FGWG (co)sponsored sessions at RGSIBG2020

TitleSession organisers
Boundaries, Borders and De-colonising Food GeographiesMoya Kneafsey, CAWR, Coventry University
Eifiona Thomas Lane, Prifysgol Bangor University
Imogen Bell-Howard, Institute of Development Studies
Rebecca Sandover, Exeter University
Agatha Herman, Cardiff University                     
Breaking the rural-urban border: upscaling urban agriculture as a food systems solutionLael Walsh, Lancaster University.  
Bethan R. Mead , University of Liverpool
Food Sovereignty after Brexit (Workshop)Humphrey Lloyd, Land Workers Alliance
Food Urbanism. Landscapes of exchange, interaction and attach
Claudia Lucia Rojas Bernal, University of Sheffield
Monica Rivera Muñoz, Urban Andes  
Good Food for All’? Overcoming borders between alternative food and anti-hunger activismMarit Rosol, University of Calgary
Charlotte Spring, University of Calgary/ University of Sheffield
Nutrition from the wild: the bordering of cultivated and uncultivated foods  Bhaskar Vira
Charlotte Milbank
Public  Food Procurement – defining and working within bordersMark Stein, University of Salford
Transformational food geographies? Pushing new boundaries in exploring markets, ‘consumers’ and food systemsJonathan Beacham, University of Bristol
David Evans, University of Bristol
 Developing Food Geographies Lucy Jackman, Swansea University
Jack Pickering, Cardiff University
Helen Traill, Glasgow University
Geographies of tourism and food: intersecting travel and sustainable food futuresGordon Waitt, University of Wollongong
Anna de Jong, University of Surrey
Food planning. Farming, public action and food for cities: spaces and scalesEsther Sanz Sanz, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
Claude Napoleone, French National Institute for Agricultural Research

Please consult with the RGS-IBG 2020 advertised sessions webpage for detailed information:


CfP RGS2020: Food Urbanism. Landscapes of exchange, interaction and attachment

In recent decades, landscape has taken a central role in territorial planning and design. Landscape urbanism has focused on blurring artificial and natural environments challenging traditional concepts of city, periphery, urban or rural and addressing urgent environmental challenges. Through a range of theoretical and empirical studies, scholars have highlighted the interconnectedness of supply systems (water, food, energy) and urban areas, the ecological impacts of industrial, agro-industrial and post-industrial production systems and the configuration of new types of urbanity. This panel seeks to interrogate the interplay between cultural practices and food production and consumption.. We seek to draw attention to the tensions between global processes and local landscapes. We aim to explore how landscapes of food (peri-urban agricultural land, allotments, high streets, markets) constitute not only territories of resources exchange but also territories of resistance and tradition as much as of innovation and construction of renewed identities.  We invite papers that draw on mapping methods and story-telling to visualize and analyse the ways in which the interplays between food and urbanism create boundaries, and borders in urban and peri-urban areas at multiple scales. 

Session organisers:

Dr. Claudia Lucia Rojas Bernal – University of Sheffield (c.rojas-bernal@sheffield.ac.uk)

Dr. Monica Rivera Muñoz – Programa Urban Andes, Peru (monicariveraec@hotmail.com)

CfP RGS2020: Food Sovereignty after Brexit

Leaving the EU presents both threats and opportunities to our food system in at least 3 key areas: Subsidies and support, environmental regulation and migrant labour. What might a local and resilient food system look like in this changing political landscape, and how do we organise on the ground to achieve it? 

Session organiser:

Humphrey Lloyd (humphreylloydis@gmail.com)

CfP RGS2020: Food planning. Farming, public action and food for cities: spaces and scales

Food concerns simultaneously health, well-being, social equity, justice and environmental issues. In the current context of global change and contestation of the dominant industrial model of food production and consumption, feeding the cities in a sustainable way is a key concern for urban political agendas. In this context, policy is being developing to relocalise urban food supply. Local food is actually seen as healthier. Furthermore, the production of local food challenges unsustainable farming practices and questions the capacity of local farming systems to supply enough and diversified food for the proximity market.

Some questions arise in the framing of urban food policy:  

– Which are the spaces for urban and periurban production? Is there any landscape pattern identifying farmland whose production is locally consumed?

– Which production and consumption model? To whom and by whom? Which role for public action?

