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PhD Opportunity to be part of UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training

Do you have a passion for creating a resilient, healthy and inclusive food future? Are you looking for a funded UKRI 4-year doctoral studentship?

The UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT, is looking for students with wide variety of backgrounds, and existing qualifications to apply.

UKFS-CDT will train over 65 doctoral students from 2021-2027 and create cohorts of future food systems leaders and innovators who can lead the UK towards a resilient, healthy and inclusive food future. The programme is searching for outstanding doctoral candidates with established aptitude for interdisciplinary study, interest in any aspects of food and food systems (natural science, social science or engineering), or anyone with an interest in systems approaches to major challenges.

Research will be fundamentally interdisciplinary and combine natural sciences and social sciences approaches, and methods. All 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)

The UKFS-CDT brings together the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (lead institution), University College London, Royal Veterinary College, Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, Centre for Food Policy at City University, University 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. We offer over 350 potential supervisors to support interdisciplinary food systems training in collaboration with the UK Food Systems Academy (more details at

Understanding that food system challenges are complex, UKFS-CDT values equality, diversity, inclusion and justice.  We welcome applications from prospective students regardless of age, disability, race/ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. In addition, we encourage individuals who have had career breaks due to, for example, caring responsibilities, work in relevant sectors, or a change in disciplines or career paths to apply.

Initial expressions of interest can be registered at Twitter (@ukfs_CDT) LinkedIn (@UKFS-cdt).

This is a unique opportunity to join the next generation of interdisciplinary food systems change makers.

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