Director of the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Programme on the Future of Food
Charles is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. His research interests include the global food system, population and community ecology, and evolutionary biology. 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 Office of Science’s Foresight project on the Future of Food and Farming and from 2005 to 2021 was chair of Defra’s (the U.K.’s farming and environment ministry) Science Advisory Council.