What We Do

What We Do

Launched in February 2014 with three years’ core funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) was founded by food academic and campaigner Professor Tim Lang, who recognised the value of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and academics collectively generating and sharing the evidence needed to underpin the transition to a sustainable, healthy and fair food system.

The FRC is based at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London and shares the Centre’s vision of achieving more integrated and inclusive UK policy to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet. We do this by bringing together academics across disciplines and Civil Society Organisations across sectors to produce, share and use the evidence-based knowledge needed by UK policy makers and campaigners.

Explore what we’re doing now

In our second phase of funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are focusing on three specific workstreams:

Workstream 1

Influencing Brexit to improve food system sustainability

Produce policy recommendations for a more integrated approach to some of the key challenges and opportunities for the food system raised by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Workstream 2

Rethinking UK food governance

Develop a vision for a new model of the governance of food policy in the UK. Explore what governance is needed for a more integrated and inclusive approach to food across government.

Workstream 3

Driving local progress on sustainable food

Produce evidence-based practical guidance to support the work of the Sustainable Food Cities network and others working on sustainable food at the local level.