City receives £499,000 award to investigate the double burden of malnutrition in South Africa
The Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, receives £499,000 award from the UKRI GCRF to investigate the double burden of malnutrition in...
The Centre for Food Policy is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to improving food policy worldwide.
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
We have much to learn by engaging with others in the world of food policy and beyond.
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Professor Corinna Hawkes
Martin 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 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 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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Tim 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 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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Kimberley Neve is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Food Policy and a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. 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 low-income areas.
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 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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Rebecca is a Lecturer in Food Policy in the Centre for Food Policy. A former BBC radio producer and food journalist, Rebecca's research focuses on the interaction between food policy and the media. Her PhD took as a case study UK Department of Health recommendations on red and processed meat consumption and cancer 1993-2011, looking at the ways policies were developed and policy interaction with UK print media. Following completion of her PhD, Rebecca worked as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow on the Food Systems teaching programme IFSTAL (Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning) and as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the EU funded research project QUEST (Quality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology Communication), exploring science journalism as part of a wider programme looking at science communication across Europe. Her research interests include food policy, food in the media, food systems, food systems teaching and learning, food poverty, food banks, food security and science communication.
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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.
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
Rosalind 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.
Siobhan is one of the Centre for Food Policy’s Coordinator supporting a wide range of functions including centre communications and events, office organisation and 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.
Elaine is one of the Centre for Food Policy’s Coordinators, supporting a wide range of activities including Centre events and communications, as well as office coordination. She has over ten years’ experience working in Higher Education, having worked at Birkbeck, University of London in a variety of event management, student and academic support roles.
Elaine also has a PhD in English Literature, and continues to present and publish papers on contemporary life-writing. She is currently providing maternity cover for Siobhan Carpenter.
Adrian is the Project Manager of the Kids Will Eat Better (KWEB) research project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is examining inequality in childhood obesity in London. He is responsible for project managing all aspects of this collaborative project led by the Centre for Food Policy working with researchers at Durham University, University College London & the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is responsible for coordinating all project elements and communicating with research partners and local stakeholders in order to deliver a high-quality study within the project timeline and resources. Adrian has extensive experience of managing projects in the health sector whilst working in the NHS, international consultancy, NGOs and UK charities.
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’.
Jessica Brock is looking at what difference co-designing and co-creating actions with young people makes to the development and delivery of policy and actions, to create an urban environment that enables healthier food choices.
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.
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?See Natalie Neumann's full profile
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Further details of our next courses coming soon.
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;
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.
City students can self-enroll free of charge by searching for IFSTAL on Moodle.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Who is making Food Policy (ongoing)
The objective of this project is to identify who makes food policy across government to stimulate questions about how decision-making could be improved to take a more coherent approach to policy-making across the food system. The project is a collaboration between the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) and the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems project (SHEFS). Three short Briefs have been published for the SHEFs countries – England, South Africa and India – with more in the pipeline. Each brief identifies the key government departments that make policy affecting the food system, and briefly describes the main policies, with a thematic focus on the SHEFS priority of policies for sustainable, healthy and equitable food systems. This project is being undertaken in partnership with SHEFS. The project leads are Gavin Wren and Prof Corinna Hawkes.
Tracking food policy responses to COVID-19 (Mar -Jul 2020)
This project tracked national-level COVID response policies that affected the food system in England in the first 90 days of the pandemic in the departments identified in the Who is Making food Policy series. This project tracked the policy measures introduced by these departments during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic and present it as a visualisation. The results for England and South Africa will shortly be accompanied by India. The Food Research Collaboration’s COVID response work is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The FRC COVID Policy Tracking work is led by Dr Rosalind Sharpe.
Food System Transformation: Beyond The Political Economy Of The Protein Transition (2020-2021)
The objective of this project is to address the problem of food system transformation from a political economy perspective globally. Transforming the role of meat in the global food system is a wicked problem because of the combination of environmental, health, and economic dimensions involved. This challenge is complicated further by the presence of equity issues at the centre of this nutrition-health-environment nexus. This project assesses the place of the Protein Transition (PT) debate within the broader discussion on the need for managing trade-offs in decision-making to transform toward a more sustainable future and to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda. For this, we will “debunk” the current barriers, contested ‘realities’, and policy ‘lock-ins’ that affect this PT debate and that could (potentially) impede the identification of consensual solutions. This project is being undertaken in partnership with CIAT (The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture), Wageningen University, is funded by the CGIAR PIM (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, Policies, Institutions and Markets - led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Work at the Centre for Food Policy is being led by Dr Laura Pereira.
Informing Brazilian food policy through estimating trends in greenhouse gas emissions from Brazilian foods using Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source (GGDOT) (2017 to present)
This project looks at quantifying the greenhouse gases associated with Brazilian diets to influence future food trends. The proposal brings together experts on food nutrition and greenhouse gases in Brazil with experts in data science, consumer behaviour and food emissions from the UK to deploy the GGDOT (Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source Toolkit) on Brazilian dietary datasets. The overall goal of this proposal is to help the Ministry of Health of Brazil to fulfil its goal of making one of its core policies, dietary recommendations, aligned with both healthy and sustainability. Our partners are NUPENS/University of Sao Paulo, University of Manchester, Brunel University London and The University of Sheffield. It is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and is led by Dr Christian Reynolds.
