All five collaborating institutions are internationally recognised leaders in different aspects of the food security agenda.
ECI has an internationally-recognised track record in food systems research, with special emphasis on the interactions with environmental change. Key strengths include using a food systems lens to research food security issues, and developing research partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including business, policy, development agencies, NGOs and academia at large. It also has expertise in managing consortia, in levering additional funding after start-up investment; and innovation in engagement (e.g. UKCIP ). The group run an MSc elective module on food systems for the School of Geography and the Environment.
LCIRAH is an interdisciplinary collaboration between:
- the Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
- the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
- the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
It is dedicated to research and training on feeding a world healthily and sustainably in 2020. LCIRAH has operated since 2010 within a formal inter-Collegiate consortium, the London International Development Centre (LIDC). LCIRAH comprises over 30 dedicated staff, postdocs, PhDs and visiting fellows and implements a £10m development research and training programme on themes including agriculture, poverty, and health; agriculture, diet, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in development; emerging food borne and zoonotic diseases; value chain approaches in agri-health research; innovative metrics for agriculture and health research and evaluation; and impact of environment and climate change on agriculture, health, and nutrition.
In the form of its Global Research Priorities (GRP) programme, the University of Warwick has identified a number of ‘grand challenges’ which currently confront our global society; ‘food’ is one of the challenges http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/foodsecurity.
Current research themes around food include: food policy and insecurity at the household level; the potential for decision-based modelling to provide a basis for graphical modelling of the complex inter-relationships involved in food security; diet and health; the influence of Brazil in remaking the international politics of food and energy security and using participatory theatre and arts events to offer innovative ways for generating new understanding of global food systems. With regards to food production, the School of Life Sciences has considerable expertise in plant and crop science and in the epidemiology of diseases of livestock.
PhD teaching covers a range of topics associated with food, across science, social science and the humanities. The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester and ‘food security’ is one of the research areas on which it is focussed. Masters modules on ‘food’ are delivered by the Department of Sociology, Department of Politics and International Studies and the School of Life Sciences. Masters courses on ‘Crop Production’ and ‘Food Security’ are led by the School of Life Sciences.