Taking a food systems approach to policy is at the heart of our activity. We bring together expertise from multiple disciplines to offer evidence of policy implications across the entire food system. We advocate for cross-departmental consultation in policy setting within Government, industry and NGOs on a regional, national and international level.

Our Impacts and Outputs

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How COVID-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system: The case of UK food and poverty

This paper is published as part of the N8 AgriFood Collection on the Emerald Open Research platform. It is written by Dr Madeleine Power, Professor Bob Doherty, Dr Katie Pybus and Professor Kate Pickett, University of York.

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The Future of Food: A recipe for sustainability

Food Systems Policy Hub Director, Professor Bob Doherty, provided his expert opinion to help the Co-op explore their vision and strategy for a sustainable and ethical future. He was also one of the keynote speakers at the launch in September 2018.

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Food systems resilience: Towards an interdisciplinary research agenda

This paper is published as part of the N8 AgriFood Collection on the Emerald Open Research platform. It was co-authored by Food Systems Policy Hub Director Professor Bob Doherty with colleagues Dr Jonathan Ensor, Professor Tony Heron and Dr Patricia Prado, from the  University of York.

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POSTnote research briefing – A resilient UK food system

In 2020 N8 AgriFood collaborated with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to offer a Policy Internship, where a PhD student from one of N8 AgriFood’s universities would be sent to Westminster to produce a POSTnote on resilient UK food systems. The three month internship in early 2020 unforeseeably coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, adding a new and highly responsive element to the briefing paper, produced by the successful candidate Joe Llanos; a fourth year student at the University of Sheffield. Joe also wrote a blog piece, detailing his time with POST.

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The National Food Strategy – Part One

In February 2020 the National Food Strategy team invited Policy Hub director Professor Bob Doherty to share expert advice at their first citizen engagement event. Professor Doherty was invited by Henry Dimbleby and his team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to be the food systems and trade expert at their first Public Dialogue. This involved a series of presentations on food systems and trade, plus a Q&A with citizen participants in Kendal, Cumbria. The events formed the first phase of a major independent review of England’s National Food Strategy in 75 years, exploring the impacts of dietary choices on health and the environment, trade, and affordability of food. Professor Doherty’s expertise fed into the final Part 1 report of the National Food Strategy through his expert evidence and research from the IKnowFood Programme that he leads.

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Making better policies for food systems

In January 2021 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its report ‘Making better Policies for Food Systems’. Together with the OECD, the Policy Hub held a webinar in April 2021 where policy experts from both organisations reviewed and discussed the report, before opening the floor for questions. The webinar was aimed at PhDs and early career researchers. N8 AgriFood academics Professor Katherine Denby and Professor Lisa Collins joined Policy Hub director Professor Bob Doherty in co-authoring a response on behalf of the Policy Hub to the OECD’s report.

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