Identifying ‘No Regrets Actions’ for Healthier Diets from Food Systems (Jan 2020 – Oct 2020)
This study is identifying the core food systems policies that every policymaker should take to re-orient their food systems towards improved diets and nutrition. This project, relevant for countries around the world, involves drawing up a list of hundreds of recommended policies and actions from existing reports on food systems. The goal is to identify around ten as No Regrets actions. The process involves interviews with practitioners, civil servants, humanitarian workers and other stakeholders with direct experience working in food systems and nutrition. Their expertise will help establish what is considered plausible, feasible and will have the most impact. The goal is to present policymakers with a clear and action-oriented list of the essential food systems actions they should prioritise to improve the diets and nutrition of their population. We are working in partnership with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Johns Hopkins University and have been funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The project is led by Prof Corinna Hawkes and Stephanie Walton.
Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) (2018–2021)
The Centre for Food Policy is leading on the policy component of the SHEFS project with the objective of identifying how policy can enable both sustainability and health in food systems in South Africa, India and the UK. It involves engagement and co-creation of solutions with policy-makers to address food system challenges, through formats like Transformation labs. This project is being conducted in partnership with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, University of Aberdeen, the Food Foundation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Centre for Chronic Disease Control, The Royal Veterinary College, the School of Oriental and African Studies and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and at the Centre for Food Policy led by Prof Corinna Hawkes.
Piloting Zooniverse for Food, Health and Sustainability Citizen Science (2019 – 2020)
This project is testing citizen science methods for food and sustainability research in the UK. It co-develops a publicly facing citizen science pilot using the Zooniverse citizen science web platform; comparing Zooniverse to traditional survey methods. In the pilot we are seeing if citizen science can be used to help us gauge citizens of food information including perceptions of carbon footprints, risk, waste, and animal welfare. The policy goal is to provide information to researchers and policy makers on the use of citizen science methods for food and sustainability research with the goal of ultimately supporting policy makers to identify more effective policies to reshape the food system. Our partners are: the UK Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), Agricultural Development Advisory Service (ADAS), The University of Sheffield; Leeds Beckett University; Queen Mary, University of London; Newcastle University; Brunel University London, University of Leeds , University of Portsmouth, University of Oxford, Zooniverse and The Open University. The project is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is led by Dr Christian Reynolds.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (SFTC) Food Network+ Extension (2020-2023)
This is an interdisciplinary community working to provide a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food. The network harnesses the STFC capabilities in (a) data science, (b) technology and (c) facilities for better understanding and addressing food challenges via themes of (i) Sustainable production, (ii) Resilient supply chains and (iii) Improved Nutrition and Consumer Behaviours. The goal of the network is to support policy makers and the food industry through the application of STFC physics technology to agri-food issues. The network achieves this through funding pilot projects where STFC research and technology is applied to solve agri-food problems. These pilots are then scaled through additional research and partnerships to reshape the food system. It is led at City, University of London by Dr Christian Reynolds.
Re-Creating an Advocacy Network for Food and Farmers’ Markets in Colombia (2020-2021)
This project oversees the development of a collaborative network of farmers’ markets in four regions of Colombia. The aims of the project are to: 1) Promote a space for the exchange of experiences, fostering a network of collaboration of Colombian farmers’ markets through two virtual meetings, one between local actors including farmers’ representatives and local policymakers, and the other with international allies. 2) Explore the importance of campesino agriculture in the coronavirus pandemic, through co-created content such as podcasts that highlight community initiatives, expert voices and national and international experiences. The goal is to make processes and benefits of farmers markets visible to government, and to use collaboration to gain access to the policy space. The project has been funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (QR-GCRF) and is led by the Dejusticia research organisation in Colombia and at City by Dr Rebecca Wells.
Experiences of infant feeding transitions (Jul 2020 - Oct 2021)
A qualitative, longitudinal study exploring how parents transition from feeding their infants milk, to solid foods. The study is engaging parents with babies currently aged 4-6 months from high, middle and low-income groups from across England, in in-depth interviews and photo-elicitation activities. Participants will be re-interviewed again when their infants are 10-12 months and 16-18 months. The study, which is being conducted virtually due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions is exploring the complex range of factors that influence caregivers across the socioeconomic spectrum when deciding what food and drink to purchase for their infant children. The goal is to generate evidence that will enable us to identify policies that can create the necessary conditions to support healthy infant feeding practices.It is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) as part of the Obesity Policy Research Unit. The project is led by Dr Anna Isaacs.
Food in lockdown and beyond (Sept 2020 - Jan 2021)
A qualitative, longitudinal study exploring families’ changing experiences of food and the food environment in light of COVID-19 in England. The study involves engaging 60-80 families from across the socioeconomic spectrum in three case study sites (the London Borough of Brent, Bradford District and Folkestone and Hythe District) in a series of in-depth interviews and creative participatory methods. The study, which is being conducted virtually due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, is exploring the ways in which families’ experiences of, engagement with, and feelings about food and food environments have changed since the onset of COVID-19. The goal of the project is to determine if and how existing public health policies aiming to prevent and reduce childhood obesity could be adapted or augmented in light of any changes. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR) as part of the Obesity Policy Research Unit. The project’s lead is Dr Anna Isaacs.
