Who are we?
The Centre for Food Policy is an interdisciplinary research unit working to shape food systems that improve the health of people, society, the environment and the economy. We bring our academic expertise to bear on the big questions facing food and turn insight into action.
This study is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Obesity Policy Research Unit. This unit offers world-class expertise in working with children and young people, food policy, economic modelling and research on environment and behaviour change.
What are we researching?
The things people do with food on a day-to-day basis; everything from buying and storing food to sharing, cooking and eating food.
The places people go to get food, the routes they take to get there and the various actors which influence their food choices, options and opportunities.
We want to understand peoples’ everyday experiences and choices, so that we can inform childhood obesity prevention policy which reflects these experiences and supports the health of children.
Why are we doing this?
Informing effective childhood obesity prevention policy
Our previous research demonstrated the complex reasons people eat the food they do. Understanding these complexities is essential in informing effective obesity prevention policy and supporting actions to improve child health and wellbeing.
Understanding changing food practices
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, people have had to rapidly change the way they interact with their food environment. This study seeks to understand these changes and the implications they may have for people’s diets, health and wellbeing.