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People Professor Sir Charles Godfray

Director, Oxford Martin School

Professor of Population Biology in the Department of Zoology

Charles Godfray is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology.

He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21stcentury, and in particular in the concept of sustainable intensification, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

He chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming and is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of the UK Global Food Security Programme and the Steering Group of the UK Government Green Food Project. Charles is currently chairing a review of the government's 25- year bovine TB strategy. He is also a member of the writing team for the UN’s Committee on World Food Security, and High Level Panel of Experts report on Climate Change and Food Security.  

His research interests include the global food system, population and community ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Sir Charles took up the post of Director of the Oxford Martin School on 1st February 2018.  

Oxford Martin School

Oxford Martin School

Biodiversity Institute

Biodiversity Institute

Principal Investigator, food systems

Selected Publications

Oct 2018
Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits
Jul 2018
Meat consumption, health, and the environment
Sep 2017
Oxford Martin Restatement 5: A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning the health effects of low-level ionizing radiation
Nov 2016
Mitigation potential and global health impacts from emissions pricing of food commodities
Apr 2016
Plant-based diets could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions
Mar 2016
Global and regional health effects of future food production under climate change: a modelling study
Dec 2015
Science and Technology Select Committee Report on Genetically Modified Insects
Oct 2015
Oxford Martin Restatement 3: A restatement of recent advances in the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators
May 2014
Is the planet full?
May 2014
Oxford Martin Restatement 2: A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators
Feb 2014
Food security and sustainable intensification
Aug 2013
Oxford Martin Restatement 1: A restatement of the natural science base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain
Jan 2013
100 fundamental ecological questions
Jan 2013
Food printing Oxford: How to feed a City
Jul 2012
Sustainable intensification in agriculture
Sep 2011
Food and biodiversity
Aug 2011
Spermless males and malaria transmission
Dec 2008
Stochastic spread of Wolbachia
Aug 2008
The population genetics of using homing endonuclease genes (HEGs) in vector & pest management

Media Coverage

Jul 2018
Rising global meat consumption 'will devastate environment'
Jun 2018
The Future Of Food
Jan 2017
You & Yours
Dec 2016
Wildlife and environment groups call for neonicotinoid pesticides ban to be retained and extended
Mar 2016
More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet – report
Mar 2016
Will biggest danger from global warming be the change in diets?
Oct 2015
Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees
Jul 2014
Increased use of controversial pesticides linked directly to decline of bird species, scientists show
May 2014
Scientists issue statement on the science for neonicotinoids and pollinator deaths
May 2014
The Future of Our Food
Apr 2014
Radio: 5 Live Drive
Mar 2014
The vine that's divine for so many insects
Aug 2013
Radio: 5 Live
Jul 2013
Bovine TB: Defra in 25-year bid to rid England of TB
Jul 2013
How to beat bovine TB? Put badgers on the Pill.
Jul 2013
Inside Science
Nov 2012
Badgers: dodging the bullet?
Sep 2012
The population bomb
Sep 2012
Increasing demand and urbanisation challenge global food systems
Jun 2012
World’s scientists demand action on population, consumption
Jun 2012
Call for action on population and consumption
Jun 2012
Scientists urge Rio moves on population and consumption
Mar 2012
The way we produce food is unsustainable
Oct 2011
What do 7 billion people mean for our global future?
Sep 2011
The limits of wildlife-friendly farming
Aug 2011
New research to help combat malaria
Aug 2011
Research findings help fight malaria (article in German)
Aug 2011
Creating a secure global food supply
Aug 2011
Expert panel appointed to examine bovine TB
Jun 2011
Priorities for new UN food agency leader
May 2011
Are we on the brink of a new global food crisis?
Jan 2011
Food inflation is only going to get worse in future, warn scientists
Jan 2011
Global food system must be transformed 'on industrial revolution scale