Dr Helen Harwatt

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

Helen Harwatt


Dr Helen Harwatt is a senior research fellow in the Environment and Society Centre at Chatham House.

Helen focuses on food system shifts to identify pathways towards creating Paris-compliant food systems that minimize adverse environmental impacts, maximize public health benefits and address ethical issues.

She is a frequent panellist and speaker at conferences and events around the world, and is currently part of the leadership team for Action Track 2 of the UN Food Systems Summit.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Helen completed a research fellowship at Harvard Law School, exploring dietary shifts from animal to plant-based as an option for meeting climate goals and restoring native ecosystems, and remains a visiting fellow.

Helen has completed several additional research fellowships in the UK and USA, and worked with NGOs to design food procurement assessment schemes and tools for the food service sector.

View a list of publications on ResearchGate.

Past experience

2018 - present Food & Climate Policy Fellow, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School
2016-18 Independent researcher
2013-16 Environmental Nutrition Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
2010-13 Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds
2006-10 Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds