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Centre for Food Policy

The Centre for Food Policy is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to improving food policy worldwide.

About

Welcome to the Centre for Food Policy - one of the very few places in the world dedicated to studying and influencing food policy.

We believe that food policy matters because it affects everyone. Food policy shapes who eats what, why and at what cost. It affects our nutrition and health, our livelihoods and communities, our cities and countryside, our nature and climate – now and for future generations. Food policy affects the people whose jobs involve growing, moving, processing and selling food.

Yet food policy is not doing its job. The world is facing major food system challenges, locally, in nations and globally; the huge burden of food poverty, malnutrition and diet-related disease; climate change and ecosystem degradation; and millions of people’s lives are affected by the often low paid and hazardous work involved in the food system.

Our vision is to see food policy addressing these challenges effectively and equitably to improve the wellbeing of people and planet.

Our work involves providing independent, inter-disciplinary evidence and education to enable food policy to be more effective and equitable.

We conduct research that recognises the interconnections in the food system and the voices and experiences of people across the food system. We are committed to advancing this integrated and inclusive approach to food policy because we believe it will more effectively improve nutrition and health, protect the planet and contribute to economic and social prosperity, equitably.  We are likewise dedicated to producing a larger and stronger generation of leaders, decision-makers and influencers in food policy through our educational programmes.

At the Centre we value being part of a broader community, working to make a difference. Wherever you are in the food system, I look forward to engaging on this important agenda. Here you can find out more about our work, our strategy and our history.

Professor Corinna Hawkes
Director, Centre for Food Policy


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Rhind building is the glass building located at the corner of Myddelton Street and St John Street.

People

Our Academic Staff

Professor Corinna Hawkes

nullProfessor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy. She joined the Centre in January 2016 bringing with her a diversity of international experience at the interface between policy and research. She has worked with international agencies, governments, NGOs, think tanks and universities at the  international level, as well as nationally and locally in the UK, United States and Brazil. A regular advisor to governments, international agencies and NGOs, her specialism is the role of food systems policies in what we eat and how they can be levered for positive impact. Corinna serves as Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe. She sits on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).

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Dr Claire Marris

null Dr Claire Marris joined the Centre for Food Policy in January 2016 and is Programme Director for the MSc in Food Policy. She initially trained as a plant molecular biologist before realising she was more interested in how science and policy shape our world than conducting research in the laboratory. Since 1992, she has conducted research in the field of Social Studies of Science, with a focus on the use of genetic modification techniques in food and agriculture. She is interested in the relationship between scientific evidence and policy making, notably in the area of risk assessment for crops and foods. Her work explores links between science and democracy, and advocates the inclusion of a broader range of stakeholders in decision-making.

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Professor Martin Caraher

Martin CaraherMartin is professor in food and health policy at Centre for Food Policy at City University London. He originally trained as an environmental health officer in Dublin. After working in the north west of Ireland he developed an interest in the public health and health promotion aspects of the work. He spent some time working in the Irish and the English health services managing health promotion and public health services respectively.

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Professor Tim Lang

nullTim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. He founded the Centre in 1994. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For 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 mixed challenge of being food for the environment, health, social justice, and citizens. What is a good food system? How is ours measured and measuring up?

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Dr Anna Isaacs

null Dr Anna Isaacs is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy. She is currently working on a series of projects for the NIHR-funded Obesity Policy Research Unit, exploring how food policies can better support positive nutritional outcomes, particularly in areas of deprivation. More broadly, Anna is interested in exploring how social, political, economic, and environmental factors shape experiences of health and wellbeing in different contexts, how these factors leads to health inequalities, and what policy can do to address this. She has expertise in a range of in-depth qualitative and participatory methods, and experience of working with diverse communities in areas of deprivation.

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Dr Kelly Parsons

null Dr Kelly Parsons is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Food Policy. Her work focuses on integrated food policy: what it means, and how it can be done in practice. She is currently funded by Wellcome to produce a series of briefing papers on integrated food policy and its practical application. The project involves exploring connections in the food system, in policy, and in governance, at multiple scales, from local urban food policy integration, to the global level.
Kelly is also lead researcher on the Food Research Collaboration’s workstream on Rethinking UK Food Governance, which aims to develop a vision for a new model of food governance in the UK.

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Dr Laura Pereria

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Dr Laura Pereira holds a DPhil in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Oxford. Originally from Johannesburg, Laura has worked in the UK, USA, and South Africa on questions of food systems governance under environmental change. During her post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of Cape Town, she began to incorporate innovation on indigenous food and traditional knowledge into her research as a potential leverage point for transforming the food system onto a more sustainable trajectory. Laura was a researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University where she worked on the GRAID project exploring how resilience thinking can be applied to development challenges, using novel methodologies from futures and lab thinking. She is based full-time at the Centre for Food Policy where she is a research fellow on SHEFS project group working on food systems governance in South Africa.

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Our Food Research Collaboration Staff

Mary Atkinson


null Mary has been the Coordinator for the Food Research Collaboration since it began in 2014.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition Specialist for a number of INGOs in the international humanitarian sector for 14 years, including British Red Cross, Oxfam and Medecines Sans Frontiers, as well as the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme.  Before this, Mary worked as a nutritionist in the UK, mostly in academic research and teaching at Glasgow University and King’s College London but also for the Department of Health, International Obesity Task Force and as a volunteer for Sustain.  She taught Nutrition at the University of Malawi after completing her MSc in Nutrition, from 1989 to 1991.

Education
2010 – 2012: MSc in Food Policy, City University London (Distinction)
1988 – 1989: MSc in Nutrition, King’s College London
1982 – 1985: BSc in Food Science, Food Economics & Marketing, University of Reading

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Nóra Blascsók

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Nóra joined the Food Research Collaboration as Communications and Web Officer in September 2018. Alongside her job at the Centre for Food Policy, Nóra works at the Science Policy Research Unit, where she’s been part of the communications team for the last four years. Nóra has a Masters in International Relations with Distinction from the University of Sussex, where she also pursued her undergraduate studies. After her Masters, Nóra spent a short stint at Consumers International as Food Security Intern following an internship at a Spanish consumer rights NGO (FACUA) in Seville. She speaks fluent Spanish, intermediate Italian and German; and her native tongue is Hungarian.

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Dr Rosalind Sharpe

Ros SharpeRosalind is interested in the sustainability (or otherwise) of food systems - in particular the UK's industrial food system, and the social aspects of sustainability. She currently works for the Food Research Collaboration, based at the Centre for Food Policy, which aims to build constructive links between academics and campaign groups working towards more equitable, healthy and environmentally sustainable food systems. My remit covers the impacts of Brexit on Britain's food supply.

Our Teaching Fellows for IFSTAL

Dr Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells Rebecca is a Teaching Fellow on the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning IFSTAL) project at City's Centre for Food Policy. She shares this post with Annabel de Frece and both are based in the Centre for Food Policy. IFSTAL is a postgraduate, multi-disciplinary, inter-university project which aims to promote food systems thinking in order to address the global food crisis. A former BBC radio producer and a food journalist for some 15 years Rebecca is currently writing up her PhD which looks at the interaction between food policy and the UK media. Her thesis takes as a case study UK Department of Health recommendations on red and processed meat consumption and cancer. Her research interests include food policy, food in the media, food poverty, food banks and food security.

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Dr Annabel de Frece

Annabel de FreeceAnnabel is a Teaching Fellow on the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning IFSTAL) project at City's Centre for Food Policy. She shares this post with Rebecca Wells and both are based in the Centre for Food Policy. IFSTAL is a postgraduate, multi-disciplinary, inter-university project which aims to promote food systems thinking in order to address the global food crisis. Annabel’s background is in agricultural livelihoods and the links between policy, the environment and social and cultural systems. Her doctoral research in the Yucatán, Mexico explored local meanings attached to the milpa and the interactions between farmers, development interventions and environmental narratives.

She has taught on both undergraduate and post graduate courses in the fields of development studies and gender. Her interests include knowledge systems relating to the environment, development and inequality, teaching methods and pedagogy. She has conducted research in Ghana and India and she is also a distance learning tutor and course author at CEDEP/SOAS teaching gender and social inequality.

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Find out more information on IFSTAL
Student sign up to IFSTAL (on Moodle)

Our Centre Coordinator

Siobhan Carpenter

null Siobhan is the Centre for Food Policy’s Coordinator supporting a wide range of functions including centre communications and events, office organisation the Food Policy alumni network.
She has spent a large part of her career in public sector project, communications, and leadership development roles, firstly at The Leadership Centre and then The Local Government Association. Following that she branched out to work in housing policy and then for a housing social enterprise.
A stint living abroad prompted her interest in food policy and alongside her role as Centre Coordinator she volunteers with a London based charity supporting families to develop cooking skills.

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Our Current PhD Students

Ceyhun Gungor

Ceyhun Güngör is investigating Learning and Knowledge Transfer processes of non-competitive collaborative groups and their role in shaping food sustainability policy. This involves two national and international case studies.

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Karl-Axel Lindgren

Karl-Axel Lindgren has looked at the seminal 2013 Indian Food Security Act to see whether the interests of the urban poor featured in the formulation of the policy and its anticipated impact.

See Karl-Axel Lindgren's full profile

Hannah Brinsden

Hannah Brinsden has done fieldwork on how policy advocacy works (and doesn’t work) in a diet and health context – seeing whether food policy change can and should pursue ‘evidence-based policy’.

See Hannah Brinsden's full

Harvey Ells

Harvey Ells is looking at how different English street markets in the UK are reflected in wellbeing – whether markets’ role is the creation of retail-related social capital and what this means for policy.

See Harvey Ells' full profile

Daphne Page

Daphne Page is exploring the perceived link between urban agriculture and sustainability in municipal urban food strategies within the UK’s Sustainable Food Cities Network.

See Daphne Page's full profile

Amanda McCloat

Amanda McCloat is working on policy issues related to the place and location of Home Economics in the secondary school curriculum in the Republic of Ireland. Her focus is on why and how Home Economics education and its role in the curriculum is established while in areas such as the UK it has lost its focus.

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Laurie Egger

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Laurie Egger is looking at the impact of food assistance on food insecurity and nutrition in young children in the US and the UK. Her study aims to give a voice to deprived families who can help evaluate and inform policy.

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Natalie Neumann

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Natalie Neumann is assessing policy’s role in supporting farmers’ markets in the UK, asking: are they reaching all levels of society and creating equality in access to locally farmed and nutritious food?

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Our Visiting Fellows

The Centre has been honoured to welcome Visiting Fellows from Universities around the world:

Tara Bolsen -Robinson, Deakin University, Australia

Professor Renato Maluf, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Coordinator of the Reference Centre on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security

Manuela Mika Jomori, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil

Nathalia Valderrama Bohórquez, National University of Columbia

Professor Jane Dixon, Australian National University

Education

Multi-disciplinary postgraduate teaching

At the heart of our education programme is our commitment to advancing an integrated approach to food policy that takes account of the interconnections in the food system to enable nutrition, health, environmental, social and economic goals to be delivered more coherently.

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and go onto work in governments, public institutions, civil society, business large and small, and the media. The aim is to equip these future decision-makers and influencers with a bigger picture understanding of what food policy is, how it works and why. We instill food systems thinking as a practical skill that can be used in the real world of food and food policy.

We educate students from all over the world. The fact that our students come from such a variety of backgrounds - many disciplines, many professions - means we learn from our students, and they learn from each other. Our courses draw extensively not just on academic experts but on leading practitioners in the field we study, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of current developments.

Our Food Policy MSc

Discover how to change the food system for the better on our unique MSc in Food Policy at City. The MSc is for people who care about food and want to gain a strong, critical grasp of food policy as a field of scholarship and practice. Full details can be found on the course pages.

Our Food Policy PhD / MPhil

Our PhD / MPhil in Food Policy at City educates students wanting to gain deeper insights into food policy - the way it is made, how it is designed, and its effects. It is an advanced route into academic work in food policy as well as other professions. It will help you acquire the skills to become a professional researcher; explore a topic of interest to you in depth, and contribute original work which will extend the current knowledge base to influence and change food policy. Full details can be found on the course pages.

Our PhD programme has a cohort of students studying a diversity of food policy  topics and actively engaged in the life of the Centre. It offers early and mid-career professionals the opportunity to situate detailed research within the bigger picture and engage with live policy issues.

Our bespoke CPD courses

The Centre for Food Policy is running the following CPD courses at the University of Reading on the 3rd & 4th July 2019.

