UCL Research Domains


UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training

Arising from the FMS domain, UCL is a consortium partner in the UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich.

The UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) provides a unique opportunity for transformative and interdisciplinary food systems research. Led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, the UKFS-CDT aims to develop the next generation of food system change makers for a healthy and sustainable food future.

From 2021 through to 2027, the UKFS-CDT will train over 60 interdisciplinary doctoral researchers capable of leading the UK towards a resilient, healthy and inclusive food future, with the first cohort starting in autumn of 2021. The consortium combines the world-leading interdisciplinary and innovative research and experience of: the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, University College London, Royal Veterinary College, Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, Centre for Food Policy at City University, University of Sussex, and Brunel University London; and two leading Agricultural Research Institutes, NIAB EMR and Rothamsted Research, plus over 50 partners from business, government and civil society.

UKFS Academy

The UKFS-CDT will host the UKFS Academy, a dynamic learning network that brings together doctoral researchers, academic supervisors, and associate partners from government, business and civil society organisations. Doctoral researchers will collaborate with partners in the Academy to co-create and disseminate new knowledge with lasting impact. The co-design of doctoral projects between students and Academy partners is central to the UKFS-CDT Programme. Placements with our Academy partners will provide unique networking opportunities to improve the employment prospects our students and support the transition of graduates into the workplace. Find out more about the Academy here

More details and how to apply

Applications for Cohort 2 are now closed. Applications for Cohort 2 will open in 2023.

UCL project kernels

UCL's involvement in the CDT spans multiple faculties, including Life Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Social & Historical Sciences, The Bartlett (Built Environment), Population Health Sciences, and IOE (UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society). 

In 2021, project kernels covered many areas of food systems research, including nutrition, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, the environmental impacts of food production, the production of cultivated meat, developing novel food packaging to reduce waste, and the sociology and ethnography of food practices.

Download a summary of the kernels offered in 2021 below: 


For general enquires regarding the doctoral programme or the UKFS Academy please contact info@foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk.

For general enquires about doctoral training at UCL, contact the Doctoral School or visit their website