Dr Michael Heasman


Michael has worked as a social scientist specialising in food and nutrition policy, food business and society, and food systems for more than 25 years. His work has focused on food consumption problems, in particular ‘healthy eating’ and the impact of nutrition advice on food business and food marketing, innovation and strategy. He has also completed projects on community food security, local food economies, sustainable food systems, food regulation, the competitiveness of SME food businesses, jobs and skills in UK food business, and the UK’s industrial strategy in relation to food manufacturing. In recent years Michael’s work has focused on teaching and learning and he has held senior lecturer roles at universities in Denmark and the UK.


Food business and society; food system sustainability; transnational teaching and learning


Qingdao Agricultural University programme


Michael has co-authored three books: Food Wars: The Global Battle for Mouths, Minds and Markets (with Professor Tim Lang, 2nd Edition, 2015), The Functional Foods Revolution: Healthy People, Healthy Profits? (2001) and Consumption in the Age of Affluence: The World of Food (1996).

Briefing reports include: Sumner, J.; Heasman, M. and Nguyen, T. (November 2017). Appetite for Global Success: How food and drink manufacturing through the industrial strategy can feed UK prosperity and serve global needs. London: ResPublica. Available at: http://www.respublica.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Appetite-for-Global-Success-1.pdf and Heasman, M. and Morley, A. (May 2017). Earning a Crust: A review of labour trends in UK food manufacturing. London: Food Research Collaboration Policy Brief. Available at: http://foodresearch.org.uk/review-of-labour-trends-uk-food-manufacturing/