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.


How to Join Food Geographies Working Group (RGS-IBG)


Thanks to all who attended our AGM at The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual conference 2017 last week. It was great to see you all. Please see below on how to join FGWG. FGWG is a RGS-IBG working (research) group if you are a member of the RGS-IBG follow the links and fill in the form on the RGS-IBG Research Group page to join us.

Whether you are a member of the RGS-IBG or not we would welcome you to keep in touch with us as we are open to all.To keep in touch with our activity and that of other international food scholars sign up to our email list serve and follow us on Twitter and our website.

Joining us through the RGS-IBG supports our activity as we receive funding based on the numbers of these official members.

For any questions please contact FGWG Secretary Rebecca Sandover or FGWG chair Mags Adams

RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize

The FGWG is pleased to offer a first place undergraduate dissertation prize of £75 and two ‘highly commended’ prizes of £35. 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 dissertations should be of first class standard and be submitted by the student’s Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge, in electronic format only. Please include a contact email address for the student (post-graduation if necessary).

We accept submissions in electronic format only. Please send a copy to the FGWG Postdoctoral Officer,  Rebecca St. Clair ( R.St.Clair@mmu.ac.uk ) before Sunday 7 July 2019.

Please include a contact email address for the student (post graduation if necessary).

  • Please note that we can only accept one entry from any department and nominated dissertations!
  • Please note that nominated dissertations should not be submitted for consideration for any other RGS-IBG prizes. 

For more information on the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Groups group, check our info page:


or join our Community:

  • Twitter: @foodgeog
  • Become a RGS-IBG FGWG Member here
  • Email List:  link to JISCMail hosted email list here

Join us in Sheffield between the 8th and 10th July 2019 for our conference – How to Make a Just Food Future: Alternative Foodways for a Changing World

Advertised calls for #RGS2017 papers sponsored by Food Geographies Working Group RGS-IBG

Here is the most recent list of sessions sponsored (or co-sponsored) by Food Geographies WG RGS-IBG for the RGS-IBG AC 2017.

At the RGS IBG webpage  (click here) you can find a full list of advertised calls for sessions, papers and posters for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017.

Session title Deadline
Alternate food geography and the discursive production of gendered labour 16-Feb-2017
Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning 15-Feb-2017
Different and Diverse Knowledges of (Rural) Food Access and Security? 14-Feb-2017
Food and power: Decolonising food systems and food research 13-Feb-2017
Food Localisation as Community-Building 13-Feb-2017
Geographies of global (sea)food markets: influences of consumer behaviour on sustainability and justice in the Global South 16-Feb-2017
The Impact of Brexit to Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 10-Feb-2017
The cultural geographies of new food 08-Feb-2017
Food in Urban Africa 08-Feb-2017
Alternative food geographies and the foodscapes of ‘clean eating’ 16-Feb-2017
Brexit and the Future of Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 03-Feb-2017

Competition: Design Our Logo RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group



The Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers was established in October 2015. Our aims are to bring together geographers who study all aspects of food from production to consumption and so act as a key voice in food related research, policy and practice.

To help establish and maintain the identity of the group, we are looking for a logo that captures our aims and represents ‘food geographies’.

Therefore, we need your help!

So, what does ‘food geography’ mean to you?

Can you think of an image or phrase that summarises it clearly?

We don’t mind if your idea is a drawing or written description but please get in touch either by email (foodgeographies@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@foodgeog) by Monday 4th April 2016.

All entries will be considered by the FGWG committee and the winner will be announced by the 7th April. The prize? Respect, admiration and a £10 book voucher.


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] gmail.com

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