UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Director's Seminar: Why are food systems failing diet-related ill-health - and what can be done?

21 February 2019, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm


We are joined by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Professor of Food Policy, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University for a Director's Seminar.

Event Information

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Annelise Andersen


Gustave Tuck LT
Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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The state of the global diet is dire, much of which is due to the functioning of the food system. In turn, we face many barriers to making effective policy decisions to improve diets through the food system. But change is possible. This presentation will focus on the major challenges in food systems preventing better diets for all - and how policy, people and alignment with economic prosperity will be key to addressing these challenges. It will provide an overview of the latest data on the global diet, the barriers to more effective decision-making and the conflicts preventing change. It will specify actions needed for a better future, including by making changes in governance and leadership, creating co-benefits for diet-related health, environmental sustainability economic prosperity, and taking a more people-centred approach.

The speaker

Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, UK. Her expertise is on the development and design of food policies throughout the food system to improve diets, nutrition and public health. Between 2015-2018 Corinna served as Co-Chair of Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe. She has previously worked at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Sao Paulo and World Cancer Research Fund International. In 2018 Corinna was appointed by the Mayor of London as Vice Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce. Recent publications include Connecting food systems for co-benefits: How can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?published by the European Health Observatory in November 2018.