How children experience food environments in their daily lives: a global project with UNICEF (2020)
This project is supporting UNICEF regional and country offices to put together a picture of daily life of how children interact with food environments in their countries. The focus is on capturing, illustrating and communicating how food systems influence the diets of children in the context of their lived realities, such as their assets and resources, the cultural aspects of food and social norms. The study is launching in the Philippines, and will expand to include other countries of the world. The intended outcome is that UNICEF, government and nutrition stakeholders are more informed about the role food environments play in influencing children’s diets, and more ready to implement the needed combination of actions to enable food systems to deliver better diets for children. It is led by Prof Corinna Hawkes.
How does the food environment influence people engaged in weight management? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature (Mar 2020 – Jan 2021)
A systematic review of the influences of the food environment on people in high-income countries engaged in weight loss or weight maintenance. The objective is to understand the various elements of food environments that make it easier or harder for people who are trying to lose weight or manage weight loss and identify policy opportunities that can help this group of people be more successful. It is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) a part of the Obesity Policy Research Unit, and is led by Kimberley Neve.
The Kids Will Eat Better (KWEB) Study (Sept 2020 – Jun 2023)
The study is investigating how diet-related policy interventions are being experienced by lower-income children and households in London in order to identify how these policies and interventions could be added to or adapted to have impact on inequalities on obesity. We are using both quantitative (household surveys and participant physical measurements) and qualitative (go-along interviews and group model building exercises) approaches to gain insights and ultimately make recommendations to local authorities on how their policies and interventions can be adapted in order to be more effective. We are working closely with stakeholders in London to inform the focus of this study and ensure the study is relevant to users. We are partnering with University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Durham University. We are also working closely with community members in study communities to inform and guide the study, as well as with local authorities. This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is overseen at the Centre for Food Policy by Dr Mark Spires.
The Nourished Child Project (Apr 2020 – Feb 2022)
The aim of this study is to define and communicate what a systems approach to improving the quality of diets among children under 5 and women of childbearing age would look like in urban settings to address the double burden of malnutrition in the Western Cape, South Africa. To achieve this aim we are using multiple, primarily participatory methods to seek to:
Methods to this end include policy and intervention scans, community member in-depth interviews and surveys, virtual transect walks, food environment mapping, and stakeholder group model building exercises. We are working closely with the Western Cape and City of Cape Town governments to inform existing policy efforts, primarily the province’s Nourish to Flourish framework. Our goal here is to improve coherence between existing actions by taking a systems approach to understanding their individual and collective impacts from a lived experience perspective. We are partnering with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, academics at Stellenbosch University and the Southern African Food Lab, UNICEF , and a number of local government offices. This study is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and overseen at the Centre for Food Policy by Dr Mark Spires.
Peas Please People’s Engagement Assessment (Dec 2019 - Jun 2023)
As part of their ‘Peas Please’ initiative, the Food Foundation are engaging with people across the UK to learn how to more effectively increase vegetable access and consumption, as well as encourage people to advocate for actions to this end themselves. In addition to directly advising on these people’s engagement activities, the Centre for Food Policy’s involvement includes the documentation of this unique approach, as well as the assessment of its ability to reach its intended objectives. This assessment is being conducted using a mixed methods approach including direct observation, participant surveys, focus group discussions, and photo elicitation workshops. As part of this approach, we are exploring and documenting experienced barriers to vegetable consumption and assisting with communicating these effectively to policy makers and private sector actors. Our intention is that as a result of sharing findings from this assessment, alongside outcomes from other ‘peoples’ engagement activities’, we will be able to make specific public and private sector policy recommendations on how to improve existing policies and actions, ultimately increasing vegetable access and consumption. In addition to partnering with the Food Foundation on this assessment, the Centre for Food Policy is working directly with a range of non-governmental organisations across the four nations of the UK. This assessment is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and overseen at the Centre for Food Policy by Dr Mark Spires.
Cape Town Metropolitan Food Governance Research Study (Sept 2019 – Dec 2020)
The goal of this study is to, as a case study, systematically explore and document Cape Town’s food policy initiatives designed to improve food access, diet, and the health of its constituents to date. Through in-depth interviews with key City officials, we aim to:
By understanding how current policies have been shaped and implemented, and what has historically aided and hindered these efforts, we hope to inform how future policy actions are shaped and implemented by the City of Cape Town. This study is being conducted in partnership locally with the University of the Western Cape and the Centre for Excellence in Food Security. This study is funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) block grant and is led at the Centre for Food Policy by Dr Mark Spires.
An Analysis of the Role of Healthy Start Vouchers in Early Nutrition (2014-2020)
This is a primarily qualitative study located in Leicester and London, England. The Healthy Start scheme has seen a continuous decline in uptake despite renewed interest and stated government support. For this project 50 parents of young children and 15 health providers and managers were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the scheme, their food practices and challenges to eating healthfully, and their perceptions of the government’s role in promoting better nutrition. An understanding of the perceptions of the underlying nature of the problem of poor nutrition in low income families, compared to the actual experiences of those families, guide improvements to policy that go beyond operational considerations to question fundamental assumptions and guide policy design. This project is led by PhD candidate Laurie Egger.
Co-creating Healthier Food Environments with London’s Children (Sept 2019 – Sept 2022)
PhD candidate Jess Brock is currently working on three research projects for her PhD, which focuses on obesity policy in London:
This research aims to give insight into the difference that engaging young people in the co-creation of policies and actions can make to how knowledge is produced and translated within policy. This Doctoral Studentship is funded by the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London; Jess is leading on all three projects.