Drawing on the most up to date knowledge on food systems, you will also have the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with a diverse range of other professionals and work together in applying the methods taught. You will enhance your network and learn from other professionals, acquire the knowledge and skills for collaboration to enact change and learn to use tools that create impact in your organisation and beyond.

Course 1 - Understanding Food Systems - 3 July 2019

This course comprises a combination of lecture and workshop style teaching. IFSTAL's method of teaching brings together diverse actors within the food system to work together on challenges through the application of systems methodology. This first course will cover the basics of food systems, detailing the key challenges faced at the local and global levels. We work together over the course to identify and prioritise issues and consider our role within the food system. This course will also introduce food systems thinking methodology, an approach which recognises the value and roles of various food system sectors, actors, disciplines and approaches; will help you to understand the connectedness of key food systems issues and problems; and provide you with structured frameworks and processes for better analysing and working within the food system.


The course will enable you to:
  • Describe and give examples of what is meant by ‘food systems’
  • Recognise the value of various food system sectors, disciplines and approaches
  • Recognise your place and role within the food system
  • Articulate the key challenges and opportunities facing food systems
  • Apply food systems thinking and methodology to your work

To book please follow the link to the e-store: Understanding Food Systems (Day 1)

Course 2 - Changing Food Systems - 4 July 2019

This course comprises a combination of lecture and workshop style teaching. IFSTAL's method of teaching brings together diverse actors within the food system to work together on challenges through the application of systems methodology. Following on from IFSTAL CPD01, this second day-long course will address ways of intervening in complex adaptive food systems. This course will introduce different approaches to multilevel change in the food system and identify key skills and tools for implementing change. You will work in multi-sector groups developing the communication and analysis skills you will need to be a food systems thinker.

The course will enable you to

  • Describe how food system change is initiated and managed by different actors
  • Identify areas in which you can make positive change
  • Use systems methodologies to analyse the effect of interventions
  • Build your capability to enact positive change in your organisation
  • Collaborate effectively to spearhead change
  • Enhance your network and learn from other food sector professionals

To book, please follow the link to the e-store: Changing Food Systems (Day 2)

The course fee is £350 per delegate per day. Those who working in a charity or NGO, or who are self-funded, can benefit from a 20% discount, please email us at ifstal-city@city.ac.uk.

These courses will be in the Hopkins Building, which is on the Whiteknights Campus. Further details of how to reach Reading University and a campus map can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/visit-us.aspx

Participants will have the opportunity to network with other leading academics from the IFSTAL programme as well as expert speakers from the food sector.

For participants attending both days of this course, do contact us for advice on places to stay nearby.

For further information please email ifstal-city@city.ac.uk or telephone: 02070404514

Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL)

The IFSTAL initiative is a collaborative and cross-university food systems training programme, learning community and interactive resource designed to improve participant’s knowledge and understanding of the food system. IFSTAL increases employability skills and is building a cohort of inter-disciplinary professionals equipped with food-systems thinking for the workplace.

We co-manage IFSTAL alongside six other leading institutions;

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Warwick
  • The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), comprising researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the School of African and Oriental Studies.

Open to students from the participating institutions, IFSTAL fosters interdisciplinary and systems thinking learning amongst participants from any discipline working on food issues to improve human, animal and environmental health.

IFSTAL also organises public events and works closely with a growing network of workplace partners from civil society organisations, government and industry.

For more details, please visit IFSTAL’s dedicated website or contact us

City students can self-enroll free of charge by searching for IFSTAL on Moodle.

Find out more about IFSTAL in our video

Getting involved with the IFSTAL programme was hugely beneficial to my learning and development in a number of ways. Firstly it provided a unique platform to network with, and learn from; a range of researchers and practitioners from across the food system. Secondly, the programme delivered a set of high quality workshops on food systems analysis which helped refine my research skills, something I am able to utilise in my current role as a social researcher. IFSTAL provided me with a really valuable resource to develop a set of skills needed for tackling complex food system challenges.

Luke Hamilton, MSc Food Policy, City University of London, now working at DEFRA.

Our Alumni

Graduates from our Masters and PhD programmes run NGOs, progressive food businesses, work in governments, and UN or international agencies, and have established great careers in health advocacy, journalism and academia.

Read about some of our Food Policy alumni and what they are up to now, or ‘a day in the life’ of alumni Kawther Hasham, Researcher, Nutritionist and Campaigner at Action on Sugar and Sky Cracknell, an artisan jam entrepreneur.

Student Prizes

Each year the Worshipful Company of Cooks and the Worshipful Company of Farmers award prizes for outstanding dissertations. We are delighted to have their continued support, as are our students:

Winning the Worshipful Company of Cooks Food Policy Dissertation Prize was an honour. On a personal level, it meant a lot to me that the energy and effort I’d put into my dissertation had been recognised in such a way. I do not doubt that it has helped enormously with my professional development as well; I was awarded a fully-funded PhD at the University of Oxford to continue my masters project in 2016. The award of academic prizes makes up part of the selection criteria for prospective PhD candidates, so I genuinely feel that the Worshipful Company of Cooks Food Policy Dissertation Prize played a significant part in my success at being given a place here at Oxford.

Lauren Bandy, 2014 winner of the Worshipful Company of Cooks Dissertation Prize

I was utterly delighted to receive the Worshipful Company of Farmers Food Policy Dissertation Prize. As a mum of two kids who had not written an essay for nearly twenty years the MSc in Food Policy was very challenging for me, in many ways. I worked really hard and to have this recognised with the Prize was wonderful. Following my Masters course I decided to do a PhD, and I am sure that the Prize helped me win a scholarship.

Annie Connolly, 2014 winner of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Dissertation Prize

I was surprised and delighted to win the Worshipful Company of Cooks dissertation prize given the quality of candidates at the Centre of Food Policy. It was an honour to be invited to accept the award among so many exceptional talents from all areas of food. The prize is not only a recognition of my research into healthy food behaviours, but is a great reminder of the importance of integrating academic discussion with other industries and careers to bring about positive change across the food system and create opportunities for collaboration. The award has subsequently supported my ambition to further my career into food policy as I recently accepted a role as an advisor to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Clara Widdeson, 2016 winner of the Worshipful Company of Cooks Dissertation Prize

I was delighted to win the Food Policy Dissertation Prize from the Worshipful Company of Farmers. To receive the award, I was invited to join a special luncheon where I had the opportunity to engage with British farmers in meaningful discussions on how my research in the sustainability of animal agriculture impacts their work on the ground as well as how they are collectively thinking about sustainability and health of British agriculture as a livery company. I can’t imagine an award for my research that would mean more to me than the recognition of farmers themselves, upon whom our whole food system depends.