– Which are the pertinent scales to design and implement policies to produce food for the city? Which are the possibilities for up-scaling localized initiatives?

– Which urban planning and design facilitate urban and periurban agriculture?

– Which (spatial) organization for proximity food chains?

This session seeks to brings together the expert opinions of researchers, politicians, non-profits, planners, farmers and chefs to highlight the drivers of change in the context of global change and to present a suite of policy and economic options that can be adopted by communities, cities and/or the state.

Session organisers:

Esther SANZ SANZ, research fellow on Geography and Urban Studies at ZALF (Germany): sanz.esther@gmail.com
Claude NAPOLEONE, senior researcher on Economy at INRA (France)

CfP RGS2020: Breaking the rural-urban border: upscaling urban agriculture as a food systems solution

The discourse around transforming urban spaces into productive environments for urban agriculture (UA) is gaining prominence as researchers and policy makers seek nature-based solutions to address rising levels of food insecurity, political upheaval that jeopardises food imports, health and mental wellness challenges.

Breaking down the rural-urban border and reconnecting urban populations with food production may benefit population health and ease environmental and land use pressures. Yet urban growing faces challenges in the form of poor linkages between urban grown food and the food economy, barriers to transitioning UA from an informal activity for recreation to a foundational component of the food system, infrastructure and environmental constraints as well as inadequate husbandry skills and knowledge gaps which may hinder sustainable yields.

In this session, we welcome submissions exploring upscaling UA, such as research or examples of international best practice, which address the successes and challenges faced when increasing urban growing at different scales. We welcome research or practical knowledge of urban growing in both high technology and traditional urban growing environments. Sessions may also consider the institutional, financial, social and knowledge capital barriers and opportunities to UA. We welcome contributions from various disciplines, different geographies and grower perspectives.

Session organisers:

Dr Lael Walsh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lancaster Environment Centre. Lancaster University.
Email: lael.walsh@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Bethan R. Mead, Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool.
Email: b.mead@liverpool.ac.uk

CfP RGS2020: Boundaries as interfaces in relations of food production and consumption

The great majority of our food comes from beyond the realms of our daily lives. Food then often seems to be understood as channelled by logistics, by a chain that returns products that are somewhat emptied of space. In how far and how can the concept of boundaries help in segmenting and analytically reconnecting chains to local processes, e.g. to workplaces, work and consumption practices and natural processes? Boundaries here are understood as interfaces between local and global processes, and as demarcating the steps that make food travel. Presentations may focus on how boundaries are created and maintained in food supply chains, dragonhead enterprises or Global Value Chains, but also on how and what kind of segments e.g. blockchain technology creates. They may look into formal and informal practices of creating and maintaining boundaries, e.g. at how standards delineate which products belong “into” or “out” of the chain, and who may or may not form part of the chain. Boundaries as interfaces then also invites looking at resulting differences between actors, practices and products “inside” and “outside of” the chain, e.g. how they produce different kinds of – yet connected – landscapes, products and communities.

Session organiser: Bettina Bluemling, University of Stavanger (bettina.bluemling[at]uis.no)

CfP RGS2020: : Boundaries, Borders and De-colonising Food Geographies

In many ways, the praxis of decolonisation involves transgressing borders of all kinds – borders of the mind and body, borders with symbolic and material qualities, borders which create inclusions and exclusions, and borders operating with multiple spatio-temporal dimensions. In this session, we seek papers or other creative interventions which apply theories and practices of decolonisation to engage with the concept of borders, borderlands and bordering in relation to ‘food geographies.’ Papers are particularly welcomed from applied, inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches directed towards achieving fairer, holistic and sustainable food cultures, including more responsive and responsible food supply chains from a wide range of technical food-spaces or traditional foodscapes. Contributions from new researchers or from shared group based/community projects drawn from a wide range of geographical contexts are encouraged as these sessions aim to be as inclusive and interdisciplinary as possible.

This two-part session will explore responses to the conference themes drawn from within and across food systems boundaries. We welcome papers which address the following questions, and others, related to the broad themes of ‘decolonising’ and ‘borders’ in food geographies:

  • How are borders and boundaries constructed in relation to food geographies, and how do these processes relate to colonial / neo-colonial / de-colonial movements?
  • What borders and boundaries exist within local, regional and ‘alternative’ food systems and/or movements and what are the impacts of these borders and boundaries?
  • How do food geographies interact with each other across borders and boundaries and what are the implications of this interaction for different people, in different places and at different times (through for example, trade, land grabs, patents, aid, research, investment and counter movements of resistance and food sovereignty)?

