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Christian Reynolds

Senior Lecturer in Food Policy, City, University of London

Dr Christian Reynolds is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Food Policy, City University, London; and is the Senior Tutor for Research at the Centre for Food Policy.

Christian is recognised as a global expert on food loss and waste and sustainable diets. He has worked on these issues in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the UK, US, and Europe. He is the lead editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste (2019); he has also co-authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, as well as multiple reports and book chapters. Christian has given evidence to UK and NZ parliaments on FLW and contributed to the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard. Christian also researches sustainable cookery; food history; and the political power of food in international relations.

Christian is the Principle Investigator of 1) AHRC US-UK Food Digital Scholarship Network, which provides a platform for US and UK cultural institutions, and researchers to network around the topic of food. 2) the NERC Sustainable Plastics Packaging project: "Reducing plastic packaging and food waste through product innovation simulation." This project expands and enhances the Household Simulation Model to focus on plastic food packaging to help manufactures provide the right
type of packaging to reduce both food and plastic waste. the Household Simulation Model is currently used by WRAP and industry to reduce food waste in many food products.

From 2017 to 2020, Christian was employed WRAP as Technical Specialist in international food sustainability. In 2017-18 Christian worked on integrating healthy sustainable eating and food waste reduction messages on a wide variety of projects including the EU-LIFE funded TRiFOCAL project. From 2018-2020 Christian moved to the WRAP Global team, working on Food Waste and Sustainable Eating, working on the REFRESH project, and with multiple global partners including the World Bank, NRDC, and WWF.

Christian and an adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield, and at the Barbara Hardy Institute for Sustainable Environments and Technologies, University of South Australia.

From 2016-2020 Christian was a Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow (N8 AgriFood project) at the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, and a STFC Food network+ Champion.

From 2014-2016, Christian was employed as a Public Health Research Fellow at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, where he looked at healthy sustainable diets for high and low income groups using linear programming and agent based modelling.

In 2020, Christian was awarded the Alpro foundation, Scientific Paper award for Young Scientists for his research on Affordable, healthy and sustainable diets for all income groups in the UK.

In 2019, Christian was awarded "best presentation" at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery for his research on sustainable cookery.

In 2014, Christian was a finalist in the PhD Research Excellence – Life or Environmental Sciences category of the South Australian Science Excellence Awards; and was the Waste Management Association of Australia, Young Professionals NSW 2012 Scholarship recipient.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecurer, City, University of London
  • 2016–2020
    Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow , University of Sheffield
  • 2017–2020
    Technical Specialist in International Food Sustainability, WRAP
  • 2014–2016
    Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
  • 2013–2014
    Research Fellow, University of South Australia