Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF)

The Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) carries out world-class research into food geographies - with a special attention for the role of cities and regions. It builds on the interdisciplinary expertise of our long–established food research community at Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography and Sustainable Places Research Institute to promote research, teaching and post-graduate training in the area of sustainable urban and regional food systems.

The Centre’s aims are:

  • To design and take forward interdisciplinary and path-breaking research on urban and regional food systems.
  • To provide a focus for the School’s already extensive policy, advisory and stakeholder engagement activities from global (FAO, European Commission, WFP and UN-HABITAT) to national/local (DEFRA, Scottish and Welsh Government) work.
  • To disseminate research that contributes to meet today’s grand challenges about food security, sustainability and justice.
  • To support the training, career development and funding of researchers working on sustainable food systems.

For more information on the the work of SURF, please contact:

Professor Roberta Sonnino
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75781

Information about the School's MSc Food, Space and Society programme can be found here.