Charles Godfray

Department of Zoology
South Parks Rd

Hope Professor & Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

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 21st century, 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.  He is also a member of the writing team for the UN’s Committee on World Food Security, High Level Panel of Experts report on Climate Change and Food Security.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Godfray HCJ, Blacquie`re T, Field LM, Hails RS, Petrokofsky G, Potts SG, Raine NE, Vanbergen AJ, McLean AR. 2014 A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators. Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20140558

H. Charles J. Godfray and Tara Garnett (2014) Food security and sustainable intensification, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 5 April 2014 vol. 369 no. 1639 20120273 [doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0273]

H. Charles J. Godfray, Christl A. Donnelly, Rowland R. Kao, David W. Macdonald, Robbie A. McDonald, Gillian Petrokofsky, James L. N. Wood, Rosie Woodroffe, Douglas B. Young and Angela R. McLean (2013) A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain Proceedings of the Royal Society B vol. 280 no. 1768 [doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1634]

Garnett T, Appleby M C, Balmford A, Bateman I J, Benton T G, Bloomer P, Burlingame B, Dawkins M, Dolan L, Fraser D, Herrero M, Hoffman I, Smith P, Thornton P K, Toulmin C, Vermeulen S J and Godfray H C J (2013). Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: Premises and Policies, Science, 34, 6141, 33-34.

Garnett T and Godfray C (2012). Sustainable intensification in agriculture. Navigating a course through competing food system priorities, Food Climate Research Network and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford, UK

Godfray, H.C.J.,  Beddington, J.R., Crute, I.R., Haddad, L., Lawrence, D., Muir, J.F., Pretty, J., Robinson, S., Thomas, S.M. & Toulmin, C. 2010.  Food Security: the challenge of feeding 9 billion people.  Science 327, 812-818 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1185383].

Godfray, H.C.J., Crute, I.R., Haddad, L., Lawrence, D., Muir, J.F., Nisbett, N., Pretty, J., Robinson, S., Toulmin, C. & Whiteley, R. 2010.  The future of the global food system.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B  365, 2769-2778 [DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0180].

Foresight, 2011.  The Future of Food and Farming.  Government Office of Science, London (

Godfray, H.C.J. 2011.  Food & biodiversity.  Science 333, 1231-1232   DOI: 10.1126/science.1211815   

Godfray, H.C.J. 2011. Food for thought.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 108, 19845-19846   DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1118568109