Food Systems Policy Hub Director Professor Bob Doherty held a York Citizen Food Assembly, which was a collaboration between his IKnowFood team and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI). The event was designed to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the food system in York, and to collect people’s views on the future of the York, Yorkshire and UK food system. As a result of the event Prof Doherty co-authored a paper with colleagues from the University of York which has been published in the N8 AgriFood Emerald Open Access collection. The paper asserts that solutions to complex challenges in the food system need the active participation of citizens to drive positive change, and that to achieve this, it is crucial to engage citizens in processes of designing policy interventions. A policy brief from the event was produced for DEFRA and the National Food Strategy team.