Urban Food Governance and Equity (Oct 2016-Dec 2020)
This PhD research is exploring how the governance of farmers’ markets in London, England, is linked to urban food strategies in London, and how equality in access is considered in their governance. The research involved a geographical analysis of the location of farmers’ markets in London in relation to the Index of Multiple Deprivation, an analysis of policy documents, as well as interviews with policy stakeholders, organisers of farmers’ markets, farmers and other relevant stakeholders. Ultimately, this study aims to contribute to the evidence base on how urban food policy can achieve more sustainable, healthy and equitable food systems. The project is funded by City, University of London and is led by Natalie Neumann.
Read the report of the 2019 City Food Symposium: How to develop and deliver a national food policy: a global perspective.
Read our response to the EFRA Committee COVID-19 and Food Supply Inquiry.
Read our sixth Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Public sector global food governance’.
Our fifth Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Policy coherence in food systems’ is now available to read.
Read our fourth Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Embedding food in all policies’.
Read our third Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Integrated Food Policy: What is it, and how can it help transform food systems?’.
Read our second Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Understanding the food system: Why it matters for 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.
Here you can find information about forthcoming Centre and Food Research Collaboration events, as well as events we are organising in partnership with others, or events we are contributing to.
15 July 2020, 17:15 - 18:45
With Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation
The complex interplay between obesity and food systems has been exacerbated by a narrative in which words and images misrepresent the drivers of obesity and fault those living with obesity for what is in reality a complex chronic disease shaped in part in response to the obesogenic environment. The role of lived experience has been overlooked in supporting policies, and the differences across geographies have been poorly understood. This session will look at narratives of obesity and propose a better, more accurate story that places people at the centre, using words and images that are translatable across cultures and languages, framed around an inter-related set of approaches rather than single, siloed solutions. This approach requires alignment across sectors, with common language on the environmental, social, and commercial determinants of obesity. As obesity has been shown to be an independent risk factor for COVID-19 complications, and as concerns grow about the impact of COVID and extended lockdowns on unhealthy weight, the right framing is of critical importance as a part of “building back better.”
***DUE TO CONCERNS OVER THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***
City, University of London
In the midst of a climate emergency, and with poor diets established as the world’s leading cause of ill-health, the need for effective and equitable public policy to transform food systems for health and sustainability has never been greater. At the same time, the voices of youth demanding change are getting louder. How can these voices be heard and included to drive the policy changes needed?
The 2020 City Food Symposium will bring together examples of youth engagement and youth-led initiatives in the UK and internationally that are aiming to make a difference – and which have already made a difference. It will feature a series of short talks from youth-led initiatives focused on health and sustainability, and workshops from young people and other experts on how to engage and collaborate with young advocates, exploring the challenges and opportunities this presents. It will also ask the question: how can young people engaged on either sustainability or health come together? In a new format for the City Food Symposium, the afternoon session will be followed by an evening keynote and panel debate on whether and how harnessing the power of youth can make a difference. Networking opportunities during lunch and prior to the evening session will provide a space for participants to engage with each other.
The 2020 City Food Symposium is an opportunity to find out more about engaging youth in policy, advocacy and research to effect meaningful change to food systems. All are welcome.
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.
Considering the relationship between food, precarity and poverty in public health
With Dr Claire Thompson, University of Hertfordshire
The notion of precarity is increasingly relevant to health. For public health and food policy, this can be framed as precarity around the social determinants of health leading to particular subjectivities and materialities of poverty and deprivation. In which case, the lived experiences of dietary health inequalities, including food poverty, the use of food banks, and interactions with obesogenic food environments, can be understood as symptomatic of this precarity.
The coronavirus pandemic has amplified precarity around the social determinants of health for vulnerable groups. The economic shock resulting from measures to contain the spread of the virus has created further vulnerability and precarity among people from a gradient of socioeconomic groups that are now struggling to cope. This is very much apparent in the difficulty experienced by people from a range of backgrounds, but most especially those on low incomes, in feeding themselves and their families in a consistent, socially acceptable, and healthy way during the lockdown.
16 June 2020
Delivering an emergency food service to people in London during the COVID-19 pandemic
With Kemi Akinola,Brixton People’s Kitchen and Be Enriched
Kemi Akinola spoke about Be Enriched and Brixton People's Kitchen. The two organisations have joined forces due to COVID-19 to deliver an emergency food service across two boroughs for people not clearly able to access the national service.
She discussed how the need for the service and people accessing it have been changing and continue to change, how COVID-19 advice and regulations affect certain groups more than others as well as the knock on effects not immediately seen. She shared information about a mobile greengrocer created as a response to observations of the lack of availability of fresh fruit and vegetables in certain areas of Wandsworth, and how recent work on the COVID-19 emergency project is influencing how this venture is going to be delivered.
28 May 2020
Women in the food business: redesigning food companies for sustainable nutrition and better livelihoods
With Barbara Bray MBE, Alo Solutions Ltd
Food industry consultant Barbara Bray presented a vision for food businesses for the future, a future where businesses prioritise sustainable nutrition, environmental eating and transparent supply chains. She gave examples of companies who already have a focus on sustainable nutrition and of the work she now does supporting companies to take a healthier, more sustainable way.
