Who we are

Prof Tim Lang- Founder and Special Advisor

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.

Prof Corinna Hawkes- Chair

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.

Mary Atkinson- Network Co-ordinator

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.