Research

ResearchSheFF combines proven expertise from environment and food production, through food processing and supply, to food consumption and human health, to identify pathways to achieve the multiple objectives of food security: providing sufficient safe, affordable and nutritious food for all the people of the world whilst ensuring environmental protection, social justice, animal welfare and resource sustainability. World-leading researchers across the University join forces with businesses and policymakers to meet the multiple, sometimes conflicting demands of food supply systems. They work to enhance business performance, improve consumer experience and health, and reduce the environmental burden of food production, processing and distribution on soil, water and climate.

SheFF adopts an integrated, inter-disciplinary approach, emphasising the need for ‘joined-up thinking’ across the food supply chain and the related nexus of water and energy provision. In this framework, social and environmental questions are simultaneously addressed and framed in equal partnerships between inter-disciplinary researchers. We highlight the links between four core themes: Land-use and resource management, Plant production and protection, Consumer practice and Sustainable diets for human health. SheFF has two integrating research approaches: Supply chain resource sustainability, analysing and modelling agri-food systems in their totality, and Food justice, the analysis of the ethical, legal, political and tensions that characterise such systems.