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.

Senior Visiting Research Associate, ECI

Ariella Helfgott’s work spans conceptual and mathematical modelling of system resilience and adaptability, through to participatory approaches to building resilience and adaptive capacity on-the-ground.

Professor of Earth Sciences

Gideon is a geochemist researching climate change and the carbon cycle. His main research interests are in paleoclimate and ocean chemistry.

Professor of Environmental Economics

Cameron Hepburn is an economist with expertise in energy, resources and the environment.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College

Sarah's project, “Food for the gods: the role of belief in Greek myth and ritual”, looks at the evidence for conceptions of divine diet and why people worship them with offerings of food.

University Research Lecturer & BHF Intermediate Fellow in Basic Science

Leanne studies the hepatic processes in humans, looking at the accumulation of liver fat and diseases associated with this.

James Martin Senior Fellow

Kenneth Howse is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Editor of Ageing Horizons and Director of the PCAP Centre.

ECI Food Systems Programme Leader

John's role is to develop and lead food systems research within Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, with particular emphasis on the multiple two-way interactions between food security and environment.

Professor of Diet and Population Health, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Susan Jebb is a nutrition scientist whose research interests are focused on how what we eat affects the risk of gaining weight or becoming obese and the interventions that might be effective to help people lose weight or reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases.

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Fredrik Karpe's carries out genetic epidemiological research studying human metabolism to understand the complications of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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.

Professor of Epidemiology & Deputy Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit

Tim Key’s main research interests are the roles of diet and sex hormones in the aetiology of cancer, and the long-term health of vegetarians.

Emeritus Professor of Zoology

John Krebs is no longer carrying out original research. His interests lie in the relationship between science and policy, and has been particularly involved in policy related to the control of bovine tuberculosis.

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.

Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology

Dr. Leeson’s main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations, covering both demographic modelling of population development and the analysis of national and international data sets.

University Lecturer in Quantitative Biology Fellow & Tutor in Biological Sciences at Brasenose College

Owen is a community ecologist and conservation biologist.

James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance & Fellow of Kellogg College

Javier's work focuses on food governance systems, particularly those that incorporate novel technologies of genetic and nutritional modification.

Lecturer in Nutrition at King's College London & Associate Researcher in Sociology at Oxford University.

Rachel Loopstra’s research focuses on understanding social welfare policy as a determinant of population health and well-being.

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