Given the significant stress the current food system is now under as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Barbara also described what impact the on-going situation could have on our food supply and how businesses may adapt.
7 May 2020
February 2020 Food Thinkers: Once Brexit is done, what happens to food? An international trade law perspective.
With Professor Fiona Smith, University of Leeds
The UK is scheduled to depart from the EU on January 31 2020. 11 days later, at the February Food Thinkers event, Professor Fiona Smith talked about the immediate and longer-term implications on trade law and how this will impact on the availability and cost of different types of food in the UK. An expert in Brexit and Trade, Professor Smith used her background in international trade law to give us a better understanding of some of the implications that the Brexit deal and subsequent negotiations will have upon what food is available, and for whom, in a post-Brexit UK.
11 February 2020
January 2020 Food thinkers: Looking under the radar: Why understanding food supply chains is so vital for redesigning the food system.
With Lisa Jack
Food supply chains are a core component of modern food systems. While on the surface such chains involve a straightforward process of getting food from farm to fork, these chains deeply embed practices involved in day-to-day transactions which operate under the radar. Understanding these practices – which operate in food supply chains around the world - is vital because their impact is to fix food systems into patterns that are very difficult to change. They thus have major implications for our ability to transform food systems. Most of these deeply embedded, day-to-day practices are legal and go unquestioned, such as discounts and commercial income. Just occasionally, they stray over the line into fraud, and then come to light. Underneath all of them is the attitude that retailers and consumers want prices that come from hard trading - but the service and quality that come from long term relationships.
In this talk, Professor Jack will examine some of these practices and attitudes, and ask what it would take to fundamentally transform a food system. She will show that the answer lies in questioning a peculiar feature of the industry maintained by these practices: on the one side, very narrow margins for profit and error; on the other, very wide margins for waste, shelf-life and choice, reflecting where power and inequality lie in the system. To achieve a fair and sustainable system providing affordable and nutritious food for all, Professor Jack will argue that we need to think about systems that re-balance marginal thinking and transform the system from the middle outwards.
22 January 2020
June Food Thinkers: What does viewing food as a system and resilience mean for the practice of coherent policy making?
24 June 2019
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
27 March 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 previous Food Thinkers and Food Bites on our YouTube channel.
The 2019 City Food Policy Symposium - How to develop and deliver a national food policy: a global perspective
30 April 2019
The 2019 City Food Policy Symposium explored what lessons have been learned about the development and delivery of national food policies and the benefits and pitfalls of taking an inclusive and integrated approach. See the full programme.
In the morning session, participants heard from speakers around the world on global efforts to develop and deliver integrated approaches to food policy at a national and city level.
Listen to Dr Kelly Parsons’ presentation, ‘How ready is England for a national food policy?’, delivered at the 2019 City Food Symposium.”
In this video, Olivier de Schutter outlines his hopes for a Common Food Policy for the EU:
In the following video Anna-Karin Quetel sets out the key concepts behind the National Food Strategy for Sweden, implemented in 2017:
Watch Cecilia Rocha talk about the pioneering Food and Nutrition Security Policy introduced in Brazil’s city of Belo Horizonte in 1993:
Biraj Patnaik talks about India’s National Food Security Act (also known as the Right to Food Act), which was written into Indian law in 2013:
In smaller workshop groups in the afternoon, participants worked together to devise strategies and tactics for taking an inclusive approach to moving forward.
The day concluded with a panel discussion between experts from across the world of food to discuss the question of developing and delivering a national food policy here in England.
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 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.
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.
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.
Here you can find publications, resources and presentations from the Centre for Food Policy.
Our second Rethinking Food Policy Brief ‘Understanding the food system: Why it matters for food policy’ is now available to read.
Read the first in our series of Rethinking Food Policy briefs Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy
Read about our history in Centre for Food Policy 1994-2016: teaching, researching and influencing policy
Read the report of the 2018 City Food Symposium: How can evidence of lived experience make food policy more effective and equitable in addressing major food system challenges?
Read the summary document of the 2018 City Food Symposium:Why engage with evidence of lived experience as a means of addressing major food systems challenges?
Read the report from the Centre for Food Policy looking at the food systems sweet spot: Connecting food systems for co-benefits: How can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?
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.
Please visit our academics’ individual profiles to see their full list of publications or a chronological list of all publications can be found below.
Our blog, ‘Dispatches’ shares what we learn from listening to the world of food policy.Read the latest blog posts and subscribe.
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.
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Ingram, J., Ajates Gonzalez, R., Arnall, A., Blake, L., Borrelli, R., Collier, R., de Frece, A., Häsler, B., Lang, T., Pope, H., Reed, K., Sykes, R., Wells, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0329-2120 and White, R. (2020). A future workforce of food-system analysts. Nature Food, 1(1), pp. 9-10. doi: 10.1038/s43016-019-0003-3
Akinola, R., Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Mabhaudhi, T., de Bruin, F-M. and Rusch, L. (2020). A Review of Indigenous Food Crops in Africa and the Implications for more Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems. Sustainability, 12(8), 3493.. doi: 10.3390/su12083493
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Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2016). Agricultural cooperatives: promoting or hindering fairer and more sustainable food systems? The case of Spain and the UK. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)
Balmer, A., Calvert, J., Marris, C., Molyneux-Hodgson, S., Frow, S., Kearnes, M., Bulpin, K., Schyfter, P., Mackenzie, A. and Martin, P. (2016). Five rules of thumb for post-ELSI interdisciplinary collaborations. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 3(1), pp. 73-80. doi: 10.1080/23299460.2016.1177867
Kraak, V., Vandevijvere, S., Sacks, G., Brinsden, H., Hawkes, C., Barquera, S., Lobstein, T. and Swinburn, S. (2016). Progress achieved in restricting the marketing of high-fat, sugary and salty food and beverage products to children. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 94(7), pp. 540-548. doi: 10.2471/BLT.15.158667
Lang, T. and Schoen, V. (2016). Horticulture in the UK: potential for meeting dietary guideline demands. UK: Food Research Collaboration.
