Our research explores food system activities from production to consumption, and food system relationships with food security and the environment.
We work collaboratively with other universities, industry partners and policymakers on research, teaching, and knowledge exchange, building alliances and sharing outputs across the food system. Our teaching programme provides a supportive learning environment for students to develop their skills and expertise, and enhance their employability in food sector-related roles.
Food systems – producing, processing, packaging and distributing food – are about how much food people can afford, whether it’s available to them, whether it’s safe, and how nutritious it is. Thinking about the food system as a whole helps to identify where the most effective interventions can be made, and how such interventions would affect the food industry, food security and the environment.
IFSTAL – food systems training
The Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme helps students from different disciplines and backgrounds gain skills and connections that can support food system transformation. Many IFSTAL alumni have gone on to work in food-related careers around the world.
Enhancing the resilience of London's food system
Embedding food resilience in agendas such as climate, planning and health as well as addressing the overlap between income and food access could help London's complex and fragile food system better meet the needs of its growing population.
Understanding the food system
This project combines the latest food system understanding with foresight capability to provide policy and practice guidance on food system resilience.