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Two key appointments in Centre for Food Policy

Dr Corinna Hawkes and Dr Claire Marris to join City in January 2016

by Ed Grover

Two new appointmentCorinna Hawkes - Professor of Food Policys have been made in the Centre for Food Policy at City University London.

Dr Corinna Hawkes (right), former Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, has been appointed Professor of Food Policy.

Dr Claire Marris (below right), Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London’s Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, has been appointed Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Food Policy).

Both academics will take up their posts on 1st January, 2016.

Dr Hawkes is currently Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and policy advisor to international agencies and food systems initiatives. She has held posts at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, the World Health Organization in Geneva and New York University. Corinna specialises in food policy and food systems analysis as it relates to diet, nutrition and public health. A long term Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, she has a PhD in Geography from King’s College London.

Food policy research and education at City is going from strength to strength - Professor Andrew Jones

Dr Marris has most recently Claire Marrisspecialised in researching the social dimensions of synthetic biology and is currently deputy leader of her department’s Research Group on Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Public Policy. She has a tenured post at INRA, the French national research institute, from which she is in unpaid secondment. She has a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the Open University and moved into the Sociology of Science after a MSc at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.

Welcoming these two appointments, Professor Chris Greer, Head of the Department of Sociology, said: “We are delighted to welcome Corinna and Claire to City. They will bring rich skills and experience to us and further strengthen our unique Centre for Food Policy.”

Professor Tim Lang, of the Centre for Food Policy, said: “In the 21 years that the Centre for Food Policy has been in existence, it has carved out a niche as a home for long-term thinking, critical policy analysis and a unique postgraduate food policy educational programme. The appointment of Corinna Hawkes and Claire Marris is further evidence that the policy dimension of the food system crisis attracts serious minds, who also see the value of the centre’s role in research and teaching. They and we know there is much work to do!”

Professor Andrew Jones, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, added the appointments were a sign of the ongoing development of the centre.

He said: “Food policy research and education at City is going from strength to strength and the School of Arts and Social Sciences is firmly committed to supporting this area of world-leading excellence. The centre is renowned for being home to some most prominent experts in the country in this critical field of study, and these appointments are fantastic additions to the team. I would like to offer a warm welcome to both Dr Hawkes and Dr Marris, and look forward to working alongside them when they join us in January.”

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