- Sustainable food systems
- Food policy
- Food system transformation
- Multi-stakeholder collaboration
- Transdisciplinary research
- Qualitative analysis
- Nordic region
Amanda Wood works with a wide range of food system actors to link the science on sustainable food systems with policy and practice
Wood is currently funded by a FORMAS mobility grant to work with a wide range of academic partners, policy makers and other food system actors to co-develop transformative action pathways towards sustainable food systems in the Nordic region.
Through this work, she is partnering with several other large food system projects such as MISTRA Food Futures, the North Western Paths sustainable food system modelling project, and the Norwegian NOR-Eden project.
Along with Malin Jonell, she co-leads the Food for Resilience theme at SRC, which brings together the diverse food-related researchers at the centre. The theme focuses their activities on three core areas: navigating the solution space, transdisciplinary approaches for food system transformation, and food system resilience and equity in the Anthropocene.
Given her focus on transdisciplinary research, outreach and stakeholder engagement is a large part of Wood’s work. She works closely with the Nordic Council of Ministers, for example, leading the project Towards sustainable Nordic food systems (2019-2021). This was a collaboration across the five Nordic countries which brought over 115 stakeholders together in a series of dialogues to explore ‘what’s next’ when it comes to sustainable Nordic food systems. Read more about the dialogues here.
She has worked with EAT on several projects, including the EAT-Lancet Commission as well as the project Deep Demonstration on Resilient Food Systems and Diets funded by EIT Climate-KIC (2020) and in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers (2020). The result of the latter project was the Cookbook for systems change, which applied the mission-based approach to transformation of Nordic food systems .
Wood also contributes on the sustainability committee of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations during the 2022 revision.
Wood completed her Masters of Public Health and PhD in public policy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her doctoral work focused on policy development of food labelling regulation, specifically analyzing the drivers of complex policy-making processes and the influence of different stakeholder groups on the policy development process.
Prior to her role as a researcher, Wood worked with SRC and EAT as a postdoctoral fellow on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems.
- FORMAS mobility grant (2019-01579)
- Benchmarking the Swedish Diet Relative to Global and National Environmental Targets
- Nordic food system transformation series
- Cookbook for systems change – Nordic innovation strategies for sustainable food systems
- EAT-Lancet Commission report
- Nordic food systems for improved health and sustainability report
News articles with Wood, Amanda
Research news | 2022-11-03
Sustainability claims behind booming food technologies lack evidence
Money is pouring into food tech. But despite rosy claims, food innovations are rarely empirically assessed from a broader sustainability perspective.
Research news | 2021-03-02
Eight ways to change Nordic food and lifestyles
Transforming food systems is a shortcut to more sustainable lifestyles. Insights from a Nordic collaboration reveal significant potential for change
Research news | 2021-02-15
Hungry for change
Centre researcher Amanda Wood explains why food is a crucial but very challenging place to start a global sustainability transformation
Research news | 2021-01-27
What the Nordics can do to fix the food systems
The Nordic countries’ most important global contribution to achieving food related sustainability goals may come from their strong innovation networks