The newly-announced project, "Modelling the Relationship between the Food System and Health, Development, and the Environment", funded through the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, is looking to recruit a post-doc to work on the project.

The closing date for applications is midday on 4 January 2013 and it is planned to hold interviews on 25 January 2013.


Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research into the Food System

Announcing the results of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food funding call 2012

Modelling how the food system interacts with health, development and the environment; examining emerging links between social media and food consumer behaviour; and studying the impacts of environmental change and ageing farmer populations on food production in Vietnam. These are the three interdisciplinary research projects being funded through the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.


The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food and Uncertainty: The Past, Present and Future of Food Security

The 2nd Annual Oxford Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2013, sent to:


A new article has been published in the journal Global Public Health by Michael Goran, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and Oxford researcher Stanley Uliaszek, professor of Anthropology and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity.

The research, which aimed to evaluate, from a global and ecological perspective, the relationships between availability of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and prevalence of type 2 diabetes, concluded that "these results suggest that countries with higher availability of HFCS have a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes independent of obesity."


The annual President's Event for LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, was held on November 14th in the HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf, London.

The theme of the event was "The changing faces of sustainability" and it was hosted LEAF President, Baroness Hazel Byford, DBE with keynote speaker, Professor Charles Godfray FRS.


An exciting opportunity for a young professional with advanced research and quantitative skills (PhD level preferred) and experience in conducting international research projects to be a core part of an innovative inter-disciplinary research project on land-use changes and land investments.



Laura Pereira, a PhD student at the School of Geography and the Environment, has just published her PhD thesis entitled, "Private sector adaptive capacity to climate change impacts in the food system: food security implications for South Africa and Brazil".

You can download her thesis from the GECAFS website here


Obesity in school-age children may be having a significant effect on the health of their hearts, an Oxford University study suggests.

The researchers show that obese children and adolescents have several risk factors for heart disease – including raised blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle – compared with normal weight children.


A new study by Dr Alex Richardson, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at Oxford University, has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools.


Organic farming is generally good for wildlife but does not necessarily have lower overall environmental impacts than conventional farming, a new analysis led by Dr Hanna Tuomisto, at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has shown.

The researchers analysed data from 71 studies published in peer-reviewed journals that compared organic and conventional farms in Europe.