RGS-IBG ‘Food Geography Working Group’ 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. 

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


or join our Community:

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



Workshop: ‘Food, Justice and Food Justice for All’, University of Birmingham at Edgbaston.

The food systems of the globe are undergoing upheaval as are the natural and political systems of the planet that supports them. It is reflected in the concerns shown across the wide variety of organisations which make up the Food Movements of Britain.

In order to register your interest in attending, please complete the form below. Places are limited and we will operate on a first come first served basis mindful of the need to keep the space diverse. We will close this form on Monday June 12th at midnight.


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Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration

The Baltic Studies Centre, in cooperation with the Latvian Academy of Culture, is organising the scientific and practical conference “Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration”. The conference will be held in Riga, Latvia, on 13-14 October 2017. The organisers invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers exploring the diversity of food practices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2017

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FGWG Writing Workshop – Information and Registration Form

— deadline extended till 30 April 2017—-

Dear FGWG members,

We’re glad to announce that the Food Geographies Working Group has been awarded funds from the RGS-IBG to hold a one-day writing workshop at Bangor University on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. The workshop will involve a submitting written piece by 30th June, to the organisers. Each submission will be read by two peers, and each person submitting will read two other submissions, giving comments by 20th August. The aim is for us to help each other develop our writing in a supportive atmosphere and the workshop will provide space for reworking your piece based on the feedback you have received. As well as manuscript drafts for journal publication, thesis chapters and funding proposals are welcome.

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2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

This September 15-17 in Portland, Oregon, the University of Oregon will host 2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference.


Jacques Abelman, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, is leading a working group that may be of interest to scholars in the AESOP Food Planning community.

This working group will explore a fundamental shift in urban agriculture based on a model of productive urban ecologies, and specifically the notion of landscape infrastructure at the intersection of the spatial, social, and ecological. This model expands the notion of urban agriculture from disparate small-scale projects towards an integration of productive typologies within the urban fabric, moving toward a renewed vision of green infrastructure as an integral and productive part of the urban fabric in future cities. This work aims to shape potential urban and landscape futures of equity, access and health in a context of landscape democracy, environmental justice, and food security.

APRU SCL requires no registration fee for attendees. Because the meeting is focused on engaging participants in collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship toward publishable contributions to the literature, we have waived registration fees and will cover your meals and field trips in addition to all administrative and core facilities costs. Attendees will be responsible for their transportation and lodging. Registration and lodging information will be available soon.

Please visit the conference website and submit a statement of interest if you would like to be considered for the working group.


Advertised calls for #RGS2017 papers sponsored by Food Geographies Working Group RGS-IBG

Here is the most recent list of sessions sponsored (or co-sponsored) by Food Geographies WG RGS-IBG for the RGS-IBG AC 2017.

At the RGS IBG webpage  (click here) you can find a full list of advertised calls for sessions, papers and posters for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017.

Session title Deadline
Alternate food geography and the discursive production of gendered labour 16-Feb-2017
Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning 15-Feb-2017
Different and Diverse Knowledges of (Rural) Food Access and Security? 14-Feb-2017
Food and power: Decolonising food systems and food research 13-Feb-2017
Food Localisation as Community-Building 13-Feb-2017
Geographies of global (sea)food markets: influences of consumer behaviour on sustainability and justice in the Global South 16-Feb-2017
The Impact of Brexit to Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 10-Feb-2017
The cultural geographies of new food 08-Feb-2017
Food in Urban Africa 08-Feb-2017
Alternative food geographies and the foodscapes of ‘clean eating’ 16-Feb-2017
Brexit and the Future of Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 03-Feb-2017

Wur Bradford



My name is Josie. I’m an artist from Bradford and today I was leading a discussion about food and community in an arts space in Kirkgate market.  The space is called WUR and it is an incredible project, an open stall plot, completely public space, with wonderful regulars as well as constant new faces.
wurbradford1Find out more about WUR here. I found that talking about food was a very tangible way to start talking about all kinds of other things from parenting to feminism to immigration. Next week we will be serving tasters of some of the recipes we chatted about and continuing conversations about the importance and complications of food within communities. We will also be talking about our plans to widen this project, making connections with the food stalls in the market as well as groups who are working with food in interesting ways in Bradford.

I would like to invite you to join us 12-3 at WUR in Kirkgate market, Bradford (the stall opposite the Home From Home cafe, near the Westgate entrance). Thought this might be of interest and I am sure that you will have lots to share. Let me know if you have any questions.


Call for PGR Papers: Pre-Conference Symposium of the Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG)

The FGWG is a newly established research collective within the RGS-IBG. Our primary aim is to be an interdisciplinary network for all interested in the broad area of ‘food geographies’. PGRs are critical to this, and so the opportunity for PhD and Masters students to showcase their work and influence the future direction of the FGWG is central to our 2016 pre-conference symposium. Continue reading

Future meat landscapes: new cultures growing from the lab

Neil Stephens, Clemens Driessen and Alexandra Sexton
Tuesday 26th April 2016 – 4:00pm
Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building

In recent years the idea of cultured or ‘in vitro’ meat seems to have become more and more real. The public announcement and consumption of the first hamburger made from cells cultured in a laboratory stirred global interest, whereby for many it is unclear what to think of this category crushing new object. The promise of environmentally friendly meat without the need to kill animals (a few would merely suffer the inconvenience of a small biopsy) is broadly appealing. Imagining to actually eat it is something else, whereas contemplating how this technology would change our landscape and culture confronts us with the realities of current meat production and forces many to examine their moral experiences and political positions.

This afternoon Neil Stephens (sociology, Brunel University) and Clemens Driessen (philosophy/geography Wageningen University , the Netherlands) will interactively discuss the promises, the realities and the public responses to this idea that aims to drastically change existing meat cultures and landscapes. With commentary by Alexandra Sexton (geography, Kings College London).

Followed by drinks and an in vitro meat performance by Laura Colebrooke and Mara Miele (Cardiff University)


MA in Food Security and Food Justice: Sheffield

The 2016/17 academic year will be the second year of our very successful MA in Food Security and Food Justice.  The programme is unique in a number of ways:

  • It offers international, interdisciplinary, and multi-scalar perspectives on the issues inherent when striving for food-security and food-justice.
  • Professional and entrepreneurial skills and a work-based dissertation aimed at enhancing the employability of those wishing to go into employment after completion of the degree.
  • Research training needed to pursue a PhD
  • A core field course to Hong Kong (included in the fees), which allows students to contextualise their learning in a real location as well as engage with a variety of people and organisation located within the SAR.
  • Flexible options that enable the student to shape their training in ways that suit their interests.
For more information about the MA please see: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/geography/masters/foodma
The course also has a student blog and you can see what the students have to say here: https://foodsecurityfoodjustice.wordpress.com/what-we-think/