Dr Caroline Wood

Dr Caroline Wood


Caroline works as a policy officer for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation. She has a high interest in building sustainable food systems and writes blogs for the STFC Food Network+, which encourages collaborations between different areas of science to improve food security. Outside work, she enjoys hill walking, painting and working on a novel.


Caroline studied a PhD in parasitic weeds at the University of Sheffield, researching plants that feed off other plants. During this, she undertook a Fellowship at the UK Parliament, researching policy options to reduce plastic waste from food packaging. She has worked as a freelance science writer for over ten years, and has written a range of educational resources, features for learned societies and articles on topical issues for the news portal The Conversation.

Articles by Dr Caroline Wood

How does smell affect the way we experience food?

It may surprise you just how important our noses are when it comes to eating!

3 Resilient Crops For Changing Climates

What are the characteristics of these climate-ready underdogs?

How Does Texture Affect the Way We Eat?

Can texture really make foods taste better?

When Less is More: A Portrait of No-till Farming

A soil-first approach to building resilient local food systems

Vitamin D Supplements | How It’s Made

Is it really sunshine in a pill?

How Does Colour Affect The Way We Eat?

Colour changes how we experience food.

Environmentally-friendly Packaging | Which is Best?

How do we decide which material is the best choice for the environment?

Should We Bring Back The Buffet?

Yes, but a better one.

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