Professor David Barling is head of the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management Research at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also the University Food Research Theme Champion. He leads the Food Systems and Policy research group. His research focuses on food policy, food security and sustainability, and the governance of the food system and the agri-food sector. Previously, he held the position of Reader in Food Policy at City, University of London. He has been the principal investigator and workpackage leader on a number of externally funded research projects, including EU Horizon 2020 and 7th Framework collaborations, and has supervised a number of PhD students. He is co-author of Food Policy: integrating, health, environment and society (Oxford University Press 2009) and co-editor of Ethical Traceability and Communicating Food (Springer 2008), and editor of the annual book serial Advances in Food Security and Sustainability (Academic Press 2016-2019).
He sits on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary and international journal Agriculture and Human Values. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to: UNEP, European Commission DG SANCO, European Parliament, UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government, and a number of other Government and public bodies. He served as a trustee of Sustain the UK NGO alliance for better food and farming from 2005-2020.