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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Early Career Researchers are a vital component of our network. 

Structured research within the University's doctoral training programmes and centres is complemented by interdisciplinary training and networking activities run by Cambridge Global Food Security, and events run by the student-led Cambridge Food Security Forum.

See our events page for forthcoming activities.


PhD Opportunities in Global Food Security


Agriculture and Food Security is a strategic priority of BBSRC, and PhD opportunities within the theme of Agriculture and Food Security exist at Cambridge as part of the BBRSC Doctoral Training Partnerships Programme

There are many fundamental research projects, for example understanding the molecular basis of plant epigenetics and its influence on characters of hybrids, studies of the molecular basis of the immune response in animals, or evolution of pathogen genomes.

These are complemented by more applied research into animal disease, welfare and productivity, strategies to deal with spread of crop pathogens, and breeding of new plant varieties, as well as how to balance agricultural production with conservation of natural habitats, and the role of nutrition in developmental programming and life-long maintenance of health.   

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Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences

Cambridge hosts one of the largest groups of social sciences researchers in the country, and the DTP is a diverse student community. 

33 studentships are available for admission in October 2018 in several thematic areas that may be of relevance to global food security:

  • Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing
  • Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth
  • Conflict, culture, mobility and development
  • Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity
  • Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

Find out more about each of these themes here.


University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) Early Career Researcher Programme

Designed to provide skill development and support to Cambridge graduate students and postdoctoral researchers within an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment. The programme will help to create new insight and understanding of different approaches and methodologies, and complement the training that is on offer within Departments and doctoral training programmes in the University. Workshops are delivered through a variety of learning approaches and formats, emphasising the importance of interactive experience to promote active engagement, for a deeper and enhanced cross-disciplinary understanding.  

This programme is open to all Cambridge PhD students and Postdocs whose work addresses conservation in the broadest sense. 


Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC Interdisciplinary Networking Programme

The CIDIRC runs an interdisciplinary networking programme, together with the Cambridge Immunology Network, for early career researchers in, or with an interest in, biomedical research areas (eg. you might be from the Department of Geography studying land use change/GIS mapping and would like to apply this to understanding infectious disease spread and meet people studying infectious diseases).

The overarching goal is to provide opportunities to empower early career researchers to consider interdisciplinary approaches to their work, by fostering trust, creative thinking, curiosity, a willingness to debate openly and a mutual respect and language across disciplines.



Living Laboratory for Sustainability

The ‘Living Lab’ provides opportunities for Cambridge students to carry out research and projects across the University to improve its sustainability. Energy, waste, food, and behaviour change are just some of the themes you could focus on.

Living Lab Annual Report 2016-17 now available online here.

The Living Lab engages with students in many different ways in order to enhance their skills, experiences and knowledge on sustainability. An example of the work during 2016-17 was the development and implementation of the University’s first ever sustainable food policy. 

Paid internships are offered to Cambridge students and graduates every year, and an award is offered to challenge students to develop solutions to issues relating to the University's estate. The internships provide the opportunity to gain experience working with professionals in the field of sustainability and make contributions to improving the University’s environmental sustainability.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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