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Theme 2: Diets and lifestyles

Our overarching theme forges connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability and this term we are focusing on diets and lifestyles.

At the first meeting in January, we started by looking at how our diets may change in the future and ways in which these changes could impact the environment. In February, we turned to what drives the choices people make and in March, we discussed 'catalysing change' and the role that policy and advocacy could play in changing what people eat and how active they are.

As always, a panel of three witnesses will join us each month and to provide their perspective on gaps and future research questions, followed by an open question and answer session. 

Taking a global view

On the 17th January, the Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria joined a researcher from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food who is interested in connections between climate change, diets, and health, and a cardiologist who founded NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health to help us to explore how our diets may change in the future and ways in which these changes could impact the environment.

Shaping our diets

On the 21st February, the leader of the food behaviours and public health interventions group at the Centre for Diet and Exercise Research (CEDAR) will be joining a food journalist and author who is particularly interested in ways in which our experience as children shapes what we like and what we choose to eat, and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food to help us to explore factors that shape and drive what people choose to eat.

Catalyzing change in our diets

On the 21st March, a conservation scientist, from the EAT Foundation in Oslo will join a Professor of Food Policy and the Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit to help us to think about ways in which policy can shape what we eat.

For more information about these meetings, please follow the links on the right or e-mail Dr Rosamunde Almond (r) and Dr Konstantina Stamati (ks712@cam.ac.uk)

This report highlights the 'wicked problems' and key future research questions which draw connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability in our diets.

Download the report