What we do
The Food Research Collaboration (FRC) is the only initiative in the UK dedicated to bringing together academics and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to improve the UK food system. An initiative of the Centre for Food Policy (CFP) at City, University of London, our mission is to facilitate more effective collaboration between academics and CSOs to produce, share and use the knowledge needed to improve UK food policy. Our longer term vision is of academic and CSO communities working better together to influence and improve UK food policy to build a healthier, more sustainable food system.
The FRC comprises a Secretariat (a team of three, chaired by Prof Corinna Hawkes and supported by Founder and Special Advisor Prof Tim Lang, all based at the CFP); a Steering Group (representing 6 universities and 7 NGOs); and the Membership (over 500 individuals from 123 CSOs and 97 universities working on a wide range of food issues across the UK).
The FRC was established in February 2014 with core-funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation until 31 January 2017. A recent FRC membership survey found that we have built up a highly supportive and engaged membership who understand our unique value as a facilitator of collaboration between academics and CSOs, across different sectors and disciplines.