Annual Conference 2017

Food matters. It’s a truism that has gained increasing acceptance in recent years across academic disciplines and advocacy communities. As the impact of food and agriculture across a wide range of social and environmental issues has come into clearer focus, simultaneously recognition has been building of the urgent need to re-evaluate simplistic understandings of “the food system” as a mere collection of linear supply chains. Conventional categories delimit roles and possibilities for agency within the food system, rigidly defining people as either “producers” or “consumers”, divorcing farms and other sites of food production from their broader social context, and denying potentialities for connection and cooperation between institutions, interest groups, and communities.

The 2017 Oxford Food Forum seeks to showcase diverse understandings of the food system that break down traditional silos constraining connectivity between people, places, and problems within the food system. By bringing together graduate and early-career researchers with a wide range of players from throughout the food system—producers, consumers, activists and advocates, and everything in between—the Forum will generate new possibilities for understanding and building linkages across the food system.

**Registration is now open!**

Sign-up on our registration page (£5 for students, £7 for professionals; we are able to offer a very limited number of student tickets free of charge  If you would like to apply for a discounted ticket please contact us at Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Deadline for registration 26 April.

2017 Oxford Food Forum Agenda*

9:00 - Registration

9:30 - Opening Keynote
Professor Corinne Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London.

10:00-10:45 - Group icebreakers and visioning activity

10:45-12:00 - Understanding Linkages Across the Food System – panel and Q&A sessions.

Block A: Socio-Cultural Perspectives on the Food System

Linking Informal Food Vending and Food Security in Urban Bangladesh.
Elinor Brett Food Studies, American University of Rome.

Unequal Food: Paradoxes of Development in Bhutan.
Brian Young, Migration Studies, University of Oxford.

Specialty Coffee Pilgrims: Consuming Production on Origin Trips.
Sabine Parrish, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Negotiating Consumption in Rural-Local Culinary Tourism.
Jeanne Kessira, Anthropology of Food, SOAS.

Block B: Contextualizing Food Systems: Climate, Energy, Water

A water-food- energy nexus evaluation of climate change and food security in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries.
Catherine Arnold, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

The Food – Water – Energy Nexus: Archetypes within a Circular Economy.
Prof. Amir Sharif and Prof. Zahir Irani, Brunel Business School, Brunel University; Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford

Not The Future, But Close: Using scenarios to bastion food systems against climate change
Bernard Soubry, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

12:00-13:00 - Lunch and Poster session

Posters: Just Food? Nutrition and Beyond
        Helen Money - What the Nutritionist hears versus what the Nutritionist reads
        Matthew Jayes - Participatory Design and Human Food Interaction
        Marianna Kapsetaki – Eating Disorders in musicians: A survey investigating self-reported eating disorders if musicians.

13:00-14:10 - Building Linkages Across the Food System – Reconsidering our Food Systems

Block A: Redesigning food systems – Production and beyond.

The Case for Vertical Farms.
Richard Williams and Paul Gudonis, Falcon Coffees LTD; President of Inmarsat, global satellite communications company.

Beyond Binaries in Bristol's Community Gardens.
Louise Denham

Redesigning Food Systems: Transformative Social Innovation in Chiapas, Mexico.
Emilio Travieso, International Development, University of Oxford.

'Cities without Hunger’s’ Community Gardens.
Alice Bischof, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Block B: Opportunities in Oxfordshire’s food system

Chesta Théguerrai (Dot) – Abundance, urban fruit harvesting project.
Peter Lefort – Eden Project Communities Country Manager (England) and the Oxford Food Surplus Cafe
David Haynes – North Oxfordshire dairy farmer, on robotic milking and the dairy system
Aaron Hanson, Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford – The Potential in Community Supported Agriculture.

14:10 – 14:20 – Break

14:20 – 14:50 – Good Food Oxford: Engaging communities to tackle food poverty and promote sustainable diets in Oxford.
Frances Hansford (independent researcher) and Hannah Fenton (manager of Good Food Oxford)

14:55 – 15:25 – ‘Where the Lies Are’ – exploring the impact of food advertising on children’s eating habits.
A short documentary produced by a group of young people living in Hackney, London.
Presenters: Kate Poland (Cordwainers Grow) and Frances Hansford (independent researcher)

15:25 – 15:40 – Coffee and tea break

15:45 – 16:15 - Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gap between Research and Advocacy
Hannah Fenton – Manager of Good Food Oxford
Frances Hansford – Researcher and consultant on food systems and development
Kate Poland – founder and co-director of Cordwainers Grow CIC, a social enterprise in Hackney, London engaging the local community in their social and natural environment.
Emilio Travieso - Transformative Social Innovation in Chiapas, Mexico
Bernard Choubry – Climate resilience in the Canadian Maritimes.

16:15 – 16:45: Reflection activity

16:45 – 17:15: Closing keynote

17:15 – 18:00 - Networking Mixer

* Agenda is provisional and subject to change.

Photos of Student Fieldwork