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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The Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG) invites proposals at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016 being held at The Royal Geographical Society (with Institute if British Geographers) in London from Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September 2016. Professor Peter Jackson will chair the conference with the theme ‘Nexus Thinking’:

“The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction. Rather than seeing energy, food and water resources as separate systems, for example, nexus thinking focuses on their interconnections, favouring an integrated approach that moves beyond national, sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos to identify more efficient, equitable and sustainable use of scarce resources.”

You can find out more HERE.
In keeping with this theme we would particularly welcome sessions exploring:

*The power of nexus thinking in opening up debates on Food Security – Grassroots approaches to promoting Food Security – Challenging discourses on Food Security

*Food waste: a lens on systemic food issues.  Boosting the message: Food Waste, celebrity chefs and visual culture

*Bringing Food Justice to the table –The role of Experiential Food Knowledge in promoting food access –The power of online networks in extending Global Food Voices and global food networks

*Exploring civil society-social science collaborations and their power to transform food knowledges –Social Food Movements as agents of change

*Policy and Praxis in seeding food change

However, we are also open to sessions that engage with food geographies more broadly. A summary of the group’s interests can be found HERE.

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.

Proposals should include:

(i) Title of session

(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable

(iii) Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors

(iv) Abstract, outlining scope of session – 200 words max.

(v) Number of session timeslots that are sought – this year session may not normally occupy more than 2 time slots

(vi) Indication of preferred organisation of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each, we welcome creative formats. Sessions last 1 hour 40 mins

(vii) Indication of any non-standard arrangements, please note there will not be support for Skype or other forms of distance participation at AC2016. However, individual session organisers are welcome to incorporate presentations in this format into their sessions if they feel confident they can do so within the IT setup provided (all rooms will have laptop, projector, screen, speakers and internet connection).

The deadline for proposals is Friday 8th January 2016.

Proposals for, or questions about, FGWG sponsored sessions should be sent to Dr. Rebecca Sandover.  Email: rebeccasandover [at]

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