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Witnesses: Health & wellbeing

This year, our topic aims to draw connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability.

Each term has a different theme. First, in October, November and December, we focused on the determinants of health and wellbeing in places. Between January and March 2017, we built on the discussions we had during our second topic and focused on diets. In April, May and June, we will explore health, wellbeing and sustainability in a changing world and more details will be available soon.

Profiles of the witnesses


Ron Bakker
  • Founding Partner,
  • PLP Architects
Dr Dimitris Ballas
  • Senior Lecturer,
  • Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
Craig Bennett
  • CEO,
  • Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Dr David Cope
  • Director of Strategy and External Affairs,
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
  • Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Professor Matthew Gandy
  • Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Charles Godfray
  • Hope Professor and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food,
  • Oxford University
Dr Scott Hosking
  • Climate Scientist in the Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team,
  • British Antarctic Survey
Professor Tim Lang
  • Professor of Food Policy,
  • Centre for Food Policy, Department of Sociology
  • City, University of London
Dr Brent Loken
  • Science Liaison Officer,
  • EAT Foundation, Oslo
Professor Theresa Marteau
  • Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit,
  • Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
Dr Michael Obersteiner
  • Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program,
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria
Laurie Parma
  • Researcher based within the Policy Research Group,
  • Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Dr Gillian Petrokovsky
  • James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab,
  • Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Peeter Pärt
  • Advisor in Environment and Human Health Interactions,
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Professor Sumantra Ray
  • Founding Chair and Executive Director of the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health,
  • Senior Medical Advisor and Head of the Volunteer Studies and Clinical Services Facility,
  • MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Ellie Robinson
  • Assistant Director of External Affairs,
  • National Trust
Dr Marco Springmann
  • James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food,
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Population Health,
  • Oxford University
Professor Catharine Ward Thompson
  • Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), Director of the OPENspace research centre and Associate Dean for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact for the College of Humanities and Social Science,
  • University of Edinburgh
Professor Martin White
  • Programme Lead – Food behaviours and public health interventions,
  • UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR),
  • MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Bee Wilson
  • A food writer, journalist and historian