The Future of Our Food: Sustainable Places for Food Security – Critical Reflections and International Comparisons

19/11/2014, 9:00 - 17:30




The Future of our Food is a major new seminar series funded by the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council. It will bring people together to jointly explore emerging challenges in agriculture and food in the UK and globally. Each seminar will explore themes of resilience, sustainability, nutritional security, public health, well-being and justice in the food system.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY: Glamorgan Building, Committee Rooms 1&2

9.00 Registration, refreshments and welcome Terry Marsden, Director Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
 SESSION 1City to city learning on sustainable food Chair: Professor Kevin Morgan
9.30 OPENING KEYNOTE Re-imagining the future of our food: urban strategies for sustainable food security Roberta Sonnino, Cardiff University
10.00 Sustainable Food Cities Clare Devereux, Policy Director Food Matters
10.15 Rising to the sustainable food city challenge: Cardiff’s story Katie Palmer, Sustainable Food Cities Co-ordinator Cardiff
10.30 Towards a Metropolitan Food Policy Elena Di Bella, Director of Rural Development and Promotion of Typical Products for the Province of Torino, Italy
10.45 Discussion
11.15 BREAK
 SESSION 2 Envisioning and contesting the future of our food
11.30 Contested transitions in agri-food systems: the role of place and nature Terry Marsden, Director Sustainable Places Research Institute
11.45 Vulnerabilities affecting Food and Nutrition Security outcomes: A perspective from the UK media Ana Moragues Faus, Cardiff University
12.00 Square Meal Report: Integrated solutions in food, farming, wildlife and public health Rob Percival, Soil Association
12.15 Food sovereignty: opportunities and constraints facing small-scale farmers in the UK Chris Smaje, Land Workers Alliance
12.15 Discussion
12.45 LUNCH
13.30 Working Groups
  1. How to measure progress of sustainable food developments
led by Clare Devereux, Food Matters and Joy Carey,Bristol Food Policy Council
  1. Transitions and scaling up: how can we normalise sustainable food?
led by Rachael Durrant, University of Sussex
14.30 BREAK
 SESSION 3 “Place” bites and insights: Towards equitable food futures
14.45 Toward a New Settlement: A deep place approach to equitable and sustainable places Mark Lang, Associate Director in Policy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
15.00 Sitting on Agricultural Development: Growing Food Insecurity across the Turks and Caicos Islands Jessica Paddock, Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), University of Manchester and Alastair Smith, Cardiff University
15.15 Discussion
15.30 CLOSING KEYNOTEEnclosures and Commons: A Longue Durée Approach to Land, Culture and Power Harriet Friedmann, University of Toronto, and Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
SESSION 4 Panel discussion ‘Future Steps’
16.15 Michael Winter (University of Exeter), Joy Carey (Bristol Food Policy Council), Rachel Durrant (Sussex University) Chaired by Tim Lang, City University
17.00 Concluding remarks, followed by wine reception Terry Marsden


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Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3WT

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