How to Make a Just Food Future: Alternative Foodways for a Changing World

University of Sheffield, UK, 8th-10th July 2019
Sponsored by the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG), the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield Research Institute for Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF).

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Over 2.5 days, the conference will include practitioner- academic- artist -governance panels, paper sessions, field visits, creative responses and more. We are very pleased to announce Professor Julian Agyeman, from Tufts University as our keynote speaker, plus interventions from Gary Stott (Incredible Edible) and Barbara Benish, internationally recognised artist, environmental campaigner and farmer. ‘How to Make a Just Food Future’ draws on FGWG members’ Participatory and Action Research connections with food partnerships local to Sheffield and from across the UK, as well as with UK wide bodies addressing current food issues, from food surplus redistribution to post-Brexit UK food production and much more. Drawing on ideas of social justice, care, political ecologies, translocality, intersectionality and the role of non-humans to offer timely and innovative interventions, it will develop spaces for collaboration and conversation in which to imagine socially just food futures and map out the personal and collective journeys that are needed to reach them.

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Urban Agriculture and Food Collection

A Boost for Urban Agriculture and Food learning and Activism at the D. G. Ivey Library of New College, University of Toronto

The D. G. Ivey Library at New College, University of Toronto, has acquired a unique collection in the field of urban agriculture and food studies. The collection, made available through the generous donation of Joe Nasr, co-founder of the Urban Agriculture Network, comprises a wide range of materials focusing on urban agriculture, small-scale farming, food activism, and food-related policies around the world. It includes rare and difficult-to-find books, magazines, journals, personal papers, policy documents, and reports by governments and non-governmental organizations, most of them published between 1970 and 1999. The collection is named in honor (and includes papers and correspondence) of the late Jac Smit – an early advocate of urban agriculture – acquired while working around the world for agencies such as the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Development Program (for more information about Jac Smit, please visit

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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.


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: A strategizing platform on urban political agroecology

Sponsor: Food Geographies Working Group, RGS
Session convenors : Barbara Van Dyck <barbaravdyck [at]> and Chiara Tornaghi <chiara.tornaghi [at]>

One of the more recent and potentially progressive contributions to the field of agri-food knowledge production is how researchers and peasants seek to reconnect and transcend the narrow boundaries of conventional approaches and academic disciplines by being open to–and inclusive of–different actors, knowledges, experiences and opinions in the knowledge co-production process. Especially concerning the cooperation between researchers and peasants, political agroecology and dialogo de saberes have emerged as promising concepts in the construction of more just food systems. This raises important questions for our work as scholarly food activists in European urban contexts. How does political agroecology distinguish and inform knowledge production in urban contexts? Why would we talk about urban political agroecology at all? What characterizes processes of knowledge production, circulation and reproduction of urban political agroecology? Which actors and knowledges are mobilized? What role for scholar activists and action research in political urban agroecology? And what does this mean regarding strategies and tactics to move towards urban food systems in tune with the value and principles of agroecology and food sovereignty.

In this strategizing panel, urban (scholarly) activists from different collectives, cities and universities will jointly reflect on how to mutually support each other methodologically in our transdisciplinary work in different urban localities.

Please send a motivation of why you would want to participate in this strategizing platform in max 300 words to <barbaravdyck [at]> and <chiara.tornaghi [at]> by Wednesday the 17th of February.

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