We’re hiring – Research Engagement Manager
This post offers an exciting opportunity to work on research on children’s food at the Food Foundation, as part of our Children’s Right to Food Campaign. The postholder will play a vital part of a major research programme in Yorkshire which will develop evidence to inform our policy engagement on children’s food.
The role will play a vital role in a major research programme called Fix Our Food based in Yorkshire and funded by UKRI. This large programme of work aims to co-create regenerative food systems which optimise health and the environment. It will be focused on the Yorkshire food system, targeting transformation within early years and school settings, but with the goal of developing evidence and policies that are transferable across multiple settings. Done successfully, this will help to address the on-going problems of poor diet quality in children (particularly in deprived populations), unsustainable farming and a food economy failing to make the rapid shifts required. Thus, the focus of this work will be to engage with multiple stakeholders to identify areas of greatest need and to co-design and evaluate systems-based innovations from farm to fork.
The postholder will be embedded within the Food Foundation’s Children’s Right2Food Project team. The Children’s Right2Food Project is a multi-year programme of work aimed at tackling childhood food insecurity and inequalities in obesity by working towards the implementation of the Children’s Right2Food Charter.
The post holder will report to the Children’s Right2Food Campaign Manager (Zoe McIntyre) but work very closely with University of York’s Research Associate working under the supervision of Dr Maria Bryant, Professor Kate Pickett and the Food Foundation’s Executive Director. The postholder could work from a base in York or in London in the Food Foundation’s office. They will be required to frequently travel to both locations.
We are looking for someone who shares our exciting vision to develop evidence which is valuable for policy makers and practitioners and which in turn helps to transition children’s diets so that they prevent ill health and environmental damage.