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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Global Food Security (GFS) programme invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers to take part in a Policy Lab on the determinants of food choice (e.g. biological, social, environmental, physical and economic) and the combination of interventions across these that will lead to healthier and more sustainable diets.

Policy Labs bring together early career researchers from different disciplines to scope a policy-relevant issue, with teams forming at the workshop and then competing to write a synthesis report for the GFS programme. The major question that this Policy Lab aims to address is: what are the determinants of food choice and which combination of interventions would have the most impact in encouraging healthier and more sustainable diets? 

We seek applicants interested in interdisciplinary and systems approaches to a policy-relevant issue, who are looking for an opportunity to produce an evidence-based report that will be widely read by policymakers. Researchers must meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the Policy Lab workshop. Researchers working in any relevant discipline can apply (including for example the environmental, biological, engineering and social sciences). In order to be eligible, researchers should:

  • be currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at a UK Higher Education Institute, Research Institute, or Independent Research Organisation that is eligible to receive grant funding from the Research Councils. More information about eligibility for Research Council funding can be found here. Post-doctoral researchers based outside of the UK will not be eligible.
  • have completed their PhD within the last five years. Applicants are therefore eligible if they have completed their PhD after 1st January 2013.

The winning team at the workshop will receive a £5,000 Policy Lab award to write a policy-facing report.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19th February 2018. Those invited to attend the workshop will be notified by week commencing Monday 26th February 2018.


For more information please see the activities page.




Monday, 19 March, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 - 17:00
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Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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