Carolyn Steel

Carolyn Steel is a London-based architect, author and academic and a leading thinker on food and cities. She wrote the award-winning Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (2008) and Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World (2020) and her concept of sitopia, or food-place (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place) has gained broad recognition across a range of fields in design, ecology, academia and the arts. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects, Carolyn studied architecture at Cambridge University and has since taught at Cambridge, London Metropolitan University, Wageningen University, the Slow Food University and at the London School of Economics, where she was inaugural studio director of the Cities programme. Her lecture series on Food and the City, given at Cambridge between 2002-12, was the first of its kind. Carolyn is currently a Research Fellow at Aeres University in the Netherlands. She is a trustee of the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery, Living Medicine and Sitopia Farm. She writes and broadcasts regularly about food, cities and culture both in the UK and abroad and is in international demand as a speaker. Her 2009 TEDGlobal talk has received more than one million views and she has twice been featured on special editions of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Special subjects

Sitopia, Food and the City

Languages spoken

English, plus bad French, Italian and German

Regular work

Writing and researching

Advisory boards / Awards

Rome Scholar (British School at Rome) 1995-6 Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for non-fiction (Hungry City) UK Guild of Food Writers Best Food Book Award (Sitopia) Wainwright Prize Shortlist (Sitopia) The Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery (trustee) Sitopia Farm (trustee) Living Medicine (trustee)

Commercial interests


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