We are a collaboration of five higher education institutions pioneering a learning community and resource on food systems thinking. Available to all post-graduate students at the participating institutions, IFSTAL – Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme – fosters a range of cross-disciplinary, intra- and inter-institution activities, as well as skills for taking new learning into the workplace.

Through IFSTAL we aim to build a cohort – and a community – of professionals from a wide range of post-graduate backgrounds with skills in applying critical interdisciplinary systems thinking to issues of long-term food security.


  • University of Oxford
  • City University London
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Warwick
  • Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Latest news and blog posts

PhD Away Day

June 13th 2017 With nearly two successful years behind us, IFSTAL entered the summer of 2017 with a PhD Away Day to discuss the achievements and challenges of interdisciplinary research, provide advice on... READ MORE