Oxford Food Research Network

Our network of food researchers spans a large number of departments and institutes at Oxford University. Since our definition of the food system is broad, so is the range of research interests covered by our network.

We are aware that we have not yet contacted everyone at the University with an interest in food research. If you are a researcher at Oxford, and would like to be involved in this food research network, please get in touch.

Researchers with the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership logo are supervisors on this training programme.

Associate Professor in Operations Management, Said Business School

Steve New is Associate Professor in Operations Management at Saïd Business School and Fellow of Hertford College. His areas of expertise include supply chain management and process improvement.

MRC Career Development Award Research Fellow

Simon’s research focuses on understanding how nutrient transporters in the human body function at a molecular level.

Royal Society Research Professor in climate Physics and Professorial Fellow, Jesus College & Co-Director, Programme on Modelling and Predicting Climate Change

Tim Palmer’s research interests lie in the predictability and dynamics of weather and climate.

Knowledge and Communications Officer; Future of Food Programme Coordinator

Michael is responsible for coordinating the communications and administrative activities of the Future of Food Programme.

Senior Facilitator and Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research

Dr Lesley Paterson is Senior Facilitator & Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research, in Research Services at the University of Oxford. 

Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Sanne Peters is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford Martin School.

Halley Professors of Physics

 

University Lecturer in Ornithology & Senior Biology Tutor St. Catherine’s College

Tom Pizzari studies sexual behaviour and its evolutionary implications, using the chicken as a model species.

Professor of Plant Microbiology

Phil’s research focusses on interactions between plant roots and microbes in the rhizosphere. He has a particular interest in symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Departmental Lecturer; Life Science Interface DTC Programme Director & Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Programme Director

Gail’s research focuses on the plant disease-causing bacteria belonging to the genus Pseudomonas.

Professor of Evolution & Infectious Disease

Oliver researches the epidemiology and evolution of infectious diseases, and is currently investigating influenza A viruses in poultry and swine.

Professor of Population Health and Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention
 
Visiting Senior Research Scientist, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Alex Richardson’s research focuses on how nutrition can affect behaviour, learning and mood.

University Lecturer in Anthropology and Development

Laura Rival’s research interests include issues in Amerindian conceptualizations of nature and society, historical ecology, the impact of national development policies on indigenous peoples, learning and knowledge acquisition, and Latin American identity politics.

Professor of Ecology & Curator of the Hope Entomological Collections

David’s research interests lie in insect population ecology and the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, in particular the African trypanosomiases, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and bluetongue.

Research Fellow

Max Roser is an economist interested in long-term trends, living standards and inequality.

Associate Professor, University Research Lecturer and Non-Communicable Disease Modelling and Environmental Sustainability Programme Leader, Programme Lead for Environmental Sustainability, CPNP

Pete's research focusses are population approached to improve nutrition and the relationship between public health and environmental sustainability. His nutrition research focuses on influences of food choice, including food price, food labelling, marketing of foods and food accessibility.

Reader in Systematic Botany

Robert has research activities in monographing Ipomoea, the genus which includes sweet potato, and specifically identifying Crop Wild Relatives of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Nathalie Seddon studies the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change.

University Lecturer in Infectious Diseases & Fellow of St Catherine’s College

Adrian Smith’s research focuses on understanding the basis of immunity to infection, including the study of immune mechanisms that operate in birds and mammals.

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