Global Food and Environment Institute

Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales

Dr Stephen Whitfield, Associate Director of the GFEI, has been awarded a COP26 fellowship.

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Global Food and Environment Institute

The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) is an interdisciplinary research community, which brings together members from across academia, industry and public policy.

We envisage a radically different global food system which works with nature and provides everybody with access to safe and nutritious food. Our aim is to develop enduring solutions that help bring about transformative change to create a food system that is socially-just, climate-smart and goes beyond sustainability; able to adapt vigorously to enhance the future habitability of our planet. 

We encourage disruptive thinking and foster collaboration. We work in partnership with expertise from across the University to offer the Sustainable Food Systems MSc for those interested in exploring research that underpins food sustainability from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through our education, networking, advocacy and events programmes, we work with our influential partners worldwide to challenge assumptions and break new ground.

Events and training

World Food Day 2020

GFEI partnered with the University of Pretoria and FANRPAN for World Food Day 2020 to support the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) campaign to achieve Zero Hunger in Africa.

Research spotlight

  • Sustainable food

    Explore projects led by researchers in the Faculty of Environment, from farming to influencing consumer behaviour and reducing waste.

  • The National Pig Centre

    We are working with partners across Europe to co-develop research programmes that address modern agricultural challenges.

    pigs walking through farm gate

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