RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize

The FGWG is pleased to offer a 1st place Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of £ 100 and a 2nd place of £ 50. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student at a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertations that exhibit the best overall contributions to the wide range of issues relating to Food Geographies. The dissertation should be of first class standard and be submitted by the students Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge. Continue reading “RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize”

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Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?

Wednesday 27th June 2018,
Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield
Symposium Chairs: Dr John Lever, Dr Fiona Cheetham and Prof. Morven McEachern

This one-day symposium is hosted by SURGE’s Sustainable & Resilient Communities research group in Huddersfield Business School. The conference aims to bring together NGOs, business and academics interested in the area of food waste and the circular economy. The circular economy is gaining momentum and is seen by some as solving the issues created by our ‘traditional’ linear economy (take, make, use, dispose… with waste and pollution at every stage). This symposium will explore how, to what extent, and in what ways donations of food waste helps to address the challenges posed by sustainability and the notion of a circular economy.  Continue reading “Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?”

The role of cities in delivering food security and sustainability outcomes: a social-ecological perspective

This workshop aims to co-produce new knowledge around how different cities tackle sustainability and food security challenges by analysing their distinct social-ecological configurations and their diverse food policies and governance systems. This participative space will include international experts and practitioners and will be restricted to 20 participants. This workshop is linked to the event “The new urban food agenda”. Continue reading “The role of cities in delivering food security and sustainability outcomes: a social-ecological perspective”

Call for papers on “Critical perspectives on Edible Urban Landscapes”

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, 2018

Session sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group

Session Convenors: Rebecca St. Clair (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Michael Hardman (University of Salford)

In recent years, Urban Agriculture (UA) literature has moved beyond an advocacy perspective with numerous critical and food justice scholars highlighting potentially problematic aspects of the practice (e.g. Heynen, Kurtz, & Trauger, 2012; McClintock, 2017; Tornaghi, 2014). Authors have drawn attention to the potential for UA initiatives to contribute towards the stimulation of gentrification and to further entrench neoliberal structures through the provision of services traditionally offered by the state (DeLind, 2014; Ghose & Pettygrove, 2014), while a characteristically heavy reliance upon volunteer labour has raised questions regarding the practice’s role in the development of a more socially just food system (Rosol, 2012). Furthermore, while UA is recognised for its associated therapeutic, health, community and social benefits, the significance of its impact on urban food systems has been questioned (Bell & Cerulli, 2012) and it is unclear whether cities – particularly those in the Global North – can effectively feed their citizens through the practice of UA.

This session seeks to explore critical perspectives of UA research and would particularly (but not exclusively) welcome presentations on the following areas:

  • The success of funded institution-led UA projects (as compared with grassroots activities)
  • The nature and use of dynamic city spaces – the potential for temporary or ‘meanwhile’ urban growing sites
  • Productive urban landscapes – the ability of UA to feed cities
  • UA and food poverty – the potential for productive urban landscapes to contribute towards a more just food system and to alleviate urban food insecurity
  • UA and volunteering – the role of UA in empowering communities (or otherwise)

Please send abstracts of a maximum of 250 words to Rebecca St. Clair (r.st.clair@mmu.ac.uk) and Michael Hardman (m.hardman@salford.ac.uk) by 4pm on Friday 9th February.

References:

Bell, S., & Cerulli, C. (2012). Emerging community food production and pathways for urban landscape transitions. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 14(1), 31.

DeLind, L. B. (2014). Where have all the houses (among other things) gone? Some critical reflections on urban agriculture. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 30(1), 3-7. doi:10.1017/S1742170513000525

Ghose, R., & Pettygrove, M. (2014). Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Citizenship. Antipode, 46(4), 1092-1112. doi:10.1111/anti.12077

Heynen, N., Kurtz, H. E., & Trauger, A. (2012). Food Justice, Hunger and the City. Geography Compass, 6(5), 304-311. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2012.00486.x

McClintock, N. (2017). Cultivating (a) Sustainability Capital: Urban Agriculture, Ecogentrification, and the Uneven Valorization of Social Reproduction. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-12. doi:10.1080/24694452.2017.1365582

Rosol, M. (2012). Community Volunteering as Neoliberal Strategy? Green Space Production in Berlin. Antipode, 44(1), 239-257. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00861.x

Tornaghi, C. (2014). Critical geography of urban agriculture. Progress in Human Geography, 38(4), 551-567.

Katie Cantrell, Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

Monday, October 16
Pacific Time, PT Mon, 9 Oct 2017 at 09:00 PDT
London, United Kingdom Mon, 9 Oct 2017 at 17:00 BST
Amsterdam, Netherlands Mon, 9 Oct 2017 at 18:00 CEST
Helsinki, Finland Mon, 9 Oct 2017 at 19:00 EEST

FFAC’s webinar presents a holistic overview of the philosophical and political underpinnings of industrial animal agriculture and its ecological and social justice impacts. Our materials offer students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and systems analysis of real-world events that have personal, local, and global impacts. The webinar includes Q&A and discussion after the presentation. Optional worksheet and recommended reading list are included.

Please RSVP here. If you cannot make the October 16 date, you may request a subsequent date that can be scheduled during class time or in the evening.

Webinar link: https://www.anymeeting.com/324-998-862

FACTORY FARMING AWARENESS COALITION

The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition is a national educational non-profit. Katie Cantrell, its executive director, has spoken at venues such as Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, as well as Google, eBay, and Genentech. Every year, FFAC educates tens of thousands of people across the country about the power of our food choices.

RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize

The FGWG is pleased to offer a 1st place Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of £ 100 and a 2nd place of £ 50. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student at a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertations that exhibit the best overall contributions to the wide range of issues relating to Food Geographies. The dissertation should be of first class standard and be submitted by the students Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge.

We accept submissions in electronic format only. Please send a copy to the FGWG Secretary,  Rebecca Sandover (rebeccasandover [at] gmail.com) before Friday 7th of July 2017.

Please include a contact email address for the student (post graduation if necessary).

  • Please note that we can only accept one entry from any department and nominated dissertations!
  • Please note that nominated dissertations should not be submitted for consideration for any other RGS-IBG prizes. 

dissertation prize

For more information on the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Groups group, check our info page:

https://foodgeographies.wordpress.com/about/

or join our Community:

  • Become a RGS-IBG FGWG Member here
  • Email List:  link to JISCMail hosted email list here
  • Twitter: @foodgeog

 

 

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