Christiana Wyly, 2017 winner of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Dissertation Prize

Research

Our research aims to find solutions to a wide range of food policy challenges. It advances understanding of how to design integrated and inclusive food policies that tackle these challenges more effectively and more equitably. Conducting our analysis within a food systems framework, we  provide evidence on:

  1. How food systems are working - and how integrated policy can help them work better. What are the perceptions of how food systems work? What are the fundamentals that need to change to achieve food systems which support healthy diets, protect the planet, nurture social cohesion while also being economically viable? What are the conflicts that need to be overcome? What does policy need to do to address conflicts and drive needed changes? How can food policy and governance leverage the connections across food systems, governments and beyond to deliver healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable food systems?
  2. How people experience food systems - and what can be learned from this to design more inclusive policies. What can we learn about how to address food-system challenges by listening to and involving the citizens and communities who experience these challenges? What, likewise, can we learn from better understanding the perspectives and perceptions of the people who manage and govern the system? What can policy do to build the opportunity, capacity and motivation to identify and tackle the challenges?
  3. How policies and governance are working  ̶  and what can be learned from approaches that have succeeded or failed. What policies already exist and how coherent are they? Are they being implemented effectively? If so, how? If not, why not? What has been or can be learned from previous efforts to develop, design and deliver integrated and inclusive food policies? Who is influencing decision-making and how? How does food governance work and how could it work more effectively?

You can explore our current research areas and PhD research below. An overview of research conducted between the founding of the Centre in 1994 and 2016 can be found in our report on the history of the Centre for Food Policy 1994-2016.

Cooking Skills

This programme of work has been ongoing since the Centre’s inception, led by Professor Martin Caraher. Current projects include:

Cooking skills on the Island of Ireland

This project, begun in 2016 and run in conjunction with Queens University Belfast, aims to provide a holistic understanding of cooking skills and food skills on the island of Ireland and their impact on individuals’ diets. The project is part of Safefood, an all-island implementation body set up under the Anglo-Irish Agreement and funded by the EU. Safefood has a general remit to promote awareness of food safety and nutrition issues on the island of Ireland. The project has already completed a review of cooking which informed an intervention with 140 adults in four different settings to identify which technologies are useful in developing food literacy. We are also working with NHS Scotland to advise on their ‘realist’ review of cooking initiatives and guidance for practitioners. For more information, contact programme lead Professor Martin Caraher. Publications from this project can be found here.

Developing a tool to measure cooking activity in Brazil

The Centre for Food Policy has partnered with the Universidade Federal de Alagoas and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (both in Brazil) to investigate cooking skills in Brazil and the UK. The project is funded by a grant from the federal government of Brazil. It is based on a placement by Professora Manuela Mika Jomor at the Centre for Food Policy in 2017, with funding running until the end of 2019. Two  papers have been submitted examining the cross-cultural adaptions of questionnaires for use in a Brazilian context. For more information, contact project lead Professor Martin Caraher.

Guidance on cooking skills training

The Food Research Collaboration is working with the Sustainable Food Cities Network to develop practical guidance on cooking skills training, to be used  by community-based practitioners and commissioners. It will review and share the evidence needed to help ‘make the case’ to support cooking skills training, and will also help to find out ‘what works’ in terms of identifying and measuring course outcomes. The project is being supported by Professor Martin Caraher and a Project Team of local practitioners and commissioners, policy makers and academics. For more information, contact project lead Mary Atkinson or visit the Food Research Collaboration website here.

Review of community cooking policy

With colleagues from France, Spain and the US (universities of Lyons, San Sebastian, Michigan School of Public Health and Colorado State University), this project is set to explore the policies that guide community coking projects and initiatives. Although there is an emerging academic literature on the impact and outcome of community food initiatives, there has been little focus on the national policies that drive, or indeed hinder, this work. This work is funded through an EU 5th framework grant and has resulted in two summer schools on cooking. The policy work is being funded via a series of workshops, linked to the summer schools, where the key actors spend a couple of extra days teasing out the policy work. For more information, contact project lead Professor Martin Caraher.

Double duty actions for nutrition

Professor Corinna Hawkes is leading research for a paper, to be published in 2018/19 in the next Lancet series on nutrition, on the double burden of malnutrition. Working with colleagues at the International Food Policy Research Institute and elsewhere, the project involves assessing the implications of the design of existing undernutrition policies and interventions for obesity, and looking at how a more integrated approach could reduce the risk of undernutrition and obesity in a synergistic manner. An existing Policy Brief on Double Duty Actions, authored by Corinna Hawkes and published by the World Health Organization, can be found here.

Food policy and Brexit

This project is part of the current work programme of the Food Research Collaboration. Brexit will have profound effects on the UK’s food supply, and has prompted extensive analysis by academics and campaigning by civil society groups. The objective of this project is to help synthesise this activity, to ensure that food system sustainability, underpinned by integrative and inclusive governance, remains central to emerging food policy. It aims to achieve this both by generating research data and by bringing together organisations and scholars at work on the topic to share information and experience. One output is the series of Food Brexit Briefings on critical issues. The project is also working on a series of evidence papers that apply the integrative policy lens to some key food supply chains. These will draw together current research and collaboration with civil society partners to explore how the Brexit ‘unfrozen moment’ could enable more sustainable food policy. For more information, contact project lead Dr Rosalind Sharpe or visit the Food Research Collaboration website here.

Food poverty and ‘foodbanking’

This programme of work has been ongoing at the Centre since its inception, led by Professor Martin Caraher. The goal is to better understand the causes of and solutions to food poverty, including by engaging with people who experience food poverty. Current areas of work include:

Social supermarkets

In a joint project initiated in 2015 with Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia), Otago (New Zealand) and Curtin (Perth, Australia), we are exploring the appropriateness of social supermarkets as a solution to food poverty. In 2017 we also prepared a report on the feasibility of social supermarkets for the Department of Communities Northern Ireland. For more information, contact programme lead Professor Martin Caraher.

Food banks and food charities

This project, initiated in 2018 with Curtin University (Perth, Australia), explores the role of food banks in alleviating suffering and poverty among homeless and distressed populations. It is funded by a grant from HealthWay, the Western Australia Health Promotion Foundation, where Professor Caraher was visiting Healthway fellow for three months in 2016. This work emerges from that fellowship and the collaborations made during this time. So far, two papers have emerged, available here.

We are also working with the University of Ulster on the social cost of food charity –  in this project we compare the cost of a food bank emergency food parcel with that of a consensually agreed, nutritionally adequate diet. The objective is to identify the welfare costs of providing cash as opposed to charity, and establish a ‘social cost’ indicator. Part of the work will inform the Menu for Change programme in Scotland. The relationship and links between the retail sector and food charities is also being explored as part of a consortium with colleagues at the Universität Bielefeld (Germany), Helsinki University (Finland), Ryerson University (Canada), Deakin University (Australia) and the university of Dijon (France) . For more information, contact programme lead Professor Martin Caraher.

Integrated food policy

The aim of this programme of work, initiated in 2018, is to explore and communicate what integrated food policy means, and how it might be put into practice. It currently comprises three projects. For more information contact project lead Dr Kelly Parsons.

Towards an integrated UK food policy

As part of the current work programme of the Food Research Collaboration, this project asks the question: what governance might be needed for a more integrated and inclusive approach to food across the UK government? It is answering this question by investigating how food policy is currently made in the UK through interviews with policy makers and other stakeholders. The research is being conducted in collaboration with a Project Team comprising academic and civil society representatives from Deakin University (Australia); UK Health Forum; Wageningen University (the Netherlands); Which? and WWF.

Good Food Systems

This research explores how aspects of food systems would need to function in order to deliver multiple goals, e.g. nutrition and economic goals; health and sustainability. It includes a policy brief commissioned by the European Health Observatory in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Austria, to be published in late 2018.

Conflicts and connections in food policy

This project, funded by the Wellcome Trust (2018-2019), has a global scope. It aims to identify the connections in food systems and food policies where positive change could happen at multiple scales  ̶  from local and urban food policy integration to the global level. It also identifies the conflicts that need to be managed to enable change to happen. The results will be published as a series of briefing papers.

Obesity Policy Research Unit

The Centre for Food Policy leads the Food Policy and Systems workstream of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Obesity Policy Research Unit (OPRU), a collaboration with University College London, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and other partners. The OPRU aims to provide the UK Department of Health and Social Care with novel research evidence to help reduce the prevalence and burden of childhood obesity. We are currently leading on two projects. For more information, contact project lead Dr Anna Isaacs.

Understanding engagement with Food Provisioning Environments (2018-20)

The aim of this project is to understand how parents living in deprivation experience and engage with food provisioning environments, and develop suggestions for how food environments might better be able to facilitate the consumption of nutritious foods. Another aim is to understand how current national policy related to the food provisioning environment (as reflected in elements of the national Childhood Obesity Plan) is experienced at the local level. We are conducting a series of ethnographic case studies around the England, beginning with Great Yarmouth in July and August 2018. The case studies will employ a variety of participatory methods, including photo-elicitation and ‘shop-along’ interviews.

How much marketing for foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt are children exposed to? (2018-20)

This project aims to provide a child’s-eye view of exposure to marketing for foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. We are using automatic, wearable cameras to record how much marketing secondary-school-aged children see throughout the day. We are starting with a feasibility study in Southwark, London, in autumn 2018.

Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS)

This project (2017-2021) is part of the Wellcome Trust funded Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) research consortium. It aims to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary research evidence to define policies that can deliver nutritious, healthy foods in a sustainable and equitable manner. The focus countries are India, South Africa and the UK. Working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, The Food Foundation, University College London and other partners, we lead the Policy workstream, with the objective of identifying innovative policy opportunities throughout the food system. This involves: Mapping existing food policies in the focus countries; Conducting ‘tracer studies’ of specific items to understand how the food system currently works and what policies could be transformative; Identifying citizen-based innovations that could be scaled up and out to advance sustainability and health. For more information, contact project lead Dr Laura Pereira.

Trust in food systems

Initiated in 2015, this project is being conducted in partnership with Flinders University, Australia, with the objective of exploring trust and communication around the UK ‘horsegate’ scandal. It investigates how the media and policy advocates communicate the nature of food system risk, and forms part of a larger project, funded by the Australian Research Council, examining the links between policy makers, the food industry and the media in reporting food scares and scandals. The work has led to a new project, Trust makers, breakers and brokers of the food system: do consumers agree?, which involves exploring the views of consumers  ̶  as major actors in the food system  ̶  on trust. This project is funded by a South Australian Government and Flinders University pump-priming grant. For more information, contact project lead Professor Martin Caraher. Publications from this project can be found here.

Our PhD research projects

Hannah Brinsden has done fieldwork on how policy advocacy works (and doesn’t work) in a diet and health context – seeing whether food policy change can and should pursue ‘evidence-based policy’.

Laurie Egger is looking at the impact of food assistance on food insecurity and nutrition in young children in the US and the UK. Her study aims to give a voice to deprived families who can help evaluate and inform policy.

Harvey Ells is looking at how different English street markets in the UK are reflected in wellbeing – whether markets’ role is the creation of retail-related social capital and what this means for policy.

Ceyhun Güngör is investigating Learning and Knowledge Transfer processes of non-competitive collaborative groups and their role in shaping food sustainability policy. This involves two national and international case studies.

Karl-Axel Lindgren has looked at the seminal 2013 Indian Food Security Act to see whether the interests of the urban poor featured in the formulation of the policy and its anticipated impact.

Amanda McCloat is working on policy issues related to the place and location of Home Economics in the secondary school curriculum in the Republic of Ireland. Her focus is on why and how Home Economics education and its role in the curriculum is established while in areas such as the UK it has lost its focus.

Natalie Neumann is assessing policy’s role in supporting farmers’ markets in the UK, asking: are they reaching all levels of society and creating equality in access to locally farmed and nutritious food?

Daphne Page is exploring the perceived link between urban agriculture and sustainability in municipal urban food strategies within the UK’s Sustainable Food Cities Network.

News and Events

What's new from the Centre

JUST PUBLISHED: the first in our series of Rethinking Food Policy briefs “Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy”

NEW REPORT PUBLISHED
Connecting food systems for co-benefits: How can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?

New report out by the Centre for Food Policy looking at the food systems sweet spot - food systems that deliver healthy diets, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity for all.

