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.



Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue – New briefing paper

The Food Research Collaboration has published a new briefing paper on ‘Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue’.

The paper particularly examines creative arts-based methods through a participatory and community-centred approach to research and community engagement.  The briefing paper explores the use of photography, drama, and collage, providing details of the approach, method, and other considerations, as well as case studies of how the methods have been used for engagement on food issues. It is hoped that this briefing paper will be of interest to researchers and civil society groups who are working on food-related issues.

This paper came out of the success of the workshop held in London in May 2016. The paper was co-authored by members of BSUFN along with other academics and civil society groups. The briefing paper is attached or you can read more about it here: http://wp.me/p4IZVc-hn.

A range of resources and information about the different methods, including additional examples from case studies and the outputs from the BSUFN-FRC workshop held in 2016 are available here: https://bsufn.com/creative-methods-and-food/.

Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue

This information is kindly provided by Rachael Taylor from Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network

Join the MSc in Food, Space and Society, Cardiff University

~ Please circulate to any of your students who might be interested ~

Are you concerned with issues of justice, equity and wellbeing within agri-food?

Are you interested in promoting sustainable food systems?

Are you looking to engage critically in food governance?

We are currently recruiting for our MSc in Food, Space and Society and, if you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, this is the masters for you.

This exciting Masters programme offers in-depth insights into:

· the opportunities for (and barriers to) food security, sustainability and justice;

· the implications of food policies on spatial and socio-economic relationships between different actors in the food system and between rural and urban areas; and

· the development effects of strategies that address the welfare and health needs of the human and animal population.

The MSc is designed and taught by staff from the Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF), who have longstanding and world-renowned expertise on food geographies, politics and ethics. Led by Prof Roberta Sonnino and Dr Agatha Herman, the teaching team includes Dr Chris Bear, Prof Tim Lang, Dr Ana Moragues Faus, Prof Terry Marsden, Prof Mara Miele, Prof Paul Milbourne, Prof Kevin Morgan, Geoff Tansey and Dr Andrew Williams.

Our engagement in global agenda-setting research ensures that you will be exposed to the cutting-edge debates in food studies, and involved with an extensive network of policy and practitioner stakeholders. As part of the programme you will have the unique opportunity to work with a live food policy agenda, engaging with a real-world project to analyse challenges and offer solutions. The MSc in Food, Space and Society will therefore be of particular interest to those wishing to gain expertise in contemporary food politics and geographies, offering the knowledge and skills to develop a research career or take advantage of the increasing professionalization of food jobs in the private and public sectors.

The programme involves five bespoke modules, addressing key issues in contemporary global food systems, alongside a food-related dissertation on a topic selected by each student in consultation with members of staff. The core modules are: Sustainable Food Systems; Food Security and Justice; The Politics of Food; Food Debates; and Researching Sustainability. Optional modules allow a degree of personalisation to your MSc experience.

Further details, including how to apply: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/study/postgraduate/food-space-and-society-msc.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Agatha Herman (HermanA@cardiff.ac.uk) or any member of the course team.

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 (http://www.foodwaterenergynexus.com/Competition.php).

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_D2l8t-U8bEPXlvDkvapZQ

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: http://www.foodwaterenergynexus.com/.

Happy watching!

Peter Kraftl

New Open Access Book: Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City

Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City

Robert Biel
Download free: https://goo.gl/oEC8NS

Faced with a global threat to food security, it is perfectly possible that society will respond, not by a dystopian disintegration, but rather by reasserting co-operative traditions. This book, by a leading expert in urban agriculture, offers a genuine solution to today’s global food crisis. By contributing more to feeding themselves, cities can allow breathing space for the rural sector to convert to more organic sustainable approaches. Continue reading

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]umail.ucc.ie    

 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 Food Localisation as Community-Building RGS-IBG AC2017

Food localisation has been widely promoted and analysed as bringing producers closer to consumers (Ilbery et al., 2005; Renting et al., 2003). This proximity takes many forms, which can be extended spatially through short food-supply chains; examples include producers as consumers, box schemes, farmers’ markets, farmers’ collective marketing, community gardens, etc. Beyond food per se, the process potentially links various societal problems and their solutions: ‘Through building a community a shared vision is created, leaders emerge, and complex problems like social exclusion, poverty, hunger, and malnutrition seem to connect in new ways and new people come together to think and act on solutions’ (Anderson, 2014).

To be considered for the session, please submit a title, author details, and an abstract of up to 250 words to L.Levidow[at]open.ac.uk by Monday 13th February 2017.

Extended deadline! CfP “Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning”

RGS-IBG 2017 – Call for Papers 
29th August – 1st September 2017 in London 
Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning 
Sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group, and the Geographies of Justice Research Group
Convenor: Richard J Nunes (University of Reading)

Please submit title, name and affiliation, and an abstract of no more than 250 words by 27th February 2017 – r.j.nunes[at]reading.ac.uk

What does it mean to do planning when we think about the creation of sustainable healthy city-regional food systems? In this session, we aim to explore this question from the perspective of urban food enterprise (UFE) and regional planning. UFEs are socially innovative business practices that seek alternative, local responses to conventional food systems, from inputs through to resource recovery and waste management. Yet the pluralism of UFE practices as an alternative to conventional food practices are far from coherent, making it conceptually difficult to align these organizations with a priori ideas of ‘justice’.

This challenge is compounded by the temptation to point to complex interconnections between food systems and other urban systems such (food) waste to energy at the city-regional level. Often the temptation is to identify the city-region or metropolitan area as a uniformly defined or coherent scale of governance, coupled with rational comprehensive visions of city-regional food systems as potential vehicles for food and health justice. However, such visions are riddled by pre-existing issues of social and environmental justice concerns that surround the uneven distribution of ecological assets (and their social returns), and the disproportionate environmental burdens among the economically disadvantaged in cities.

Please submit title, name and affiliation, and an abstract of no more than 250 words by 27th February 2017 – r.j.nunes[at]reading.ac.uk

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