Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons is science and technology director at the Institute of Ideas and a columnist for spiked, the online current affairs magazine that takes the attitude that ‘Humanity is Underrated’. He writes on a wide range of issues, but takes a particular interest in issues around the environment, food, energy and risk. He is also co-convenor of the IoI Economy Forum.

Rob’s book, Panic on a Plate: How society developed an eating disorder, was published by Societas in October 2011. He blogs about food at He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and also works as campaigns manager for Action on Consumer Choice.

 Related Sessions

Saturday, 5.15pm Lecture Theatre 1
Recycling is a waste of time

Sunday, 4.00pm Cafe
Will ethical shopping save the world?


Panic on a plate: how society developed an eating disorder (Imprint Academic, 2011)

Sweet Truth – Is there a market failure in sugar? (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2015)

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