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UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training

The UK Food Systems - Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) is part of the UK’s  strategic programme on Transforming the UK Food System. 

About the Centre

The UKFS-CDT brings together the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (lead), University College LondonRoyal Veterinary CollegeInstitute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth UniversityCentre for Food Policy at City UniversityUniversity of Sussex, and Brunel University London; and two leading agricultural research institutes, NIAB EMR and Rothamsted Research, plus over 50 partners from business, government and civil society.

Brunel University London has substantial research expertise covering all areas of Food Systems Research.

There are over 350 potential supervisors to support interdisciplinary food systems training in collaboration with the UK Food Systems Academya platform for collaboration, bringing together our doctoral researchers, academic supervisors, and over 50 partners from across government, business and civil society.  

PhD Studentships

The Centre will fund and train over 65 doctoral researchers from 2021-2027 (first cohort starts September 2021) creating future food systems leaders and innovators who can lead the UK towards a resilient, healthy and inclusive food futureRecruitment for the programmes starts in September each year and both UK and overseas students are eligible to apply for the studentships. Doctoral research will be interdisciplinary, combining natural science and social science approaches and methods. All PhD students will work with food systems stakeholders in their studies.  Research can encompass (but is not limited to) the following topics: 

  • Environmental sustainability, climate change (Healthy Environment)
  • Food production, distribution, manufacturing and waste (Healthy Economy)
  • Food Environment, Consumer Behaviour, Diets, Nutrition and Health (Healthy People)
  • Food System Governance and Resilience (Healthy Society)
  • Livestock health and welfare (Healthy Animals)


For further information on the programmes please contact: 

Mrs Emma Smith
Mrs Emma Smith
Post Award Officer - DTP's & KTP's
Professor Savvas A Tassou
Professor Savvas A Tassou
Institute Director - Energy Futures