The second session of discussants will feedback from a short series RGS Funded Decolonising Food Geographies seminars delivered in 2020. This will facilitate wider critical discussion of the seminar outcomes to excite new collaborative and innovative cross-institutional development and to break down barriers and boundaries in food geographies.

Session organisers:

Prof Moya Kneafsey – CAWR, Coventry University
Dr. Eifiona Thomas Lane – Prifysgol Bangor University
Dr. Imogen Bell-Howard – Institute of Development Studies
Dr. Rebecca Sandover – Exeter University
Dr.Agatha Herman – Cardiff University

FGWG 2020 Seminar and Workshop Series: Diversity, Difference and Decolonisation in Food Geographies

Dialogue 1: Diversity in Food Geographies, hosted by the Institute of Developments Studies, Brighton, April 21st, 2020.

Invitation to seminar and workshop on ‘diversity in food geographies’, April 21st, Brighton

The Food Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society is planning three events in 2020, to open up dialogues on based on the theme of ‘diversity, difference and decolonisation in food geographies’. These events will be opportunities to connect with other food geographers and food studies scholars, as well as community food organisations, food producers and activists, to consider common agendas and hopefully spark new collaborations.  Students and early career researchers are more than welcome to these events.

The events will open a wide range of questions including, what does it mean to decolonise diets? What are the colonial roots of contemporary inequalities and trauma relating to food? What are the impacts of corporate food systems on marginalised and vulnerable groups in Britain? Why is the experience of black and minority ethnic populations often neglected in research on food poverty and diet-related ill-health in Britain? How do Britain’s food geographies interact with food geographies elsewhere and what are the implications (through for example, trade, aid, research and investment)? What methods could be used to address these questions and what teaching resources are needed to start decolonising food geographies curricula? Whilst our focus is on geographies, we would like to draw from across disciplinary boundaries, such as history, anthropology, sociology, feminist and critical race studies and Indigenous and grassroots scholarship. The aim is to create opportunities for open discussion, where new questions can be raised and where participants can collectively develop a better understanding of diversity, difference and decolonialism in relation to food geographies.

The first event will be a workshop and seminar to be held at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, on April 21st, with others to follow at Bangor University (May 11th) and Coventry University (July – date tbc).

We’re inviting attendees to the Brighton event first. It’ll comprise a morning workshop with members of Brighton and Hove Food partnership. Attendees will have the chance to present their own work, or approaches they’re interested in, to inform a practical discussion on recognising diversity in food research and activism. This will be followed by an afternoon seminar with colleagues from IDS, considering academic frameworks and methods for considering diversity in food studies across the global north and south. Again, attendees will have a chance to present.

This will be a small, friendly event. Though it’s largely planned, we welcome suggestions on the programme from those interested in attending.

The Bangor event, to be advertised soon, will be more focused on food production and rural food poverty. The Coventry event in July is likely to focus on what it means to decolonise food scholarship including teaching and learning resources.

We do have some limited funds to support travel for PhD students and community scholars and will decide how to allocate those once we get numbers.

Please could anyone interested in attending the Brighton event let us know by 10th February? For the Brighton event, please get in touch with Imogen Bellwood-Howard at I.Bellwood-Howard@ids.ac.uk

CfP RGS2020: Developing Food Geographies

From research on everyday consumption to international food chains, notions of bordering, borders and borderlands are significant in food geographies. This session aims to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers, those in the academic borderlands, who are addressing food in their research to celebrate and discuss their work in a supportive and informal environment. Theoretical, speculative, reflexive, and exploratory papers are welcome, alongside empirical papers and creative contributions. Papers do not have to fill the entire time slot allocated, with discussion and questions actively encouraged. We especially welcome contributions that focus on the movement of food across borders; food and culture; food and social inequalities/injustices; and the production, negotiation, or overcoming of borders.

Session organisers:

Lucy Jackman (917862@swansea.ac.uk)
Jack Pickering (PickeringJ4@cardiff.ac.uk)
Helen Traill (Helen.Traill@glasgow.ac.uk

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