Mads Fischer-Moller


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Mads is professor of Food Policy at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC, and leader of SRUC’s upcoming Future Food Systems Research Centre, aiming at discovering transformation paths towards more sustainable food systems.
Mads has arrived at SRUC from a career in food policy. He was policy advisor to the Danish Government on nutrition, food culture, gastronomy and SME’s (2011-2015) and has most recently been responsible for all common Nordic food policy development and implementation in his position as senior advisor for food policy at the Nordic Council of Ministers. Here Mads was also leader of the Nordic Food Policy Lab; an initiative from the Nordic prime ministers aimed at communicating Nordic food policy solutions to global audiences through co-creating “policy labs” and active online outreach.

Research interests

I am a political scientist with an interest in food systems transformation. I am particularly interested in:

- The role of food policy and public-private partnerships as driver of wider food systems change

- The interlinkages between food consumption, planetary boundaries, public health and economic growth

- Food culture, food consumption and consumer behaviour

- Developing of niche phenomena ("pockets of future in the present") that can show new business opportunities that makes food systems transformation profitable



Leader of Nordic Food Policy Lab, an initiative from the 5 Nordic Prime Ministers established to inspire governments worldwide to increase their ambition in food policies for food systems transformation (600K £). Nordic Food Policy Lab | Nordic cooperation (

Previous employer

Aug 2015 to Aug 2020: Senior advisor, food policy, Nordic Council of Ministers

Aug 2009 to Aug 2015: Head of section and special advisor on SME's, nutrition, food culture and gastronomy, Danish Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Copenhagen

Award Date: 15 Jun 2009

External positions

Norges Forskningsråd

2021 → …


  • JA Political science (General)
  • food security
  • food policy
  • JN1187 Scotland
  • systems transformation
  • Agricultural policy
  • JS Local government Municipal government
  • Climate change
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Human Nutrition
  • Food consumption
  • food


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