Detection of Bioanalytes Using a Novel 3D Printed Sensor Technique
Climate change is accelerating, and immediate action is needed to slow down its impacts. The food system, which contributes to nearly 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions, is a major player in this global challenge. Unhealthy diets, often characterised by lower intake of fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains and higher intake of meat, not only harm the environment through increased greenhouse gas emissions and resource use, but also contribute to non-communicable diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Both Germany and Scotland are actively working towards environmentally sustainable food systems. In 2022, Germany presented the ‘Path to the Federal Government’s Nutrition Strategy’, which aims to promote healthy and sustainable dietary patterns and resource-friendly approaches. Similarly, Scotland has passed the Good Food Nation Act, which plans to improve food outcomes for health, environmental sustainability, and economic development.
In alignment with these governmental strategies, this research project firstly aims to develop potential food policy scenarios. Then, leveraging Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, we will simulate how these policies affect consumer food purchasing behavior, incorporating market dynamics and consumer preferences. Finally, health, environmental, and economic impacts associated with the changed behaviors will be quantified using microsimulation modeling, enabling a comprehensive assessment.
By examining the complex interplay between policy, market forces, and consumer preferences, this research seeks to identify key drivers and barriers to the adoption of sustainable diets. The findings will inform targeted policies and interventions that effectively promote sustainable food consumption patterns, ultimately contributing to climate change mitigation and public health improvement.
“The Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme provides a platform for collaboration with researchers from different countries and encourages the exchange of different perspectives, methodologies, and best practices.
By analyzing policy interventions and consumer behavior, we can gain valuable insights into effective strategies for promoting sustainable diets and influencing positive change at both individual and societal levels.“
“By bringing together two institutions with complementary goals, our project gains diverse perspectives, resources, and expertise, enabling the analysis of complex factors which shape sustainable food consumption patterns in both countries.
I’m really excited about this opportunity, as it will expand the scope of my PhD research and allow me to explore new areas, such as econometrics, which I wouldn’t have been able to do without this fellowship.“
Jonas Stehl is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Göttingen and a member of the Research Training Group Sustainable Food Systems. He holds a master’s degree in development economics. In his current doctoral research, Jonas focuses on the intersection of food security, nutrition, and climate change. His interdisciplinary approach combines economic analysis with statistical modeling to develop a deeper understanding of the social and environmental dimensions of food security and nutrition.
Alexander Vonderschmidt is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh where he focuses his research on sustainable food systems. His work involves using simulation modelling to predict health & environmental impacts of diet transitions, as well as incorporating machine learning techniques for enhanced diet—disease risk prediction. Originally from Kansas, Alexander received his BS in Dietetics and his BA in French Literature from Kansas State University. He earned his MS in Nutritional Epidemiology and his registered dietitian credential from Cornell University.