Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

People » Andrea Stephens

Oxford Martin Fellow, Restatements Researcher

Dr Andrea Stephens is working on the Restatements project within the Future of Food programme, reviewing the evidence base underlying areas of current policy concern. She is interested in how science can be used to inform policy and management decisions.

Her PhD was completed in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in 2012.

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People » Ben Caldecott

Programme Director, Stranded Assets Programme, and Research Fellow

Ben Caldecott directs the Stranded Assets Programme, which works to understand the risks that result in stranded assets, where environmentally unsustainable assets suffer from unanticipated or premature write-offs.

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People » Charles Michel

"Chef-in-residence"

Charles is a Franco-Colombian professional chef graduated from ‘Institut Paul Bocuse’ cookery school in Lyon, France in 2006. After a classical training in kitchens in France and Italy, including two years at the three Michelin-starred restaurant “Dal Pescatore”, his work as a cook took a turn in a collaborative research with professor Charles Spence, applying insights from sensory and psychological science to culinary creations.

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People » Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer, Somerville College

Charles' research looks at the role of attention in multisensory perception, including sensory perception of food.

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People » George Leeson

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.

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People » Jamie Lorimer

Associate Professor in Human Geography

Jamie's research interests encompass cultural geography, the geographies of science, the politics of Nature and wildlife conservation. His work explores inherently geographical questions that conjoin the social and the environmental sciences. He employs qualitative, visual, ethnographic and historical methods. He has conducted extensive periods of fieldwork in the UK, Sri Lanka and most recently the Netherlands.

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People » Javier Lezaun

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.

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People » Jim Hall

Director, Environmental Change Institute. Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk (School of Geography and the Environment)

Professor Jim Hall FREng is Director of the Environmental Change Institute

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People » Kenneth Howse

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.

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People » Lesley Paterson

Senior Facilitator and Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research

Dr Lesley Paterson is Senior Facilitator & Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research, in Research Services at the University of Oxford. She is the senior advisor for

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