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 School of Geography and the Environment

Food Research

The ECI has an internationally-recognised track record in food systems research, with special emphasis on the interactions with environmental change. Key strengths include using a food systems lens to research food security issues, and developing research partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including business, policy, development agencies, NGOs and academia at large.

Food Systems

John IngramECI’s Food Systems Research and Training aims to enhance the efficiency of food systems to improve food security while minimising environmental impacts.
Led by John Ingram.


Joost VervoortClimate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security is a ten-year research initiative launched in 2011 by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and 'Future Earth').

The ECI delivers the Scenarios Component, led by Joost Vervoort.


Tara GarnettThe Food Climate Research Network combines integrative research into food systems and climate change mitigation, with a strong drive to foster change through knowledge sharing, dissemination and project seeding across disciplines and sectors. Running since 2005 and having recently moved to the ECI, it is currently funded by CCAFS and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

FCRN is led by Tara Garnett.


Food report: Appetite for change: Social, economic and environmental transformations in China's food system.Garnett, T. and Wilkes, A. (2014) Appetite for change: Social, economic and environmental transformations in China's food system. Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford

Have you ever considered eating cockroaches for dinner? Food Systems Programme Manager, Anita Ghosh, writes for the Royal Society after last week's Policy Lab event.

Herrero, M., Thornton, P.K., Bernues, A., Baltenweck, I., Vervoort, J., et al. (2014) Exploring future changes in smallholder farming systems by linking socio-economic scenarios with regional and household models. Global Environmental Change.

Ingram, J.S.I. et al (2013) Priority research questions for the UK food system. Food Security, 5: 617-636.

Lang, T. and Ingram, J.S.I. (2013) 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. The British Academy/OUP.

Ingram, J. (2013) What are priority research questions for the UK food system? Global Food Security Blog.

Garnett, T. (2013) Three perspectives on sustainable food security: efficiency, demand restraint, food system transformation. What role for LCA? Journal of Cleaner Production.

Vermeulen, S.J. et al. (2013) Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(21): 8357-8362.

Planet EarthJohn Ingram has written the editorial to a special issue of Planet Earth (Natural Environment Research Council) on food systems.

Network Affiliations

Future of Food

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is an interdisciplinary programme of research and policy engagement concerning all aspects of the food system, based at the University of Oxford.

Planet EarthThis briefing is about how different futures might affect food security and environmental change in East Africa. ECI Insights for Policy 1 (2013).

Doctoral Students

Franziska Gaupp: 'Global risks to food supplies of correlated droughts'