McCloat, A. and Caraher, M. (2016). Home Economics as a food education intervention: lessons from the Irish secondary education context. Education and Health, 34(4), pp. 104-110.
Marris, C., Balmert, A., Calvert, J., Molyneux-Hodgson, S., Frow, E., Kearnes, M., Bulpin, K., Schyfter, P., Mackenzie, A. and Martin, P. (2015). Taking roles in interdisciplinary collaborations: Reflections on working in post-ELSI spaces in the UK synthetic biology community. Science and Technology Studies, 28(3),
Santos, S., Vilela, S., Padrão, P. and Caraher, M. (2015). Sex-related dietary changes of Portuguese university students after migration to London, UK. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72(4), pp. 340-346. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12154
Rayner, G. and Lang, T. (2015). What is the point of public health in the 21st century?. Public Health, 129(10), pp. 1309-1313. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.09.001
Wallinga, D., Rayner, G. and Lang, T. (2015). Antimicrobial resistance and biological governance: explanations for policy failure. Public Health, 129(10), pp. 1314-1325. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.08.012
Lang, T. and Rayner, G. (2015). Beyond the Golden Era of public health: charting a path from sanitarianism to ecological public health. Public Health, 129(10), pp. 1369-1382. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.07.042
Anand, S.S., Hawkes, C., de Souza, R., Mente, A., Dehghan, M., Nugent, R., Zulyniak, M.A., Weis, T., Bernstein, A.M., Krauss, R.M., Kromhout, D., Jenkins, D.J.A., Malik, V., Martinez-Gonzalez, M.A., Mozaffarian, D., Yusuf, S., Willett, W.C. and Popkin, B.M. (2015). Food Consumption and its Impact on Cardiovascular Disease: Importance of Solutions Focused on the Globalized Food System A Report From the Workshop Convened by the World Heart Federation. Journal of The American College of Cardiology, 66(14), pp. 1590-1614. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.07.050
Lawrence, M., Burlingame, B., Caraher, M., Holdsworth, M., Neff, R. and Timotijevic, L. (2015). Public health nutrition and sustainability. Public Health Nutrition, 18(13), pp. 2287-2292. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002402
Trieu, K., Neal, B., Hawkes, C., Dunford, E., Campbell, N. C., Rodriguez-Fernandez, R., Legetic, B., McLaren, L., Barberio, A. and Webster, J. (2015). Salt Reduction Initiatives around the World – A Systematic Review of Progress towards the Global Target. PloS One, 10(7), e0130247. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130247
Caraher, M. (2015). The European union food distribution programme for the most deprived persons of the community, 1987-2013: From agricultural policy to social inclusion policy?. Health Policy, 119(7), pp. 932-940. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.05.001
Hawkes, C. and Popkin, B. (2015). Can the sustainable development goals reduce the burden of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases without truly addressing major food system reforms?. BMC Medicine, 13(143), doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0383-7
Carey, R., Caraher, M., Lawrence, M. and Friel, S. (2015). Opportunities and challenges in developing a whole-of-government national food and nutrition policy: lessons from Australia's National Food Plan. Public Health Nutrition, 19(1), pp. 3-14. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015001834
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Karpouzoglou, T., Doshi, S. and Frantzeskaki, N. (2015). Organising a safe space for navigating social-ecological transformations to sustainability.. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), pp. 6027-6044. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120606027
Caraher, M. and Cowburn, G. (2015). Guest Commentary: Fat and other taxes, lessons for the implementation of preventive policies. Preventive Medicine, 77, pp. 204-206. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.05.006
Lang, T. (2015). Sustainable Diets: another hurdle or a better food future?,. Development, 57(2), pp. 240-256. doi: 10.1057/dev.2014.73
Caraher, M., Smith, J. and Machell, G. (2015). To co-op or not to co-op: a case study of food co-ops in England. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 47(2), pp. 6-19.
Hawkes, C. (2015). Diet, Chronic Disease And The Food System: Making The Links, Pushing For Change. Global Alliance for the Future of Food.
Hawkes, C. (2015). Enhancing Coherence between Trade Policy and Nutrition Action. United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition.
