Food-Water-Energy videos by young people

The (Re)Connect the Nexus research team are pleased to announce that online voting has opened for the Food-Water-Energy Challenge video competition (

The video competition was open to children and young people (under 25), anywhere in the world on their understanding of the ways in which food, water and energy is produced, consumed and experienced in everyday life.

Entries were received from Brazil, UK, Singapore and India – the quality, creativity and diversity of videos produced was excellent.  The research team have selected ten videos to be judged by the public vote.  The video with the most likes by 12pm on Monday 24th April will be the winning entry for the public vote.

To vote, please see the videos on YouTube:

Please encourage fellow Geographers and others to vote for and share these videos – given the huge amount of effort and thought that has gone into their production.

The (Re)Connect the Nexus project, funded by the ESRC and FAPESP, aims to examine young people’s (aged 10-24) understandings, experience and participation in the food-water-energy nexus in Brazil. For more information about the research project, please see the website:

Happy watching!

Peter Kraftl


CfP ‘Denial, deception and disruption: addressing the challenges and potential solutions to fix a broken food system?’ Conference of Irish Geographers

Organised by: Tara Kenny & Colin Sage, University College Cork
Contact email: s.vanlanen[at]    

 This is a moment of uncertainty for Irish agriculture as it faces the challenge of Brexit and a rising chorus of questions about the environmental impact of the national agri-food strategy.  Despite its status as a saviour of the post-crash economy, the emphasis on beef and dairy – despite the efforts of Bord Bia and the veneer of Origin Green – are resulting in the Irish farming sector coming under increasing scrutiny. Meanwhile, diet is now the number one risk factor in Ireland’s total burden of disease with 60% of the adult population overweight. Moreover, one in eight households are regarded as food poor, as measured by an ability to purchase a healthy weekly food basket. And despite the fanfare of rising export earnings we import more food in calorific terms than we sell. Elements of a broken food system? Fortunately, we are becoming well practiced in the art of denial and deception. This is best illustrated by the campaign to address food waste where an unlikely alliance of corporate retailers, charities, and app-ready tech entrepreneurs are busy diverting unwanted surpluses from an overstocked food supply chain to those trapped in austerity-induced food poverty: a ‘win-win’ solution. Continue reading “CfP ‘Denial, deception and disruption: addressing the challenges and potential solutions to fix a broken food system?’ Conference of Irish Geographers”

CFP: Food Agendas in a Post-Brexit Future

Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network Annual Symposium 2017

6th February 2017

Call for Abstracts

There has been much talk of the ways in which the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or ‘Brexit’, will impact British farmers due to changes to the Common Agricultural Policy. We believe that Brexit will have far reaching effects across the food systems in many ways, in the UK, Europe and beyond. From policy implications for food safety standards and nutrition labels, to international trade and markets, to controls on chemical pesticides and the regulation of genetically modified (GM) organisms, and to diet and public health, and more.

To reflect current discussions about Brexit and its implications, the BSUFN Annual Symposium 2017 will consider food agendas in a post-Brexit future. This may reflect anticipated impacts of Brexit on the UK food system as well as implications for food agendas in other countries and regions of the world. Topics may explore the future of food in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, likely to be 2019, or a more distant horizon.

Submissions are invited from researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students Continue reading “CFP: Food Agendas in a Post-Brexit Future”

CFP: Food Justice Panel: Critical Race & Ethnicity Network Conference

The Critical Race and Ethnicity Network (CREN) is holding it’s second, annual, one-day conference on Friday 21st October 2016, on the theme of “Intersectional interventions: connecting oppression anywhere with oppression everywhere“. The aim of the day will be to explore the ways in which different racialized, gendered, classed, amongst other oppressions have similar or inter-related causes, and asks us to consider the fragmented nature of interventions within academia/activist movements, and between academia and activism.

On that note, I would like to propose a 60 minute panel (or conference stream with 3 panels) on Food Justice, and invite abstracts on the same.
Topics can include, but are not limited to:
*considering the ways in which projects that are aimed at increasing access to ‘fresh’, ‘healthy’ foods tend to exclude People of Colour (e.g. see Slocum, 2007; Guthman, 2011)
*the tensions between local and Fairtrade movements ; or reflexive considerations on tensions within the local movement (e.g. see DuPuis and Goodman, 2005) or the organic food movement (e.g. see Guthman, 2004)
*ideas around “eating the other”  (hooks, 1992); or how calls to ‘re-engage with food’ lead to increased workloads for women, and often gets shifted to Women of Colour  (e.g. see Szabo, 2011) etc etc.

Should you be interested in participating please submit an abstract to by 18th June 2016.



DuPuis, E. M. and D. Goodman (2005). “Should we go home to eat?: Toward a reflexive politics of localism.” Journal of Rural Studies 21(3): 359-371.

 Goodman, M. K. (2004). “Reading fair trade: Political ecological imaginary and the moral economy of fair trade foods.” Political Geography 23(7): 891-915.

Guthman, J. (2004). Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California, University of California Press.

Guthman, J. (2011). “If They Only Knew” The Unbearable Whiteness of Alternative Food. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability. A. H. Alkon and J. Agyeman. Cambridge, Mit Press263-281   

hooks, b. (1992). Black looks : race and representation. Boston, MA, Boston, MA : South End Press, 1992.              

