Lessons for Working Collaboratively — How to make a just food future: alternative foodways for a changing world

Agatha Herman reflects on the closing workshop of the How to make a just food future: alternative foodways for a changing world conference sponsored by University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures, The RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group, and The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. 

In this final workshop of the How to Make a Just Food Future conference, participants (appropriately) worked collaboratively to identify common themes in their experiences of collaborative working. This started through paired discussions around past frustrations, successes, challenges and pleasures, which resulted in key statements around these being written on post-its. These were stuck to [click on link to read more]

Lessons for Working Collaboratively — HOW TO MAKE A JUST FOOD FUTURE: alternative foodways for a changing world
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How to Make a Just Food Future: Hopeful collaborations transforming local food partnerships

Session Convenors
Megan Blake, University of Sheffield m.blake@SHEFFIELD.AC.UK
Agatha Herman, Cardiff University HermanA@cardiff.ac.uk
Rebecca Sandover, University of Exeter R.Sandover@exeter.ac.uk

Two RGS-IBG 2019 sessions will follow up themes explored in FGWG’s University of Sheffield conference that reflect on a range of issues related to ‘How to Make a Just Food Future’.  The linked sessions will bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers to reflect on the issues facing food systems, explore the potential for change to emerge from local, regional and trans-local food policy initiatives, investigate the role of the researcher in supporting and analysing these processes and setting out the limitations of these approaches.  A more integrative approach to food policy thinking is being progressed, it is argued, by city, regional and trans-local initiatives that enable policymakers to work with civil society actors on common issues (Betsill & Bulkeley 2007, Morgan & Sonnino 2010, Moragues-Faus & Carroll 2018). Globalised and trans-local networks of civil society food actors, such as Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, who work for more just and sustainable policies, are emerging as coherent voices for a reconfigured food system (Sonnino et al. 2016, Moragues-Faus & Morgan 2015).

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