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The University of Edinburgh: Agriculture and Food Security

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
Study type Research


Our research and associated education and engagement are in two broad themes – Food System Transformation and Healthy People, Healthy Planet, and especially the interactions between them.

Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackling the challenges of:

  • global population growth

  • rapid urbanisation

  • food and environmental security

  • diet and health

These challenges occur in low and middle income countries, as well as in more industrialised nations.

Achieving sustainable, healthy diets underpins many of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially those concerned with:

  • hunger

  • poverty

  • health

  • gender equality

  • responsible consumption and production

  • climate action

We welcome applicants whose research interests are aligned to address one or more of these challenges, and who hold the potential to develop and translate scientific advances into policy and practice.

Most of our research is interdisciplinary in its approach, and we collaborate with other Schools and groups across the University of Edinburgh, and with a wide range of national and international partners.

Our current specific expertise spans:

  • nutrition and health of humans, livestock, crops and soils

  • environmental and agri-food systems

  • crop and livestock production systems

  • climate smart agriculture

  • agricultural and natural resource economics

  • development

  • data science and mathematical modelling

  • the science-policy interface

  • food and land rights and law

We welcome applicants with interests in these areas. Please also see staff webpages for more details of potential supervisor research interests.

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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