Workshop: Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, UKRI GCRF Collective Programme

08 March 2019, Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BE  

This workshop is the first part of an interdisciplinary programme which will support the development of international research partnerships focussed on the intersection of culture, history, and society with all stages of the food systems chain, from production through to consumption and policy, in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The Programme aims to contribute to the development of the GCRF Food Systems challenge portfolio as a part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme. It is designed to be a part of a challenge-led, internationally collaborative and interdisciplinary programme delivered by UK Research and Innovation and steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. Whilst the AHRC is leading on this programme, it is intended to support cross-disciplinary working and applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to participate.

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Call for abstracts for a book chapter: ‘Food for Degrowth: Principles, Case Studies and Challenges’

How can we produce, consume and preserve food for degrowth in urban settings? To what extent is urban food sufficiency and resilience possible? How can we redesign food provisioning in cities and towns to overcome current limitations?

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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”

Call for papers on “The socio-technical culture of the food supply chain: trade-offs and ambiguity”

This session considers the complex interaction between humans, machines and the socio-cultural and socio-technical environmental aspects of our food systems. Enquiries and abstract submission (together with a title, up to five keywords and author(s) affiliation and contact details) should be sent to Louise Manning (lmanning@harper-adams.ac.uk) by 9th of February 2018. Continue reading “Call for papers on “The socio-technical culture of the food supply chain: trade-offs and ambiguity””

‘What might an ‘alternative’, agroecological post-Brexit foodscape look like? Exploring opportunities, challenges, evidence and ambition’

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff, UK.

Sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG)

Session convenors:
Luke Owen, Alex Franklin, Donna Udall (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University)

Since the 2016 referendum outcome to leave the European Union, food and agri-food discussions more broadly have become an important lens for arguments about the future prosperity and sustainability of the UK’s socio-economic and ecological landscape. There have been numerous publications that attempt to spell out recommendations for post-Brexit agricultural policies, yet these are still somewhat ascent rather than comprehensive. As such, there is a need for further multistakeholder dialogue about what a post-Brexit foodscape will – or should – ‘look like’, how it might function, and for whom. Indeed, Brexit has created an opportunity for otherwise peripheral, ‘alternative’ agri-food praxis and policies connected to agroecology and food sovereignty to be more widely understood, and for possibilities of a more sustainable, multi-functional foodscape to be realised following Brexit.

We invite contributions that address the current ‘happenings’ between Brexit and agri-food systems, with a particular interest in ‘alternative’ visions and practices surrounding agroecology and food sovereignty. Submissions with a focus on food policy, transition theory, (community) self-organisation and governance are especially welcome. We seek empirical work to help ground often speculative scenarios and to identify the risks and opportunities of incorporating agroecological praxis into a more sustainable, resilient and successful post-Brexit foodscape.

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 of 250 words (together with a title, up to five keywords and author(s) affiliation and contact details) should be sent to the convenors: Luke Owen (Luke.owen@coventry.ac.uk), Alex Franklin (Alex.Franklin@coventry.ac.uk) and Donna Udall (Donna.udall@coventry.ac.uk) by 9th of February 2018.

Call for papers on “Thinking through connections: telecoupled transformations of urban food and energy systems”

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Caerdydd- Cardiff 2018

Session sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group and Energy Geographies Research Group

Different theoretical and epistemic traditions within geography have recently turned to conceptualising the connections between different places to avoid analytical and methodological localism and “cityism” (Angelo & Wachsmuth, 2014). Approaches span the concept of rural-urban teleconnections and telecouplings in land system science (Seto et al. 2012; Friis et al. 2016), global production networks in economic geography (Coe et al. 2008; Coe & Yeung 2014), and translocal assemblages of movements in social geography (McFarlane 2009), and the planetary urbanism framework transcending traditional understandings of urban and regional boundaries (Brenner and Schmid 2015).

Despite substantial advancements in the fields of food and energy geography, attempts to develop translocal and connective perspectives for studying the transformation of urban food and energy systems are sporadic (e.g. Eakin et al. 2017, Bridge 2017, Rutherford and Coutard 2014). The continued localist logic in many studies here risks re-producing accounts that fail to consider the different material and immaterial connections provided by underlying resource flows or food chains. This in turn potentially limits our understanding of how such connections are altered as a result of urban transformations.

We invite contributions that explore the connected spatiality of urban energy and food transformations, embedding these into global contexts and connecting them to local developments with distant places. We look forward to receiving contributions discussing the benefits, assumptions, and limitations of the following or other concept addressing this gap:

  • Teleconnections and telecoupling
  • Planetary urbanization and the imperial mode of living
  • Global Production Networks
  • Political and industrial ecology
  • Translocality and translocal assemblages

We aim for a double paper presentation session with 2×4 presentations of 15min with 5min Q&A per paper, and a plenary discussion of 20min per session. Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to cecilie.friis@hu-berlin.de and soeren.becker@hu-berlin.de

Food-Water-Energy videos by young people

The (Re)Connect the Nexus research team are pleased to announce that online voting has opened for the Food-Water-Energy Challenge video competition (http://www.foodwaterenergynexus.com/Competition.php).

The video competition was open to children and young people (under 25), anywhere in the world on their understanding of the ways in which food, water and energy is produced, consumed and experienced in everyday life.

Entries were received from Brazil, UK, Singapore and India – the quality, creativity and diversity of videos produced was excellent.  The research team have selected ten videos to be judged by the public vote.  The video with the most likes by 12pm on Monday 24th April will be the winning entry for the public vote.

To vote, please see the videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_D2l8t-U8bEPXlvDkvapZQ

Please encourage fellow Geographers and others to vote for and share these videos – given the huge amount of effort and thought that has gone into their production.

The (Re)Connect the Nexus project, funded by the ESRC and FAPESP, aims to examine young people’s (aged 10-24) understandings, experience and participation in the food-water-energy nexus in Brazil. For more information about the research project, please see the website: http://www.foodwaterenergynexus.com/.

Happy watching!

Peter Kraftl

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 2016christopher.maughan@warwick.ac.uk.

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.

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