Marris, C. (2015). The construction of imaginaries of the public as a threat to synthetic biology. Science as Culture, 24(1), pp. 83-98. doi: 10.1080/09505431.2014.986320
Marris, C., Jefferson, C. and Lentzos, F. (2014). Negotiating the dynamics of uncomfortable knowledge: The case of dual use and synthetic biology. Biosocieties, 9(4), pp. 393-420. doi: 10.1057/biosoc.2014.32
Seed, B., Lang, T., Caraher, M. and Ostry, A. (2014). Exploring Public Health's roles and limitations in advancing food security in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 105(5), e324-e329. doi: 10.17269/cjph.105.4414
Wells, R. and Caraher, M. (2014). UK print media coverage of the food bank phenomenon: From food welfare to food charity?. British Food Journal, 116(9), pp. 1426-1445. doi: 10.1108/BFJ-03-2014-0123
Jefferson, C., Lentzos, F. and Marris, C. (2014). Synthetic biology and biosecurity: challenging the "myths". Frontiers in Public Health, 2(115), doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00115
Webster, J., Trieu, K., Dunford, E. and Hawkes, C. (2014). Target Salt 2025: A Global Overview of National Programs to Encourage the Food Industry to Reduce Salt in Foods. Nutrients, 6(8), pp. 3274-3287. doi: 10.3390/nu6083274
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Cuneo, C. N. and Twine, W. C. (2014). Food and cash: understanding the role of the retail sector in rural food security in South Africa. Food Security, 6(3), pp. 339-357. doi: 10.1007/s12571-014-0349-1
Ashton, J. R., Middleton, J. and Lang, T. (2014). Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on food poverty in the UK. LANCET, 383(9929), p. 1631. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60536-5
Gatley, A., Caraher, M. and Lang, T. (2014). A qualitative, cross cultural examination of attitudes and behaviour in relation to cooking habits in France and Britain. Appetite, 75, pp. 71-81. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.12.014
Caraher, M., Lloyd, S. and Madelin, T. (2014). The “School Foodshed”: schools and fast-food outlets in a London borough. British Food Journal, 116(3), pp. 472-493. doi: 10.1108/BFJ-02-2012-0042
Lang, T. and Ingram, J. (2014). Food Security Twists and Turns: Why Food Systems need Complex Governance. In: O'Riordan, T. and Lenton, T. (Eds.), Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future. (pp. 81-103). British Academy Scholarship. ISBN 9780197265536
Caraher, M. and Cavicchi, A. (2014). Old crises on new plates or old plates for a new crises? Food banks and food insecurity. British Food Journal, 116(9), doi: 10.1108/BFJ-08-2014-0285
Caraher, M. and Dowler, E. (2014). Food for Poorer People: Conventional and "Alternative" Transgressions. In: Goodman, M. and Sage, C. (Eds.), Food Transgressions: Making Sense of Contemporary Food Politics. (pp. 227-246). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754679707
Hawkes, C., Ahern, A. L. and Jebb, S. A. (2014). A stakeholder analysis of the perceived outcomes of developing and implementing England’s obesity strategy 2008–2011. BMC Public Health, 14(1), .441. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-441
Jefferson, C., Lentzos, F. and Marris, C. (2014). Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity: How scared should we be?. London, UK: King’s College London.
Kapetanaki, A. B., Brennan, D. R. and Caraher, M. (2014). Social marketing and healthy eating: findings from young people in Greece. International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 11(2), pp. 161-180. doi: 10.1007/s12208-013-0112-x
Lloyd-Williams, F., Bromley, H., Orton, L., Hawkes, C., Taylor-Robinson, D., O'Flaherty, M., McGill, R., Anwar, E., Hyseni, L., Moonan, M., Rayner, M. and Capewell, S. (2014). Smorgasbord or symphony? Assessing public health nutrition policies across 30 European countries using a novel framework. BMC Public Health, 14, 1195.. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1195
Panjwani, C. and Caraher, M. (2014). The Public Health Responsibility Deal: brokering a deal for public health, but on whose terms?. Health Policy, 114(2), pp. 163-173. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.11.002
Vilela, S., Santos, S., Padrão, P. and Caraher, M. (2014). Length of migration and eating habits of Portuguese university students living in London, United Kingdom. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53(4), pp. 419-435. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2013.834818
Wilson, A. M., Henderson, J., Coveney, J., Meyer, S., Webb, T., Calnan, M., Caraher, M., Lloyd, S., McCullum, D., Elliott, A. and Ward, P. (2014). Media actors' perceptions of their roles in reporting food incidents. BMC Public Health, 14(1), p. 1305. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1305
Hawkes, C., Jewell, J. and Allen, K. (2013). A food policy package for healthy diets and the prevention of obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases: the NOURISHING framework. Obesity Reviews, 14(S2), pp. 159-168. doi: 10.1111/obr.12098
Rivera-Ferre, M., Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Karpouzoglou, T., Nicholas, K., Onzere, S., Waterlander, W., Mahomoodally, F., Vrieling, A., Babalola, F., Ummenhofer, C., Dogra, A., de Conti, A., Baldermann, S., Evoh, C. and Bollmohr, S. (2013). A Vision for Transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives from Young Researchers. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), pp. 249-260. doi: 10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.031
Seed, B., Lang, T., Caraher, M. and Ostry, A. (2013). Integrating food security into public health and provincial government departments in British Columbia, Canada. Agriculture and Human Values, 30(3), pp. 457-470. doi: 10.1007/s10460-013-9426-x
Marris, C. and Jefferson, C. (2013). Workshop on ‘Synthetic biology: containment and release of engineered micro-organisms’ held on 29 April 2013 at King’s College London: Scoping Report. London, UK: King's College London.
Marris, C. and Jefferson, C. (2013). Workshop on ‘Synthetic biology: containment and release of engineered micro-organisms’ held on 29 April 2013 at King’s College London: Summary of Discussions. London, UK: King's College London.
