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Welcome to the Institute For Global Food Security

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is one of four Global Research Institutes at Queen's University Belfast, established to address key, international challenges - in this case, the integrity of our food systems.

Food and drink have become a global industry with many positive aspects - access, affordability, variety. Yet that industry is also faced with a number of conundrums:

  1. Soon there may not be enough food to feed a growing population
  2. The integrity of increasingly complex food supply chains is often compromised
  3. Deliberate food fraud is a growing crime
  4. Climate change throws up complications for the future of agriculture

Our researchers examine challenges to food integrity - nutritional, environmental, food-safety, animal-welfare - at each point of the foodchain, from farm to fork. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated IGFS an IAEA Collaborating Centre, recognising its global reach in food safety, authenticity and traceability. Our ASSET centre lab is listed as a Centre of Expertise by the Food Authenticity Network, a UK DEFRA initiative.


Institute for Global Food Security
Biological Sciences Building
19 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 6514

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More than 70 Principal Investigators (PIs) and their teams at IGFS, which is anchored in the School of Biological Sciences, aim to address challenges facing each link of the food chain 

  • IGFS is multi-disciplinary; researchers collaborate across schools and faculties (eg. Pharmacy, Geography, Medicine, Biological Sciences, Computer Science) and specialisms including sustainability, nutrition, agriculture and food safety
  • They routinely partner with industry for a solutions-led approach
  • Researchers help detect fraud and develop 'fingerprinting'; they study soil, crops, water and marine life, animal feed and animal welfare to promote higher standards
  • They trace chemicals (natural and manmade) and investigate the nutritional value of foods and the psychology of consumer choices

Our Governance Structure

UK #1
for both Food Science & Agriculture: Student Satisfaction *NSS 2020
UK #1
for both Food Science & Agriculture: Research Ranking *Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
UK #1

for Biological Sciences: Research Intensity

*Complete University Guide 2021
Global Top 200

for Food Science

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020
Global Top 200

for Agriculture

*QS World Rankings 2021
SDG Life Below Water: No 6 (out of 379 institutions)
SDG Life on Land: No 11 (out of 402 institutions)        *Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021