2018 City Food Symposium Report Published
On April 25 2018, the Centre for Food Policy hosted the seventh annual City Food Symposium, entitled Connecting People with Food Policy. The symposium report shares the lessons learned about why and how gathering and translating evidence of lived experience could make a difference to developing effective policy – and the challenges of doing so. It ends with a set of principles that emerged about engaging with lived experience in research, advocacy and policy which we invite others to reflect on and consider.
Read the full report.
Read the summary document capturing the benefits and challenges of engaging with lived experience and our principles for doing so.

Centre for Food Policy events

Upcoming events

Here you can find information about forthcoming Centre, Food Research Collaboration and IFSTAL events, as well as events we are organising in partnership with others, or events we are contributing to.

May Food Thinkers - Food: the missing ingredient for social change

Food is now a major driver for many of our greatest global challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, conflict, and human malnutrition. It represents and reflects the collective failures of our time and closely tracks global and local inequities. Yet food is also emotive, tangible, and for many of us — a thing of love. It connects us across social, political, and geographic divides. In a seemingly inward-looking and fear-fuelled world, could food be the missing ingredient to positive social change?

Q&A and discussion will then be opened to the audience.

This event has now been postponed until later in the year. Further details on this and future Food Thinkers events will be posted here in due course.


City Food Symposium 2019: How to develop and deliver a national food policy: a global perspective

The objective of this symposium is to equip participants with information and perspectives that can help inform the development and delivery of a national food policy

The event is now fully booked, but you can find out more and join the waiting list here

This event is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Cooks.


City Region Food Systems: What, Why, How?

This Food Thinkers event will discuss the "City Region Food Systems" approach to  moving the global food system towards greater sustainability and equity.

27 March 2019
London, UK


IFSTAL Workshop 4: Intervention for food systems change

Open to IFSTAL students from participating institutions

16 March 2019
London, UK


IFSTAL Workshop 3: Application of food systems methods

Open to IFSTAL students from the participating institutions

16 February 2019
London, UK


January Food Thinkers: Bittersweet Brexit - where are we heading with our food and farming?

With Charlie Clutterbuck

With Brexit events moving so quickly, this talk will be a moving feast. The context is that UK food and farming could change more now and more quickly than in the last 70 years. Brexit is a moment of food system restructuring.

Charlie’s talk will focus on the role of human labour in farm and food provision, asking: (1) Why did it barely feature in UK politics of food when it is so central to how the food system actually works? (2) What does this say about UK food policy debate? (3) Was the silence about food labour part of what delivered the 2016 Brexit referendum vote? (4) What are the food labour issues which now need to be addressed, whatever happens in Brexit politics? (5) How can we make labour more central to our understanding of the transition to a sustainable food system?

Q&A and discussion will then be opened to the audience.

This event is free to attend, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please register to secure your place.

23 January 2019
London, UK 


IFSTAL Workshop 2: Investigation of food systems thinking

Open to IFSTAL students from the participating institutions.

19 January 2019
London, UK


IFSTAL 2018 Public Lecture

This year's lecture will be given by Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury's Brand at Sainsbury's.

6 December 2018
SOAS, University of London, Brunei Gallery, UK

Archived Food Thinkers seminars

Our Food Thinkers seminar series features speakers concerned with the possibilities and challenges of integrated food policy. Here you can find recordings and presentations, where available, of previous seminars.


March Food Thinkers: City Region Food Systems: What, Why, How?

With Michael Hamm

This Food Thinkers event discussed the "City Region Food Systems" approach to moving the global food system towards greater sustainability and equity. Climate change, water stress, population growth, and continued urbanization are the challenges that threaten to negatively impact global food security.

In this presentation, Professor Hamm sought to shine a light on the opportunities of thinking more regionally about our food system, within a global context. That is, to consider strategies that maximize the sustainable production of food on our plates within a region, while also sourcing foods outside the region that are produced with a similar set of embedded characteristics. In the London area (and across England) this would mean a significant increase in fruit and vegetable production throughout the year. Can this be done in a way that reduces the carbon footprint of the food supply? Can this be done in a way that reduces other environmental impacts of the food system – such as phosphorus and nitrogen cycles?

View the recording of the seminar: March Food Thinkers here

27 March 2019
London, UK 


February Food Thinkers: A Sustainable Future for Food, Health and Planet?

With Dr Sandro Demaio (CEO of EAT), Prof Corinna Hawkes (Director, Centre for Food Policy & EAT-Lancet Commissioner, Prof Tim Lang (Centre for Food Policy, EAT-Lancet Commissioner), Baroness Rosie Boycott (journalist & food campaigner) and Helen Browning (Chief Executive, Soil Association & FFC Commissioner). Chair: Sue Pritchard (Director of the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission).

Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?

To answer this question, EAT gathered 37 of the planet’s foremost experts who, for the first time ever, propose scientific targets for what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system – as published in the EAT-Lancet ‘Food in the Anthropocene’ report.

We co-hosted our February Food Thinkers with the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission to convene EAT-Lancet Commissioners, RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commissioners and public health experts to discuss and debate the findings of the report and the actions required for systemic change.

20 February 2019
London, UK 


January Food Thinkers: Bittersweet Brexit - where are we heading with our food and farming?

With Charlie Clutterbuck

With Brexit events moving so quickly, this talk will be a moving feast. The context is that UK food and farming could change more now and more quickly than in the last 70 years. Brexit is a moment of food system restructuring.

Charlie’s talk will focus on the role of human labour in farm and food provision, asking: (1) Why did it barely feature in UK politics of food when it is so central to how the food system actually works? (2) What does this say about UK food policy debate? (3) Was the silence about food labour part of what delivered the 2016 Brexit referendum vote? (4) What are the food labour issues which now need to be addressed, whatever happens in Brexit politics? (5) How can we make labour more central to our understanding of the transition to a sustainable food system?

Q&A and discussion will then be opened to the audience.

This event is free to attend, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please register to secure your place.

23 January 2019
London, UK 


Food Thinkers Christmas Special

Our 2018 Food Thinkers Christmas Special this year launched the 2018 Global Nutrition Report.

We were delighted to welcome guests speakers:
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development
Dr Jessica Fanzo, Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
Dr Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation
Gwen Hines, Executive Director for Global Programmes at Save the Children

View the recording of the seminar: Food Thinkers Christmas Special 2018


Food Thinkers October 2018: Can public health solve obesity, hunger and malnutrition by focusing on the lived experience of food and eating?

