Multi-level food system seminar series: Community initiatives for a sustainable food system in Oxford

Speakers: Tom Curtis, 3Keel & Julian Cottee, 3Keel & Good Food Oxford

Title: Community initiatives for a sustainable food system in Oxford

Date: Monday 9 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

The FoodPrinting Oxford report (2013) developed a methodology to quantify for the first time the environmental impacts and dependencies of food consumption in Oxford in terms of land, water and energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition it evaluated options for taking action at city level and identified groups of organisations and businesses able to act in different areas. Included in this options appraisal was an assessment of the productive capacity around Oxford’s geographical ‘city-region’.  A year later, a new organisation, Good Food Oxford, took shape develop the city’s capacity to coordinate effective food sustainability activities. We will report on the approach that has been taken and how new cross-sector collaborations have started to build on the FoodPrinting report to take on the complex challenge of behaviour change.

Multi-level food system seminar series

The Food Systems Research Group in the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food are organising a seminar series based on a number of food system levels:

  1. National
  2. Subnational
  3. Major cities
  4. A provincial city

The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.

About the Speakers

Tom Curtis

Tom’s background is in practical forestry and mixed estate management, but he has a long-term interest and involvement in the underlying factors that drive the workings of the land, and developed the ‘FoodPrinting’ approach that was applied to Oxford, and now other cities. Tom is a founding partner of the resilience consultancy 3Keel LLP, working with clients across the food spectrum from field to point of sale.

Julian Cottee 

Julian is the Chair of Good Food Oxford, Oxford’s sustainable food network and is a consultant at 3Keel, a food and agriculture sustainability consultancy. He is interested in how urban areas can catalyse better food system outcomes and public benefits. Amongst other work for 3Keel he recently analysed the environmental impacts and dependencies of the Greater Manchester city region food system, and co-authored a discussion paper on City Region Food Systems for the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit.