Future Food Studies: Exploring Sustainable Solutions

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A global food revolution is urgently needed for a healthy, sustainable, and a fair food supply for the rapidly growing and urbanizing human population with increasing living standards, increasing life expectancy, and incidences of chronic diseases, while simultaneously recognizing the limits of our planet. This summerschool introduces three research themes: environmental impact of food production, the role of food consumption on health, and governance for fair food. Through lectures, workshops, group assignments, and excursions participants acquire insight in the complexity of food studies. Therefore this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackle these diverse challenges!

The human race is expected to grow from 7.8 billion people currently to 10 billion in 2030. According to some estimates this might be even close to 11 billion people. This poses an enormous challenge in terms of food, on a variety of dimensions. Can we make sure that there is sufficient food with proper nutritional value for affordable prices available for all, whilst respecting planetary boundaries and animal welfare? This is the multifaceted problem that asks for an interdisciplinary approach that is at the core of the summerschool 'Future Food: exploring sustainable solutions'. Utrecht University embraces this multifaceted problem in the Future Food Hub that encompasses four research themes: nature inspired food production, food fairness, immune resilience, and social and cultural change of food behaviour. These research themes will be introduced in this summer school, and will form the basis for further exploration by participants in the course. 

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

dr Mieke Lumens & Erwin van Sas


Mieke Lumens, PhD

Erwin van Sas, Ma.

Guest speakers, t.b.a. 

Target audience

This summerschool is targeting international students who are at the end of their undergraduate or beginning of their graduate studies. Also, professional who have an interest in food related issues can take part in this summerschool. Participants should be interested in interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems, which is the future food subject. We strive for a diverse group of participants, with background knowledge and experience in different academic and professional disciplines.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce and explore the multifaceted problem of future food from a sustainable and interdisciplinary perspective. The course participants acquire basic knowledge and experience in the complexity of future food studies.

Study load

This summerschool runs for two week consecutively, with mandatory contact hours every day. Throughout the course these contact hours can be lectures, seminars, expert meetings, and excursions. Next to this, during the course small groups of students will explore in more depth and breadth aspects of the future food problem and must present their findings to all participants at the end of the course during a closing seminar. The course in total adds up to 3 ECTS, which is equivalent to 84 hours.  


Course fee:
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Future Food Hub | E: FFU-education@uu.nl | T: 0031 30 253 9447 / 0031 253 9386


Application deadline: 20 May 2020