Food research

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Research Theme Champion: Professor David Barling (School of Life and Medical Sciences)

Food is essential for human existence and provides a touchstone for research that promotes human and societal progress, while ensuring the sustainability of the earth’s natural resources and ecosystems.

The economy and society face grand challenges in terms of securing food productivity and resilience, while delivering positive impacts upon the environment, public health, and social relations.

Our research applies science and technology, and social and cultural investigation to food consumption and production, forging cross disciplinary collaborations between our different areas of expertise in order to inform and support industry, policy makers, the professions and civil society to meet these challenges.

This page gives you direct access to some of our key projects and offers links to the Research Centres and Groups, degree courses, PhD opportunities, news and public engagement that come under the Food research theme.

Key projects

Food shopping and older people

Food shopping and older people

New exhibition explores the role of food and shopping in older people’s lives...

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Securing our future food production through better understanding of disease resistance genes in crops

Securing future food production

Understanding how plants defend themselves against pathogens that cause crop diseases can help scientists breed new, more successful disease-resistant crops...

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New international collaboration to protect the world’s crops

Protecting the world’s crops

Research is looking to identify and develop novel environmentally-sustainable strategies to control plant pests to ensure global food production and security...

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What are your children eating beyond the school gate?

Eating beyond the school gate

More than three quarters of young people buy food or drink beyond the school gate at least twice a week...

Read more about eating beyond the school gate
Food security in Europe

Food security in Europe

The University is part of an international research team that has secured €6m funding, to help policy makers improve the resilience of the European food system...

Read more about food security in europe

Any questions?

Contact us at the Research Office if you have any queries or would like to know more about research at the University of Hertfordshire.