanenberg, P. (2000). European Policy on Food Safety.
  12. Lang, T. and Barling, D. (2000). Memorandum: A European Food Authority. London, UK: The Stationery Office.