Tim Lang

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London. After a PhD in Psychology at Leeds University in the 1970s, he became a hill farmer in Lancashire for 7 years, which inspired his work ever since. He researches the role of policy in shaping and responding to the food system, particularly in relation to health, environment, social justice and consumer culture. He has worked for decades on how policy-makers do and do not address the mismatch of food and social systems with planetary / human health.

He been a member of many UK Government bodies (eg UK Council of Food Policy Advisors, 2008-10, Sustainable Development Commission 2006-11), and Parliamentary Committees (e.g. advisor to 4 Select Committee inquiries). He has advised the European Commission and Parliament, and various UN agencies (WHO, FAO, UNEP). He is PI on the inter-university Food Research Collaboration of British academics and civil society working for a better food system (2014-17). He is was PI on the EU 7th Framework GLAMUR study (2014-16) on the local/global in food systems. He was PI on the HEFCE-funded IFSTAL project creating innovative links for food-related post-graduate education on food systems with Oxford, Reading, Warwick and London Universities (2015-18).  

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, a Trustee of Borough Market, London, and a member of the London Food Board. He is the author of 200 papers, reports and books. He is co-author of Ecological Public Health (2012), Food Policy (2009), Atlas of Food (2008), Food Wars (2015, ed 2), Unmanageable Consumer (2015, ed 3), and Sustainable Diets (2017).


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