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 urbanising human population with increasing living standards, life expectancy, and incidences of chronic diseases, while recognizing the limits of our planet. This summer school introduces three research themes: environmental impact of food production, food consumption and health, and governance for fair food. Through lectures, workshops, assignments, and excursions, participants acquire insight in the complexity of food studies.

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 summer school '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. 

Because of the nature of the course this summer school will be offered face-to-face, with possibly some online components. Presence in Utrecht is required.

Course director
Dr. Mieke Lumens & Erwin van Sas


Mieke Lumens, PhD

Erwin van Sas, MA

Guest speakers, t.b.a. 

Target audience

This summer school is targeting international students who are at the end of their undergraduate or beginning of their graduate studies. Also, professionals 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.

Aim of the course

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 summer school runs for two weeks 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:
Fee covers
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School


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

Motivation Letter
Reference Letter

More information

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


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
20 May 2021