Conference “Connections and missing links between urban agriculture, food and food systems” organised by Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the participation of RUAF

This call for abstracts intends to select papers that will be presented during a scientific event evolving around three sessions and that is organised by Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the participation of RUAF scholars on the 26th of April 2018. Contributions should fall under one of the following topics: 1) Connections and missing links between Food related fields of research; 2) Linking up actors and scales; 3) Shifting from UA and food projects to policies


RECOMS is an H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network. The purpose of RECOMS is to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in innovative, transdisciplinary and transformative approaches to promoting and facilitating resourceful and resilient community environmental practice. The ESR positions are fixed term for 36-months (beginning September 1st 2018). The ESRs will be employed with normal social security coverage by the host institutions and will have all benefits provided for in the MSCA-ITN early career fellowship regulations, including a highly competitive remuneration, living allowances and mobility expenses.

PhD scholarship: The Frontiers of Food Sovereignty and Agrarian Justice in the Amazon: A Community-Based Study of Political Agro-ecology in the State of Pará

The Human Geography pathway of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for funded PhD study, available to start in October 2018. The following collaborative studentships are available: ‘The Frontiers of Food Sovereignty and Agrarian Justice in the Amazon: A Community-Based Study of Political Agro-ecology in the State of Pará’ (In collaboration with Agro-ecology in Latin America)

CfP AAG2018: Rethinking Food Access Research. Questioning food alterity: Imagining new pathways to food security

How do we go beyond this critique to cultivate truly just food systems without privileged notions of alterity? How can we envision an alternative food system that engages with a more diverse cast of actors from within the existing food system? What is the impact of state based and corporate resource allocation models at different scales, and what are the opportunities for creating alternatives from within these more entrenched food spaces? How do we transform the food system without reproducing structural inequalities, particularly those borne out of racism, patriarchy, class politics and neocolonialism?

CfP AAG2018: Rethinking Food Access Research. Food deserts. Whose access are we mapping?

This session aims to foster dialogue on whom the food desert framework has historically served and evaluate its place in local, regional and national food access planning moving forward. While there is surely a continued role for geographers to highlight spatial disparities in the food system, the fix may not always be in the built environment but rather a focus on the component social parts producing the problem. How then do we map and communicate the production of food access problems, highlight programs that are reducing gaps and include alternative strategies that have the potential to disrupt the status quo, all while ensuring we do not reproduce existing food system injustices? How can we capture the complex spatial realities of food access beyond retail foodscapes to include other food access strategies such as charitable foods, self-provisioning, food sharing or the many non-retail based entitlements that support food insecure households (e.g. school meals, senior nutrition programs)?

CfP AAG2018: Rethinking Food Access Research. Food Charity and Emergency Food Access

Born out of crisis 30 years ago, the charitable food network in the United States is an ad hoc food safety net woven out of the gaps left by a receding state and overproduction along agro-industrial supply chains (Poppendieck, 1998). The consumptive routes opened by this vast yet poorly understood food delivery system serve 46 million people every month through 56,000 local charities spread across the country (Coleman and Jensen, 2014). 4.5 billion pounds of food were processed by the Feeding America network of food banks last year, a number that has doubled in less than a decade. Scholarship on the geography of food banking (Henderson, 2004; Warshawsky, 2010; Lindenbaum, 2016) highlights the role of these parastatal institutions in revaluing food waste, yet there are fewer studies on the spatial distribution of the affiliate agencies processing and redistributing this food to consumers across a food bank’s territory.