With guest speaker Professor Wendy Wills; a sociologist, nutritionist and Professor of Food and Public Health at the University of Hertfordshire, where she is the Director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care.

This talk considered the extent to which a focus on the ‘lived experience’ of food and eating could bring about change in public health. Wendy proposed types of framework that can incorporate lived experience and envisaged ‘who needs to do what’ if contemporary tales of obesity, hunger or malnutrition can truly be used beyond driving media headlines.

View the recording of the seminar: Can public health solve obesity, hunger and malnutrition by focusing on the lived experience of food and eating?


Food Thinkers September 2018: Preference - the missing ingredient in food policy.

With guest speaker Bee Wilson; food journalist and author.

This seminar explored the role of preference in food policy, considered a few examples of whole populations changing their food preferences in a healthier direction, encouraged by food policy and highlighted the work of a new charity called Flavour School which is using the Sapere method of sensory education pioneered in Scandinavia to help children in the UK develop new and more varied preferences for fruits and vegetables among other foods.

View the recording of the seminar: Preference  - the missing ingredient in food policy

Food Thinkers June 2018: Research gaps that need to be filled to generate more nutrition promoting public-private action

For our June Food Thinkers we welcomed Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN) and World Food Prize Winner 2018.

This presentation explored potential areas where more and better public-private engagements can advance nutrition, asking what is holding back these engagements and what research can do to inform and facilitate them and make them more likely to deliver.

View the recording of the seminar: Research gaps that need to be filled to generate more nutrition promoting public-private action.

Download Lawrence Haddad's seminar presentation.


Food Thinkers March 2018: Trust is a must - food policy in an age of doubt.

John Coveney, Professor of Global Food, Culture and Health at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, discussing consumer trust in food and food systems.

View the recording of the seminar: Trust is a must: food policy in an age of doubt


Food Thinkers December 2017 - A Christmas Special Panel Debate: What will get people cooking again? The role of public policy.

With guest panelists:
Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board
Professor Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy
Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics, St. Angela's College, Sligo
Catherine Maxwell, Founder & Director, The Any Body Can Cook Community Interest Company
Marjon Willers, Specialist Dietician for Schools and Early Years, Islington Health and Wellbeing Team

Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy View the recording of the debate: What will get people cooking again? The role of public policy.

View the recording of the debate: What will get people cooking again? The role of public policy.


Food Thinkers November 2017: Addressing hunger in America - cheap food or food with values?

Andy Fisher, leading US expert on community food security and author of Big Hunger,  discussed the politics of this hunger industrial complex, and provided three examples of programs that seek to modify federal nutrition programs to promote a more integrated vision of food sovereignty, health, and sustainability.

Listen to the recording of the seminar: Addressing hunger in America - cheap food or food with values?


Food Thinkers September 2017: Addressing the global burden of obesity and undernutrition through integrated systems thinking and policy coherence.

Professor Boyd Swinburn and Dr Anne Marie Thow explored frameworks that can facilitate a more integrated approach to addressing the problem of the co-existence of obesity and undernutrition in the world today.

View Professor Swinburn's presentation slides.

View Dr Thow's presentation slides.

View the recording of the seminar: Addressing the global burden of obesity and undernutrition through integrated systems thinking and policy coherence.


Food Thinkers June 2017: The intersectoral approach to food and nutrition security in Brazil - how it was built and where we stand today.

Renato Maluf, Professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, shared his experience of building a National Plan for Food and Nutrition Security in Brazil.

View the recording of the seminar: The intersectoral approach to food and nutrition security in Brazil - how it was built and where we stand today.


View previous Food Thinkers and Food Bites on our YouTube channel.

Archived City Food Symposia

City Food Symposium 2018: Connecting people with food policy

The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium explored how gathering evidence of lived experiences of food challenges - how citizens and communities experience, explain and respond to them - can inform more effective, equitable and empowering policy solutions.

Participants, including guests from government, NGOs, research, business and those in civil society discussed why evidence of experiences is important in crafting effective policy solutions to problems disproportionately affecting marginalised populations, such as food insecurity; obesity, diet-related ill health and malnutrition; food related environmental degradation; and precarious work.

The morning sessions included short presentations by experts concerned with different aspects of food – from obesity to food insecurity, the informal food economy to farming - about how these inclusive approaches can make food policy and food systems more effective and equitable.  We learnt from experiences in the UK and internationally, from countries rich and poor.

  • The afternoon workshops featured the process of gathering and translating evidence of lived experience from:
  • the public (with a focus on developing a national food policy for the UK post-Brexit)
  • marginalised groups (with a focus on how to effectively address food poverty, malnutrition, obesity and diet-related diseases, nationally and internationally)
  • the food system workforce (with a focus on creating more inclusive food economies for farmers and labour on the land, nationally and internationally).

The output of the symposium will be a report bringing together a shared understanding of the value of gathering evidence of lived experiences and how this evidence can be most effectively translated into transformative action.

See the full programme here.

Download Professor Corinna Hawkes scene setting presentation. (If you would like to copy and/or redistribute these sides please contact foodpolicy@city.ac.uk for permission.)

A selection of the video contributions from the Symposium are available on our Youtube Channel

This event was generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Cooks.


City Food Symposium 2016

The Centre for Food Policy held its sixth City Food Symposium on 12th December 2016 which considered how to develop, design and deliver food policies more effectively in the 21stcentury and in the wake of Brexit.

The programme of events


City Food Symposium 2015

The Centre for Food Policy held its fifth City Food Symposium on 14th December 2015 focusing on the food and agricultural implications of the UK potentially leaving the EU.


City Food Symposium 2014

The Centre for Food Policy held its fourth City Food Symposium on 15 December 2014 focusing on Sustainable Diets, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Cooks.


City Food Symposium 2012

The Centre for Food Policy held its third City Food Symposium on 12 December 2012 focusing on the state of food policy in local practice, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Cooks.


City Summer Food Symposium: Ecological Public Health (June 2012)

This mini-symposium discussed whether ecological public health - which proposes that human and eco-systems health are co-dependent - needs to be the central policy framework. The event was chaired by Dr Fiona Sim and incorporated presentations from Dr Caroline Lucas, Dr John Middleton, Dr David Pencheon, and Dr Geof Rayner.

Publications

Centre for Food Policy publications

Here you can find publications, resources and presentations from the Centre for Food Policy.

