New research explores food future

13 December 2012

© Julia Banfield

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has announced the launch of three interdisciplinary research projects resulting from the 2012 funding call.

New research will model how the food system interacts with health, development and the environment; examine emerging links between social media and food consumer behaviour; and study the impacts of environmental change and ageing farmer populations on food production in Vietnam.

The successful projects were chosen following a call for expressions of interest earlier in 2012 and an external review process. Each project fulfilled the criteria of having an excellent research question, requiring an interdisciplinary approach, and that they will build capacity in food system research at Oxford. They all are of significant relevance to current major national and international policy issues.

The projects are:

  1. Modelling the relationship between the food system and health, development and the environment; Dr Peter Scarborough, Department of Public Health. More
  2. Emerging forms of food consumer behaviour and food governance: the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in European food governance; Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, Department of Anthropology. More
  3. Implications for food production of adaptation to environmental change with an ageing agricultural sector: a case study of changing pest environments in Vietnam; Professor Sarah Harper, Institute of Population Ageing. More

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is funded by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. The Programme links together existing research on the food system at Oxford and supports new interdisciplinary research that addresses the challenges of feeding the global population sustainably, healthily and equitably.

The new projects will broaden the interdisciplinary nature of the School by involving academics from the Department of Public Health, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Zoology, the Department of International Development and the Saïd Business School. The project on food production, environmental change and ageing will involve collaboration with the Institute of Population Ageing, a member of the Oxford Martin School.

The projects will start in early 2013. Read more about the projects, and find regular updates on their progress on the Future of Food website.