Who we are

Prof Corinna Hawkes- ChairCorinna Hawkes

Dr Corinna Hawkes joined the Centre for Food Policy in January 2016 as Professor. She is a specialist in the links between food policy, food systems, diet and health who regularly advises governments, international agencies and NGOs. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe. She sits on the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).Corinna has in the past worked for the World Health Organization (Geneva), the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) and in 2009-2010, held a fellowship at the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Between 2012 and 2015 she was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Policy Framework for healthy diets and obesity. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, Corinna has published widely on topics such as globalization, trade, value chains, the links between agriculture and health, policies to address poor quality diets, and food marketing to children.

Prof Tim Lang- Founder and Special AdvisorTim Lang

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For over 35 years, he's engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice, and citizens.He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation (eg auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health). He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries (food standards x 2, globalisation and obesity), and a consultant on food security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He was a Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), reviewing progress on food sustainability. He was on the Council of Food Policy Advisors to the Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2008-10), and was appointed to the Mayor of London's Food Board in 2010.

Mary Atkinson- Network Co-ordinatorMary Atkinson

Mary is a Masters graduate of Food policy at City University London and of Nutrition and has experience of working on food issues in both the academic and NGO sectors in the UK and overseas. She has worked as a food security and nutrition specialist for a number of NGOs and UN agencies in the international humanitarian sector since 2000. Prior to this, Mary worked as a nutritionist in the UK, mostly in academic research and teaching at Glasgow University, King’s College London and London Metropolitan University, as well as overseas at the University of Malawi. She also worked for the Department of Health and as a volunteer for Sustain.

Dr Victoria Schoen- Research FellowVictoria Schoen

Victoria is the Food Research Collaboration Research Fellow, working on in-house research projects suggested by civil society as well as facilitating the research process for other FRC projects. She is an agricultural economist by training and has worked more widely in the fields of agri-food marketing and value chain analysis for various academic, UN, charitable and commercial organisations. She completed her PhD on the impact of agricultural policy change on households in Jordan before moving to an EU Framework Project at University College London on farm diversification. She has worked at home and overseas on a number of food-related consultancy projects including a review of the evidence on the impact of a shift to more healthy diets in the UK (for DEFRA) and a scoping study for the design of a tool for monitoring environmental impact in agri-food value chains (for UNIDO). She is also an online tutor for SOAS in research methods and still undertakes consultancy work related to the objectives of the Food Research Collaboration. At home she is kept busy by her three young sons.

Nadia Barbu- Web Content EditorNadia Barbu

Nadia manages the website and communications for Food Research Collaboration. She holds a Masters in Practical Filmmaking and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nadia has written for web and print media in Romania and the UK, and she has been a blogger and all-around Internet enthusiast since 2007. In addition to FRC, she is currently working in cultural journalism, independent filmmaking and social media and communications for academia.

Steering Group

Prof Tim Lang, Prof Martin Caraher, Prof Corinna Hawkes, Dr Claire Marris - Centre for Food Policy, City University London
Jane Landon – Director, UK Health Forum
Prof Terry Marsden - School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University
Prof Erik Millstone- University of Sussex

Erik Millstone is a Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex. His expertise centers on the role of scientific expertise and evidence in the management of technological risks, especially those arising in the food chain.

Since 1974 he has been researching into the causes, consequences and regulation of technological change in the food and chemical industries. His work has been supported at different times by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, government departments and legislative institutions in the UK, USA, Germany, and several other EU Member States. His research has encompassed topics including: food additives, pesticides, BSE, GM crops, microbial risks and obesity.

From 2006 to 2016 he was joint leader of the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre’s work on Agriculture and Food Policy. He has participated in ten large-scale externally-funded research projects and successfully acted as principal investigator in three of them, including a 9-country EU-funded comparative study of policy responses to obesity. He has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 11 books, the most relevant of which is BSE: risk, science and governance, with P van Zwanenberg, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Prof David Barling - Director of the Centre for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Management (CAFEM), University of Hertfordshire
Prof Annie Anderson- Director of the Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, Dundee University
David Baldock- Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy
Kath Dalmeny – Coordinator, Sustain

Advisory Board

Sue Dibb- Eating Better

Sue Dibb is coordinator of Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy re future– a broad alliance that is encouraging governments, businesses and all those who can make a difference to help people eat less and better meat and more foods that are good for people and the planet.

Sue is passionate about the need to create healthy, fair, sustainable food systems and the importance of governments, businesses and civil society working together to enable this transition.

Her previous roles include Director of the Food Ethics Council, Head of Sustainable Consumption and Production at the UK government advisory body, the Sustainable Development Commission, Senior Policy Advisor at the National Consumer Council and Co-Director of the Food Commission.

Sue lives in Brighton with her family where she is also Chair of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership that is working for a healthier, more sustainable food system for the city.

Alex Waugh- National Association of British and Irish Millers
Dr Mike Rayner - BHF Health Promotion Research Group, Oxford University
Dr Tara Garnett- FCRN

Tara Garnett initiated and runs the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), based at the Environmental Change Institute.

Her work focuses on the contribution that the food system makes to greenhouse gas emissions and the scope for emissions reduction, looking at the technological options, at what could be achieved by changes in behaviour and how policies could help promote both these approaches. She is particularly interested in the relationship between emissions reduction objectives and other social and ethical concerns, particularly human health, livelihoods, and animal welfare. Much of her focus is on livestock, since this represents a nodal point where many of these issues converge.

Tara is keen to collaborate through the FCRN with other organisations to undertake research, organise events and build and extend interdisciplinary, intersectoral knowledge in this field.

Sue Davis- Which?
Prof Harry West- SOAS Food Studies Group
Prof Liz Dowler- University of Warwick
Dr Tom Macmillan - Soil Association