Our Research Partners

Scientific Advisory Group

The purpose of the SAG is to act as a meeting place for global food experts to discuss and determine pathways for reconnecting actors within the global food system to create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable food future within the 21st century. The experts within this group represent different disciplines and types of knowledge – food retailers, policy makers, farmers,  academics and grassroots organisations – who, through their experience, can offer insight into the measures needed to tackle the challenges facing the UK food system, including;

  • The strategic direction of, and priorities for IKnowFood
  • The balance, relevance and adequacy of science activities supporting IKnowFood’s objectives
  • Broad strategic issues, priorities and policies from a scientific perspective
  • The design and effectiveness of procedures relating to science advice
  • Both pressing and emerging science issues facing IKnowFood
  • Scientific and technical developments in the field

How Does the Scientific Advisory Group operate

The SAG will meet annually to advise on the long term direction of the project, and will work to enhance the project profile within policy, business and public discourse.

Scientific Advisory Group Members

  • Paul Crewe – Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Anthesis Group
  • Bob Constanza – Ecological economist and Professor and Chair of Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Tim Lang – Professor of Food Policy, City University of London
  • John Steel – CEO of Cafedirect
  • James Wilsden – Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
  • Sue Hartley – Professor of Ecology and Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI)
  • Euan Woodward – Executive Director of EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity)
  • Tom Rigby – Organic dairy farmer and chair of NFU’s Organic Forum,

Project Partners

Detailed below are our project partners who are pleased to be included and have agreed to directly contribute their time and expertise to IKnowFood over the 4 year duration of the project;

  • LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) – a leading organisation promoting sustainable agriculture, food and farming.
  • Cafedirect – UK’s largest 100%  Fairtrade hot drinks company. Cafédirect was founded in 1991 by Oxfam, Traidcraft, Equal Exchange Trading and Twin Trading as a response to the 1989 global collapse in coffee prices.
  • IAgrE (Institution of Agricultural Engineers) – a registered charity working for the public benefit through bringing together academics, practitioners and industry to share knowledge and promote professionalism in the advancement and application of technology in the land based sector.
  • Soil Association – the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
  • Luc Hoffman Institute – set up in 2012, by WWF International and the MAVA Foundation, it aims to address some of the planet’s most difficult environmental challenges.
  • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd – aims to be the most trusted retailer, offering great quality and service at fair prices.
  • Waitrose – a supermarket chain that believes in championing British produce, treading lightly on the environment, supporting responsible sourcing and treating people fairly.
  • NFU – it’s purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for its members.
  • CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) –  an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
  • Innovative Farmers –  A not for profit network that gives funding and support to test farmer’s ideas. Farmers can work with top researchers and like-minded farmers in practical ‘field labs’. Innovative Farmers will be supporting the farmer groups  that are at the centre of Research Theme 1. All farmers that join one these groups will also become members of the Innovative Farmers network.