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.

Lecturer in Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology

Amy Bogaard’s research interests are in Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology, looking at early farming practices and land use in Europe and western Asia, archaeobotany and palaeodiets.

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Mike Bonsall is a population biologist and has research interests across range of disciplines including biodiversity, ecology, evolution, health and economics.

DPhil student

Lottie Chapman DPhil student working in the Department of Plant Sciences on reducing post harvest waste.

University Lecturer in Plant Sciences & Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College

Peter’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of the rhizosphere.

Professor of Chemistry

Ben Davis got his B.A. (1993) and D.Phil. (1996) from the University of Oxford. During this time he learnt the beauty of carbohydrate chemistry under the supervision of Professor George Fleet.

Sherardian Professor of Botany, Head of Department

Liam Dolan’s research interests are in cellular development and evolution in land plants, using specialized rooting cells and root hairs as models.

University Lecturer in Mathematics & Fellow of Corpus Christi College

Andrew’s research interests cover a wide range of applications of mathematical modelling in the applied sciences, including geophysics, biology and industrial problems, and using analytical, asymptotic and numerical methods of analysis to obtain useful results.

Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences

Nick Harberd’s research group investigates the ways in which environment changes plant biology over a wide range of timescales.

Professor of Ecology

Andy is a community ecologist interested in the relationship between biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems.

University Research Lecturer & Fellow, St Hugh’s College

Jeya's research interests lie in the study of strepsiptera, parasites that mostly live in other insects, such as bees, wasps, grasshoppers, leafhoppers and planthoppers.

Systems Biology Research Fellow & Browne Research Fellow, The Queen's College

Steve Kelly's research is focussed on addressing this knowledge gap employing innovative high-throughput experimental and computational strategies.

Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Tonya Lander's lab uses cutting edge tracking technology to study the impact of land-use type and land-use change on pollinator behaviour and pollination service provision.

Professor of Plant Sciences & Senior Research Fellow, The Queen’s College

Jane Langdale’s research interests are in the evolution of plant development and photosynthetic development.

Senior Researcher in Energy Modelling

Russell is interested in the energy and carbon implications of farming.

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.

Programme Manager and Researcher

Kelly is the Programme Manager for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, which links together existing research on the food system at Oxford and supports new interdisciplinary research that addresses the challenges of feeding the global

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 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.

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.