CfP NGM 2018: Acting local, catalyzing global?

This session seeks to explore the rise, the governance and the role of place-based bottom-up initiatives as potential agents of change in the transition to a more sustainable and just food system. In recent decades, sustainability has been increasingly incorporated into political agendas at a variety of spatial scales (Gibbs andLintz, 2016). At the urban and regional level, these agendas have largely taken two forms: on the one hand, top-down, consensus-based policy-making, defined by attempts to ‘green’ economic growth and development ( Jonas and While, 2007;Rosol et al., 2017), which are increasingly criticized as post-political, elite driven and unimaginative (Swyngedouw, 2007; Kaika, 2017; Leitheiser andFollman, forthcoming). On the other hand, community groups and citizens have taken a more active role in sustainability-related projects often with a focus on local level change and impact (Boonstra, 2015; Meijer, 2018; Ulug and Trell, forthcoming).

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Food Geographies session proposals for RGS-IBG AC 2019

The Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG) invites session proposals for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019 being held in London from Wednesday 28th August to Friday 30th August 2019. Professor Hester Parr will chair the conference with the theme of‘geographies of trouble / geographies of hope’.  The deadline for session proposals is Monday 7th January 2019. Proposals for, or  questions about, FGWG sponsored sessions should be sent to Dr Michael Hardman via m.hardman [at]

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Bagels and bytes: Geographies of food in our precarious present

American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting
Washington DC, April 10-14, 2019

Sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, and Political Geography Specialty Group

The uproar over Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order in September 2018 reminds us of the contentious and politicized nature of eating, where ideas of food are increasingly mediated by digital and fragmented representations. This CFP delves into uneasiness over food in our precarious present. Bagels evoke clashes over culture, cuisine and place. Bagels are also symbolic of how we can never tell the whole story of food: something is always missing. We can only ‘follow the thing’ so far and in so many directions. As geographers, we face a unique challenge to choose the most interesting aspects of a commodity, to delve into the most significant aspects of everyday practice. What stories about food do we need to tell to understand our precarious present? And how should we promote more just relations through food? Continue reading “Bagels and bytes: Geographies of food in our precarious present”

Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North

Rosita T. Ilieva, Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North, Routledge: London, 2016, pp. xviii + 267. ISBN 9781138998483, £88.99 (Hbk)

Reviewer: Giles O’Donovan, PhD Candidate, University of Aberdeen, UK

When introducing urban food planning, Rosita Ilieva immediately acknowledges the vast landscape of research in the field, noting the ‘complexity’ and ‘mindboggling diversity’ (xiii) of initiatives related to food and urban planning. Due to this complexity, she seeks to “take the pulse of urban food planning as an evolving practice and domain of practices” (xiii), providing an overview of current approaches to urban food planning, and highlighting its achievements and opportunities for further development by different actors in the planning community. Case studies from the global north were chosen because ‘rich’ cities have significant local and global impacts that are often undervalued. This approach argues that there are many areas that need to be further developed, especially those operating within distinct economic, governmental or environmental constraints. This aligns with other research in the field that notes the need for greater consideration of food in urban planning (c.f., Morgan 2015). Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North”

Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs

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Megan BlakeUniversity of Sheffield


The volume of edible food that is wasted is staggering. In 2017, the UN estimated that almost a third of all food that is produced is discarded. Edible food makes up approximately 1.3 gigatonnes of this (one gigatonne is a billion tonnes). For comparison, one tonne of wasted food is about the equivalent of 127 large plastic bin bags. This not only represents a phenomenal loss in terms of food that could feed people, but also a loss in resources such as water, labour power, soil nutrients, transportation energy and so forth.  Continue reading

Research Opportunity with SHARECITY at Trinity College Dublin

The Department of Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin [Ireland], is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work for a period of 24 months with Professor Anna Davies on the ERC-funded project SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies and additional projects with Professor Anna Davies, Principle Investigator of SHARECITY, Chair of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College. SHARECITY is funded by the European Research Council and is a collaborative, multi-phased investigation of the phenomenon of ICT-mediated food sharing in cities. Continue reading “Research Opportunity with SHARECITY at Trinity College Dublin”

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