Dr Michael Clark

Senior Research Associate in Food


Michael Clark is a Senior Researcher of Sustainable Food Solutions at the University of Oxford. He is a founding and current director of the Smith School’s Sustainable Food Solutions Programme, and is also a member of the Livestock, Environment, and People programme, the Oxford Martin School Biodiversity and Society Programme, the Oxford Martin School AGILE initiative, and the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery.

Mike’s research examines the role of food and food systems in meeting the Triple Challenge of climate, biodiversity, and human wellbeing. His work combines quantitative methods (big data, food system modeling) with behavioral experiments (e.g. on ecolabelling), working to identify the capacity for food systems to transform and meet targets on environment and human wellbeing. His work has been published in Nature, Science, PNAS, BMJ, and the Lancet, and has been featured in media around the world, including Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, and New Scientist.

Before joining the Smith School, Mike was a researcher at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health, working on the Livestock, Environment, and People program. He did his PhD at the University of Minnesota, focusing on the environmental impacts of food systems.