Food geographies ‘in’, ‘of’ and ‘for’ the Anthropocene

Prof Damian Maye (University of Gloucestershire);
Dr Ben Coles (University of Leicester);
Prof David Evans (University of Bristol)

The “Anthropocene” is an important and much-debated concept in physical and environmental geography that has also attracted considerable attention in human geography in recent years (Castree, 2017). At its core, it reflects not just how humans impact on the non-human world but also how human activities fold into earth-surface systems (ibid). Given this burgeoning disciplinary interest in the Anthropocene, there is a surprising lack of critical engagement with the concept in food and rural geography, despite some exceptions (e.g. Beacham, 2018; Sexton, 2018). This is surprising for a number of reasons, not least given the ways in which food and farming are currently implicated in changes to the earth’s biophysical and chemical processes – changes that will likely have significant impacts on not just the availability of food, but on how the relationships between agriculture, food practices and food can be understood. Conceptual risks of conflating the Anthropocene with climate change notwithstanding, agri-food production and consumption is a significant contributor to climate change.

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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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Reflections on the Place-Based Food Systems Conference 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen

by Ciska Ulug

Last week (August 9-10th, 2018), I attended the Place-Based Food Systems: Making the Case, Making It Happen conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. While revamping the food system tends to focus more on “local” and “sustainable”, the highlighting “place-based” acknowledges the importance of our food systems role in the broader movement in creating a more sustainable society. Continue reading “Reflections on the Place-Based Food Systems Conference 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen”

Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?

Wednesday 27th June 2018,
Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield
Symposium Chairs: Dr John Lever, Dr Fiona Cheetham and Prof. Morven McEachern

This one-day symposium is hosted by SURGE’s Sustainable & Resilient Communities research group in Huddersfield Business School. The conference aims to bring together NGOs, business and academics interested in the area of food waste and the circular economy. The circular economy is gaining momentum and is seen by some as solving the issues created by our ‘traditional’ linear economy (take, make, use, dispose… with waste and pollution at every stage). This symposium will explore how, to what extent, and in what ways donations of food waste helps to address the challenges posed by sustainability and the notion of a circular economy.  Continue reading “Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?”

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

Call for abstracts

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.

We encourage submission from all disciplines and stages of research (on-going work, concluded results, etc.) and PhDs and Professionals from all stages and fields.

Thematic focus of the call

So far urban agriculture – UA and food have been increasingly part of various research programs and activities and at the same time leading Portuguese institutions in these fields have been organising scientific events with significant production. What seems missing though, and this is normal with such a vibrant dynamics, is to better connect the different fields of knowledge and disciplines that have been involved so far. Therefore the focus of this call and its expected added value, is to offer an open platform to engage debates on how to connect the various disciplines and different sectors that have been implicated on food and UA so far and that are contributing, from their own perspective and driving logics to a better understanding of the field.

Contributions should fall under one of the following topics

  • Connections and missing links between Food related fields of research
  • Linking up actors and scales
  • Shifting from UA and food projects to policies


  • Deadline for submission of 300 to 500 words abstract: 29th January 2018.
  • Notification of selected potential papers: 26th January 2018
  • Deadline for submission of full contribution: 28th February 2018
  • Notification of outcome: 23rd March 2018
  • Deadline for final submissions (if needed): 5th April 2018

Abstracts and short papers should be sent through email to

Detailed information on this call can be found here.

The scientific event will take place on Thursday, April 26th (presentations and debate) and Friday morning 27th (field visit – to be confirmed), 2018 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Av. De Berna, 26-C, Lisbon, Portugal.

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