Marris, C., Heams, T., Kepes, F., Campos, L., Monsan, P., Toussaint, J-F., Benoit-Browaeys, D., Haiech, J., Alix, J-P. and Fellous, M. (2013). Measuring an open and responsible culture discussion. Medecine Sciences, 29, pp. 23-25. doi: 10.1051/medsci/201329s205
Marris, C. (2013). Social sciences and synthetic biology: opportunities and constraints. Medecine Sciences, 29, pp. 61-68. doi: 10.1051/medsci/201329s216
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Owen-Smith, N. and Moleon, M. (2013). Facultative predation and scavenging by mammalian carnivores: seasonal, regional and intra-guild comparisons. Mammal review, 44(1), pp. 44-55. doi: 10.1111/mam.12005
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234 (2013). The Future of the Food System: Cases Involving the Private Sector in South Africa. Sustainability, 5(3), pp. 1234-1255. doi: 10.3390/su5031234
Cairns, G., Angus, K., Hastings, G. and Caraher, M. (2013). Systematic reviews of the evidence on the nature, extent and effects of food marketing to children. A retrospective summary. Appetite, 62, pp. 209-215. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.04.017
Lang, T. and Barling, D. (2013). Nutrition and sustainability: an emerging food policy discourse. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 72(1), pp. 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S002966511200290X
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234, Da Fontoura, Y. S. D. R. and Da Fontoura, C. F. V. T. (2013). Strategic CSR shifts towards adaptive food governance under environmental change: A comparison between South African and Brazilian retailers. Revista de Gestão Social e Ambiental, 7(1), pp. 101-113. doi: 10.24857/rgsa.v7i1.482
Caraher, M. (2013). Food habits and nutrition globalization and its implications in 'Culinary Arts and Sciences: global, local and national perspectives' . In: Rodrigues, S., Marques, H. and Dias, F. D. (Eds.), Culinary Arts and Sciences: global, local and national perspectives. (pp. 18-21). Association of Portuguese Nutritionists. ISBN 978-989-8631-08-4
Caraher, M. (2013). A global perspective: towards a healthy, fair and sustainable food system. Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, 20(3), pp. 9-12.
Caraher, M., Carey, R., McConell, K. and Lawrence, M. (2013). Food Policy Development in the Australian State of Victoria: A Case Study of the Food Alliance. International Planning Studies, 18(1), pp. 78-95. doi: 10.1080/13563475.2013.750939
Caraher, M., O'Keefe, E., Lloyd, S. and Madelin, T. (2013). The planning system and fast food outlets in London: lessons for health promotion practice. Revista Portuguesa de Saude Publica, 31(1), pp. 49-57. doi: 10.1016/j.rpsp.2013.01.001
Caraher, M., Wu, M., Seeley, A. and Lloyd, S. (2013). When chefs adopt a school? An evaluation of a cooking intervention in English primary schools. Appetite, 62, pp. 50-59. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.11.007
Verstraeten, R., Caraher, M., Raats, K., Penalvo, J. L., Gomes, F., Miller, R. and Matthys, C. (2013). Creative thinking as an innovative approach to tackle nutrition in times of economic crises. Paper presented at the The 20th International Congress of Nutrition, 15th - 20th September 2013, Granada, Spain.
Wilson, A. P. R., Coveney, J., Henderson, J., Meyer, S., Calnan, M., Caraher, M., Webb, T. E. F., Elliott, A. and Ward, P. (2013). Trust makers, breakers and brokers: building trust in the Australian food system. BMC Public Health, 13, p. 229. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-229
Lang, T. and Barling, D. (2012). Food security and food sustainability: reformulating the debate. The Geographical Journal, 178(4), pp. 313-326. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00480.x
Hawkes, C. and Webster, J. (2012). National approaches to monitoring population salt intake: a trade-off between accuracy and practicality?. PLoS One, 7(10), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046727
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. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5466
Marris, C. and Rose, N. (2012). Let’s get real on synthetic biology: The seeing watchmaker. New Scientist, 214(2868), pp. 28-29.
Bock, B. B. and Caraher, M. (2012). Integrating health, environment and society-introducing a new arena. In: Viljoen, A. M. and Wiskerke, J. S. C. (Eds.), Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice. (pp. 173-180). Wageningen Academic Pub. ISBN 9086861873
Caraher, M. and Machell, G. (2012). Defining food co-ops. In: Viljoen, A. M. and Wiskerke, J. S. C. (Eds.), Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice. (pp. 223-232). Wageningen Academic Pub. ISBN 9789086861873
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. (2012). Looking into the future, what do we see?. World Nutrition, 3(4), pp. 119-163.
Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234 and Ruysenaar, S. (2012). Moving from traditional government to new adaptive governance: the changing face of food security responses in South Africa. Food Security, 4(1), pp. 41-58. doi: 10.1007/s12571-012-0164-5
Machell, G. and Caraher, M. (2012). The role of municipal markets in urban food strategies: a case study. In: Viljoen, A. M. and Wiskerke, J. S. C. (Eds.), Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. (pp. 127-136). Wageningen Academic Pub. ISBN 9086861873
Alder, J., Barling, D., Dugan, P., Herren, H. R., Josupeit, H. and Lang, T. (2012). Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems. A UNEP Synthesis Report. UNEP.
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