Charles Godfray

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

Professor of Population Biology and Director of the Martin School

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.

Charles is Director of the Martin School, where he also directs the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Outside the University he is Chair of Defra’s (the UK’s environment and agriculture department) Science Advisory Council, and a Trustee Director of Rothamsted Research and a trustee of the Food Foundation. He sits on the Balzan (science) and Heineken (environmental science) Prize committees. Other committees include the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (fellowships), Science Advisory Council of the Natural History Museum, Strategic Advisory Board, Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services science programme, and the Initiation Strategic Advisory Group of RCUK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.