Sponsored Sessions at RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International Conference

RGS-IBG has published the provisional programme for the 2018 Annual International Conference that will take place between 28-31 Aug 2018 at Cardiff University. Check here for all sessions sponsored by us! Continue reading “Sponsored Sessions at RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International Conference”

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Call for abstracts for a book chapter: ‘Food for Degrowth: Principles, Case Studies and Challenges’

How can we produce, consume and preserve food for degrowth in urban settings? To what extent is urban food sufficiency and resilience possible? How can we redesign food provisioning in cities and towns to overcome current limitations?

Understanding ‘food for degrowth’ as sets of practices along the food chain, this book will explore actual and possible degrowth projects in cities and towns that reduce energy and material consumption while re-valuing the social and environmental values and practices that make us human and sustain us. Following the publication of Housing for Degrowth, the planned Food for Degrowth book seeks to examine how food is experienced in and across the city, joining with other urban elements such as water, energy, waste, built form, mobility and planning. We propose a scholarly-activist book on food for degrowth exploring many environmental, social, political and economic issues. Contributions will interrogate existing models and potential alternatives. We plan to include diverse examples from villages and cities around the world that showcase exemplary food for degrowth practices, identify lessons from key experiments, and analyse and reflect on how we can vastly improve how urban food systems can be experienced and performed.

As co-editors, we welcome abstracts that show chapters exploring:

  • how food practices can be simplified, e.g. substituting energy-intensive take-away meals to low impact local and homegrown alternatives
  • how those in precarious situations can eat well by applying degrowth principles
  • how to overcome limitations for achieving sustainable urban food practices
  • how concepts such as permaculture’s home as ‘Zone 0’ can enhance degrowth
  • Collective and convivial degrowth food activities
  • traditional and modern approaches from the Global South and North
  • more ideas from you!

Along the food chain, topics may include:

  • production of specific foods, such as bees, chickens, fruit trees, fish, and insects
  • processing opportunities, such as cheese making, preservation and fermentation
  • factors for growing, hunting and gleaning food, such as soil, water and forests
  • aspects of consumption, such as ethical eating
  • storage, waste and redistribution, such as re-using surplus food and compost.

Would you like to contribute a chapter?

From this initial call for contributions we will select proposals based on the relevance, strength and depth of the topic or theme and overall fit to the book project more broadly. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss how your abstract would best suit this publication. We expect to decide on successful contributors by February with first drafts of 4000–5000 words due in at the end of May. Meanwhile, we co-editors will submit a proposal to a reputable publisher such as Routledge (Environmental Humanities series). A peer-review process will inform second draft revisions during 2019, with final drafts due in September. We are looking for contributions from social science researchers in any relevant disciplines and fields such as: environmental humanities, sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental studies, design, political ecology, permaculture and political economy.

We encourage you to engage by email with book editors with any questions regarding the formation of your abstract.

Abstract deadline: 15 December 2018


  • Ferne Edwards, Research Fellow, RMIT Europe, Barcelona: ferne.edwards@rmit.edu.au
  • Anitra Nelson, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne: anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au

Bagels and bytes: Geographies of food in our precarious present

American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting
Washington DC, April 10-14, 2019

Sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, and Political Geography Specialty Group

The uproar over Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order in September 2018 reminds us of the contentious and politicized nature of eating, where ideas of food are increasingly mediated by digital and fragmented representations. This CFP delves into uneasiness over food in our precarious present. Bagels evoke clashes over culture, cuisine and place. Bagels are also symbolic of how we can never tell the whole story of food: something is always missing. We can only ‘follow the thing’ so far and in so many directions. As geographers, we face a unique challenge to choose the most interesting aspects of a commodity, to delve into the most significant aspects of everyday practice. What stories about food do we need to tell to understand our precarious present? And how should we promote more just relations through food? Continue reading “Bagels and bytes: Geographies of food in our precarious present”

Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North

Rosita T. Ilieva, Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North, Routledge: London, 2016, pp. xviii + 267. ISBN 9781138998483, £88.99 (Hbk)

Reviewer: Giles O’Donovan, PhD Candidate, University of Aberdeen, UK

When introducing urban food planning, Rosita Ilieva immediately acknowledges the vast landscape of research in the field, noting the ‘complexity’ and ‘mindboggling diversity’ (xiii) of initiatives related to food and urban planning. Due to this complexity, she seeks to “take the pulse of urban food planning as an evolving practice and domain of practices” (xiii), providing an overview of current approaches to urban food planning, and highlighting its achievements and opportunities for further development by different actors in the planning community. Case studies from the global north were chosen because ‘rich’ cities have significant local and global impacts that are often undervalued. This approach argues that there are many areas that need to be further developed, especially those operating within distinct economic, governmental or environmental constraints. This aligns with other research in the field that notes the need for greater consideration of food in urban planning (c.f., Morgan 2015). Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North”

Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs

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Megan BlakeUniversity of Sheffield


The volume of edible food that is wasted is staggering. In 2017, the UN estimated that almost a third of all food that is produced is discarded. Edible food makes up approximately 1.3 gigatonnes of this (one gigatonne is a billion tonnes). For comparison, one tonne of wasted food is about the equivalent of 127 large plastic bin bags. This not only represents a phenomenal loss in terms of food that could feed people, but also a loss in resources such as water, labour power, soil nutrients, transportation energy and so forth.  Continue reading

Research Opportunity with SHARECITY at Trinity College Dublin

The Department of Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin [Ireland], is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work for a period of 24 months with Professor Anna Davies on the ERC-funded project SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies and additional projects with Professor Anna Davies, Principle Investigator of SHARECITY, Chair of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College. SHARECITY is funded by the European Research Council and is a collaborative, multi-phased investigation of the phenomenon of ICT-mediated food sharing in cities. Continue reading “Research Opportunity with SHARECITY at Trinity College Dublin”

Reflections on the Place-Based Food Systems Conference 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen

by Ciska Ulug

Last week (August 9-10th, 2018), I attended the Place-Based Food Systems: Making the Case, Making It Happen conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. While revamping the food system tends to focus more on “local” and “sustainable”, the highlighting “place-based” acknowledges the importance of our food systems role in the broader movement in creating a more sustainable society. Continue reading “Reflections on the Place-Based Food Systems Conference 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen”

Book Review: Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience

Book Review: Bosso, C. (Ed.). (2017).  Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience, Routledge, New York, ISBN:978-1-138-64725-1, 196 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

Reviewed by: Roxana Maria Triboi, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban planning, Bucharest, Romania

Food scandals, increasing urbanization, the mounting evidence of environmental impact from intensive agricultural practices, and other factors in the last two decades have shifted the discussion on food from urgency and hunger in the Global South toward questions of ethics, sustainability and resilience in the Global North. How these considerations of the crisis of “modern” food and agricultural systems have commutated from global to local concerns and interventions (e.g. the shift from increased productivity to ‘community resilience’) is of central concern for Christopher Bosso in his book “Feeding the cities: Ethical and Policy Issues in Urban Food Systems”. This publication is based on the results of a workshop at the Northeastern University of Boston. This volume gathers cutting-edge papers on topics related to food system vulnerabilities, challenges and best practices from different perspectives: social, ecological, political and ethical in the United States exclusively, approaching some aspects of present-day food safety and food security concerns over global food system practices. Continue reading “Book Review: Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience”

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