Our four research themes aim to help us achieve our goals.
We aim to find solutions to manage the uncertainty of food security in the UK. Our work contributes to research helping governments manage food uncertainty. We bring together experts in the food system to build new forecasting methods. We think about the impacts of events such as nuclear accidents and terrorist attacks.
We examine the implications of food on our health. Our NHS spends £5.8 billion a year on diseases associated with poor diet. We are developing and evaluating interventions to help people make the healthy choice, the easy choice but also the cheap choice. We are also looking at ways to improve the food we grow here in the UK, including the first local varieties of haricot beans.
Food and drink lie at the heart of human culture. Eating and drinking are two of the most fundamental human activities. We bring together food- and drink-related research in the arts and humanities, with a particular emphasis on public engagement. Key aspects of our work include material culture, literary / visual representations, social meanings and changes over time.