Centre for Food Policy publications

Presentations by Centre for Food Policy staff

Professor Corinna Hawkes on food policy

Why food poverty persists

Professor Martin Caraher’s 2017 TEDx talk on how, even in developed cities, thousands of people experience food insecurity.

You can view Food Thinkers seminars and Food Bites on our YouTube channel.

Books, book chapters and journal articles by Centre for Food Policy staff

Please visit our academics’ individual profiles to see their full list of publications or a chronological list of all publications can be found below.

The Centre for Food Policy blog: Dispatches

Our blog, ‘Dispatches’ shares what we learn from listening to the world of food policy.Read the latest blog posts and subscribe.

Food Research Collaboration Briefing Papers

The Food Research Collaboration works with academics across disciplines and CSOs across sectors, in an interlinked production model to produce state-of-the-art briefing papers to improve UK food policy.

You can access all FRC briefing papers here

City Research Online (CRO) publications

Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X and Hughes, N. (2019). Tackling salt consumption outside the home. BMJ, 364, l1087. doi: 10.1136/bmj.l1087

Willett, W., Rockström, J., Loken, B., Springmann, M., Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344, Vermeulen, S., Garnett, T., Tilman, D., DeClerck, F., Wood, A., Jonell, M., Clark, M., Gordon, L. J., Fanzo, J., Hawkes, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5091-878X, Zurayk, R., Rivera, J. A., De Vries, W., Majele Sibanda, L., Afshin, A., Chaudhary, A., Herrero, M., Agustina, R., Branca, F., Lartey, A., Fan, S., Crona, B., Fox, E., Bignet, V., Troell, M., Lindahl, T., Singh, S., Cornell, S. E., Srinath Reddy, K., Narain, S., Nishtar, S. and Murray, C. J. L. (2019). Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet, 393(10170), pp. 447-492. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31788-4

Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X and Davison, R. (2019). The normalisation of Food Aid: What happened to feeding people well?. Emerald Open Research, 1(3), doi: 10.12688/emeraldopenres.12842.1

Lavelle, F., Benson, T., Hollywood, L., Surgenor, D., McCloat, A., Mooney, E., Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X and Dean, M. (2019). Modern Transference of Domestic Cooking Skills. Nutrients, 11(4), 870.. doi: 10.3390/nu11040870

McCloat, A. and Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X (2018). The evolution of Home Economics as a subject in Irish primary and post-primary education from the 1800s to the twenty-first century. Irish Educational Studies, doi: 10.1080/03323315.2018.1552605

Marris, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-9366-5567 and Calvert, J. (2018). Science and Technology Studies in Policy: the UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap. Science, Technology, and Human Values, doi: 10.1177/0162243919828107

Daly, A., Pollard, C. M., Kerr, D. A., Binns, C. W., Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X and Phillips, M. (2018). Using Cross-Sectional Data to Identify and Quantify the Relative Importance of Factors Associated with and Leading to Food Insecurity. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(12), p. 2620. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122620

Booth, S., Begley, A., Mackintosh, B., Kerr, D. A., Jancey, J., Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X, Whelan, J. and Pollard, C. M. (2018). Gratitude, resignation and the desire for dignity: lived experience of food charity recipients and their recommendations for improvement, Perth, Western Australia. Public Health Nutrition, doi: 10.1017/S1368980018001428

Pollard, C. M., Mackintosh, B., Campbell, C., Kerr, D., Begley, A., Jancey, J., Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X, Berg, J. and Booth, S. (2018). Charitable Food Systems' Capacity to Address Food Insecurity: An Australian Capital City Audit.. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(6), 1249.. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15061249

Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344 and McKee, M. (2018). Brexit poses serious threats to the availability and affordability of food in the United Kingdom. Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy073

Marris, C. (2018). Genomic technologies in the bioeconomy: Introduction. In: Gibbon, S., Prainsack, B., Hilgartner, S. and Lamoreaux, J. (Eds.), Genomic technologies in the bioeconomy: Introduction. . UK: Routledge.

Mattioni, D. and Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X (2018). Moving towards ecologically sustainable diets: Lessons from an Italian box delivery scheme. International Journal of Consumer Studies, doi: 10.1111/ijcs.12437

Morgan, E. H., Hawkes, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5091-878X, Dangour, A. D. and Lock, K. (2018). Analyzing food value chains for nutrition goals. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, doi: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1434106

Baker, P., Hawkes, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5091-878X, Wingrove, K., Demaio, A., Parkhurst, J., Thow, A. M. and Walls, H. (2018). What drives political commitment for nutrition? A review and framework synthesis to inform the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition. BMJ Global Health, 3(1), e000485. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000485

Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344, Lewis, T., Marsden, T. and Millstone, E. (2018). Feeding Britain: Food Security after Brexit. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.

Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344, Millstone, E., Lewis, T. and MacFarlane, G. (2018). Why Local Authorities should prepare Food Brexit Plans. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.

McFarlane, G., Lewis, T. and Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344 (2018). Food, Brexit and Northern Ireland: Critical Issues. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.

Millstone, E. and Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344 (2018). Hormone-treated beef: Should Britain accept it after Brexit?. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.

Millstone, E. and Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344 (2018). Weakening UK food law enforcement: a risky tactic in Brexit. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.

Mozaffarian, D., Angell, S. Y., Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344 and Rivera, J. A. (2018). Role of government policy in nutrition-barriers to and opportunities for healthier eating. BMJ, 361, k2426. doi: 10.1136/bmj.k2426

Parsons, K. and Hawkes, C. (2018). Connecting food systems for co-benefits: how can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?. Copenhagen: World Health Organisation.

Wells, R. and Caraher, M. (2017). From Food Advertising to Digital Engagements: Future Challenges for Public Health. In: LeBesco, K. and Naccarato, P. (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture. (pp. 245-259). London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781474296243

Hawkes, C. and Watson, F. (2017). Incentives and disincentives for reducing sugar in manufactured foods: An exploratory supply chain analysis. World Health Organisation.

Lang, T. and Mason, P. (2017). Sustainable diet policy development: implications of multi-criteria and other approaches, 2008-2017. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, doi: 10.1017/S0029665117004074

Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X, Jakšic, D., Dolciami, F., Stigliani, A. and Wynne-Jones, R. (2017). Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in the Working Population: The FOOD Program. MOJ Public Health, 6(00181.), doi: 10.15406/mojph.2017.06.00181