Tim Lang

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London where he lectures on its unique MSc and PhD food policy programmes. He founded the Centre in 1994 and was Director until 2016. In the 1970s, he was a hill farmer in Lancashire, England. This inspired his work ever since on the role policy has in shaping the food system in relation to health, environment, economy and culture. 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 a member of the London Food Board advising the Mayor of London, and helped launch the Urban Food Policy Pact signed by 100 World Cities in Milan at Expo in October 2015. He is author and co-author of many articles, reports and books. Recent books include: Food Wars (2015 ed 2), Unmanageable Consumer (2015, ed 3), Ecological Public Health (2012), Food Policy (2009) and The Atlas of Food (2008). He is currently finishing a book on sustainable diets. He set up and chaired the inter-university UK Food Research Collaboration of British academics and civil society working for a better food system 2014-16. He is a member of the new EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems.