Professor Sir Charles Godfray

Director, Oxford Martin School


Professor Sir Charles Godfray was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School on 1 February 2018.

He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, including constraints over water, soil, biodiversity and land.

He is particularly interested in how we can increase agricultural yields without damaging the environment, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

He is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology.

In 2017 he was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.

He is Lead Researcher on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.


  • Food production
  • Agriculture
  • Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • Pest management

Media experience

Sir Charles has extensive experience of interviews for media including national print and broadcast.