The Food Climate Research Network is an interdisciplinary and international network operating at the intersection of food, climate, and broader sustainability issues. Our principles of impartiality, academic rigour and interdisciplinarity inform our vision of a fair, healthy and ethical food system that sits within environmental limits.
Our mission is to foster the informed dialogue and critical thinking needed to build mutual understanding and collective action on food systems sustainability.
To this end we work to:
- Produce, disseminate and communicate accurate, agenda-free and interdisciplinary knowledge;
- Provide real and virtual spaces for stakeholders to share knowledge and perspectives;
- Broker dialogues on emerging or controversial issues across sectors, disciplines and ideologies
The FCRN's membership is built by 1,400 registered network members, they collectively span 70 countries, a range of sectors (food industry, NGOs, Government and academic) and multiple disciplines - life cycle analysis, human nutrition, soil sciences, animal ethics & welfare, international development and psychology to name but a few. The FCRN engages with its members via this comprehensive website, its weekly newsletters (reaching over 3,000 people), by running seminars, and through frequent presentations.
The FCRN was set up by Tara Garnett in 2005 and is based at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Around one third of our nearly 3,000 subscribers are located in the UK, but the remaining two thirds span 70 countries around the world, a real benefit when considering food systems that are global in nature. As the FCRN evolves it increasingly works on a whole system / whole planet basis – with strong links to other international governance bodies and networks. The FCRN is currently staffed by Dr Tara Garnett (Lead, University of Oxford), Dr John Jackson (website management & development) and Marie Persson (communications manager).
The FCRN’s work is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the CCAFS Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security programme (a 10-year research initiative of CGIAR) and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. It is hosted by the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and is part of the ECI's Food Systems Group.