Transforming urban food systems for planetary and population health
The Mandala Consortium, will focus on transforming urban food systems for planetary and population health.
Centred on the city of Birmingham, this consortium brings together internationally renowned teams from the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick, Exeter, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The research is being funded through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), and is part of the £47.5M Transforming the UK Food System for Healthy People and a Healthy Environment SPF programme.
The Mandala Consortium aims to transform the urban food system and its relationship with its regional economy in the West Midlands. Mapping of the local food system will determine the most powerful levers for system change. These are likely to include new ways of procuring healthier and more sustainable foods in the public sector, and developing online systems to help businesses find and use more locally grown food. Interventions will be evaluated to demonstrate how food can be made healthier, more affordable and less harmful to the environment, but still profitable.
- Read the Unit news article ‘New consortium funded to deliver systems research programme to transform urban food system’ published on 6 January 2021
- Read more about the proposed scientific programme for the Mandala Consortium
The Mandala consortium is led by Prof Martin White, Professor of Population Health Research in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. Researchers and partners in Mandala are:
University of Cambridge
- Dr Jean Adams, MRC Epidemiology Unit
- Dr Thomas Burgoine, MRC Epidemiology Unit
- Oliver Francis, MRC Epidemiology Unit
- Prof Andrew Balmford, Department of Zoology
- Dr Lynn Dicks, Department of Zoology
- Prof Jaideep Prabhu, Judge Business School
- Dr Jagjit Srai, Department of Engineering
Researchers from acrosss the UK
- Prof Steven Cummins, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Prof Emma Frew, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmhingam
- Dr Rachel Loopstra, Nutritional Sciences, King’s College London
- Dr Owen Nicholas, Statistical Science, University College London
- Dr Thijs van Rens, Department of Economics, University of Warwick
- Prof Richard Smith, University of Exeter Medical
- Anna Taylor, The Food Foundation
- Dr Justin Varney, Birmingham City Council
- James Lowman, The Association of Convenience Stores
- Mark Driver, Minor, Weir & Willis Ltd.
- Stuard Renshaw, Whisk
Follow a Mandala Twitter list.