Slocum, R. (2007). “Whiteness, space and alternative food practice.” Geoforum 38(3): 520-533.

Szabo, M. (2011). “The Challenges of “Re-engaging with Food“.” Food, Culture & Society 14(4): 547-566

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

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)

CFP: Critical Foodscapes: what does the future hold for urban gardening?

–A One Day Conference on July 7th 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK–
Confirmed Keynote: Dr Chiara Tornaghi (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK)

Urban gardening has long promised radical alternatives to industrialised food production and the organisation of modern urban spaces. Yet despite recent increases in popularity and a conspicuous proliferation of its forms, urban gardening appears to have had minimal material influence on how we eat or how we live.

It is now time to ask what the future holds for urban gardening. What evidence is emerging of urban gardening’s social and environmental impacts? Can such forms really mitigate some of the major crises of our times – from mental illness and unemployment to the unsustainability of our food systems – or do they remain a fringe concern? And what changes – at the level of policy or grassroots mobilisation (or otherwise) – are required to maximise the impact and reach of future iterations of urban gardening?

This conference seeks to put critical – but constructive – pressure on some of the assumptions which underlie current theory and practice of urban gardening; as such, the conference organisers welcome papers encompassing a broad range of approaches and perspectives (whether research-, practitioner- or participant-orientated) considering the past, present and future of urban gardening. The conference will take the UK as its main focus but will accommodate international perspectives where possible. Papers might address, though not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Community gardens
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Urban and peri-urban food production
  • The cultural representation of urban gardens
  • Urban gardening and…

– local/national food policy
– grassroots activism
– food production
– mental health
– town planning
– education
– environmental sustainability
– economic sustainability
– emergency food aid

Please send 300 word abstracts and 100 word biographies to Dr C Maughan (IAS Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick) by Monday 11th April

Following the conference, speakers and delegates are encouraged to submit papers to a proposed special issue with the journal, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, subject to the peer-review process.

For more information, updates and to register see the conference website.
*For more information on Urban Gardening see recent article by Dr Maughan published by the American Anthropological Association

CFP: Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: addressing key themes of Habitat III

University of Birmingham, 14th – 16th September 2016

This international two day conference will bring together academics working with children and youth to address key themes of Habitat III; a forum for debate, critical reflection and interdisciplinary discussion. Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’ at the University of Birmingham will set the research agenda for young lives in urban contexts.

On 17th – 20th October, 2016, in Quito, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, Habitat III will take place setting plans in motion for ‘A New Urban Agenda’ for the 21st Century. Taking Habitat III’s key urban themes of i) mobility; ii) planning and design, iii) water and sanitation and iv) energy, the Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’ conference at the University of Birmingham will bring together researchers working in these fields, globally, to set the research agenda for young lives in urban contexts within the framework of Habitat III.

Key note speakers confirmed
Professor Louise Chawla, University of Colorado
Douglas Regan, Chief, Youth and Livelihood Unit, UN-Habitat

Call for papers
We invite papers which specifically address these four themes in relation to children and young people’s everyday lives. The papers will develop theory and showcase empirical evidence which will be used to prompt dialogue about young lives across contexts, communities and cultures to facilitate action and set the research direction in the age of ‘a new urban agenda.’

We invite papers which span global childhood experiences, addressing the themes of:

Theme 1: Mobility
– Children and young people’s everyday mobilities
– Children, young people and transport
– Children and young people as pedestrians
– Intergenerational and interdependent mobilities
– Children and young people affordable travel
– Children’s right to mobility

Theme 2: Planning and design
– Children’s experiences of public space
– Re-thinking public spaces with children and young people
– Inclusive cityscapes and city planning
– Absent planning: constraints and opportunities
– Participatory planning
– Children’s engagements with sustainable urban design
– Permanent and temporary, formal and informal urban spaces

Theme 3: Water and sanitation
– Young people and water
– Young people and sanitation
– Water, urban planning and sustainable drainage systems/Low Impact Development
– Water conservation and ecology
– Water management

Theme 4: Energy
– Young people and energy
– Young people and energy production
– Young people and energy consumption
– Energy solutions and young people’s perceptions and use
– Housing, energy and young people
– Cooking, energy and young people
– Young people and food
– Intergenerational perspectives of energy

Submit abstracts at:

Other points to note:
i) Whilst there are four themes to this conference we appreciate that research will address cross-cutting issues, we are open to papers which address young people’s lives in the context of a nexus approach

ii) There is also space within the conference for a reflection on the aims and priorities of Habitat III, we encourage critical thinking in terms of the Urban Agenda for young people’s lives.

There is an optional third day of the conference dedicated to methodological approaches, providing a space for critical methodological discussion. There will be two workshop streams, one on participatory methodologies and the other on the use of technologies in social science research. We are asking for short 10 minute papers to address the two workshop streams:

1) Methodology workshop: Using participatory methodologies with children and young people (part funded by the ESRC Sharing Futures research project)

2) Methodology workshop: Use of technologies and apps in social science research with children and young people (part funded by the ESRC Map my Community research project)

This event is being organised by the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and part-funded across numerous research projects: New Urbanisms in India (ESRC); Sharing Futures (ESRC/Newton); (Re) Connect the Nexus (ESRC/FAPESP/Newton) and Map my Community (ESRC). This brings together shared visions and research agendas in thinking about young people in the ‘New Urban Agenda.’

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