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 http://www.jacsmit.com/).

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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] salford.ac.uk

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RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize

The FGWG is pleased to offer a 1st place Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of £ 100 and a 2nd place of £ 50. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student at a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertations that exhibit the best overall contributions to the wide range of issues relating to Food Geographies. The dissertation should be of first class standard and be submitted by the students Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge. Continue reading “RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize”

Call for papers on “Community self-organisation and landscapes of food justice and sustainability”

Call for papers, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 28-31 August 2018 in Cardiff, UK.

We invite abstract submissions from established and as well as early stage and postgraduate researchers for the FGWG sponsored session “Community self-organisation and landscapes of food justice and sustainability” at the RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, which will take place from 28 to 31 August 2018 in Cardiff, UK.

Session convenors: Moya Kneafsey, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University & Mustafa Hasanov, University of Groningen

This session considers the role of community self-organisation in relation to new landscapes of food justice and sustainability. Recent years have seen a flourishing of community-led initiatives aiming to create food systems which deliver nourishing food whilst upholding principles such as care for planetary resources, fair livelihoods for producers, food rights for consumers and compassion for animals. Community self-organisation suggests various types of mobilisation, across multiple scales and time horizons, involving a diversity of actors and sometimes interplay with local authorities. Yet many critical questions remain. For example, what do self-organising communities look like, what conditions are needed for them to flourish in different contexts and what is self-organising after all? What is the outlook for community self-organisation in times of austerity and increased social tension? Are self-organising communities always socially inclusive, sustainable, and resilient? What is the role of new technologies in enabling community self-organisation? What is the role of food scholars in relation to community self-organisation? To what extent does – or can –  community self-organisation contribute to large-scale transitions towards sustainable and resilient foodscapes? We welcome papers addressing these and related questions in a range of landscapes, including urban, rural, post-industrial, post-colonial, colonial, historical and contemporary.

Full details on the RGS-IBG AC 2018 conference can be found here and information about the RGS-IBG FGWG can be found here.

Enquiries and abstract submission (together with a title, up to five keywords and author(s) affiliation and contact details) should be sent to Moya Kneafsey (m.kneafsey@coventry.ac.uk and Mustafa Hasanov (m.h.hasanov@rug.nl) by 9th of February 2018.

The final decision on whether or not papers have been accepted will follow on Friday 23rd February 2018.


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 uafoodlinks.lisbon2018@gmail.com.

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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