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.

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.

Former Programme Co-ordinator, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Hannah was responsible for coordinating the research and administrative activities of the Future of Food Programme.

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.

Permanent Lecturer in Sociology, University of St. Gallen

Tanja was Research Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) & Research Fellow at Green Templeton College 2013-2016. She is now based in the Institute of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at the University St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Tanja's research focuses on marketing and advertising practices.

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).

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.

Professor of Plant Sciences & Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College

Andrew Smith’s research is focused on the investigation of the molecular basis of plant adaptations to drought, salinity and metals.

Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer, Somerville College

Charles' research looks at the role of attention in multisensory perception, including sensory perception of food.

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Population Health

Marco is interested in policy analysis and questions related to sustainability.

Emeritus Professor of Physiology

Prof. John Stein FRCP, FMedSci studies the link between impaired visuomotor control and nutrition, in particular omega 3 fish oils.

Oxford Martin Fellow, Restatements Researcher

Dr Andrea Stephens is working on the Restatements project within the Future of Food programme, reviewing the evidence base underlying areas of current policy concern. She is interested in how science can be used to inform policy and management decisions.

Senior Research Leader

David's research integrates political economy and public health.

Reader in Plant Biochemistry

Lee’s research aims to increase our understanding of regulation of flux through plant metabolic networks and to exploit this knowledge for engineering increased yield and quality of crops and for increased production of useful metabolic end-products.

Research Scientist, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Jonathan's research focuses on the role of nutrition on cognitive health.

Professor of Ecology and Fellow of New College

Jeremy’s research focuses on understanding the factors that determine change in species’ abundance, distributions and specializations.

Director, MSc Environmental Change & Management & Senior Research Fellow

Tom’s research interests are in the sustainability and local management of indigenous food systems.

Associate Professor & Tutorial Fellow, Queen’s College

Lindsay’s research interests focus on how and why plant species differ from one another and what the consequences are for ecosystems.

Professor of Human Ecology & Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity

Stanley's research interests centre on the biocultural ecology of human populations past and present, and nutritional anthropology.