News

Wed 09 September, 2015

Deadline: Sunday, September 27, 2015

The FCRN is looking for interns to evaluate and develop the networking functions of the website. Do you have an interest in food system sustainability and want to gain some practical work experience in this field? Do you want to get an in depth view of the workings of a global online network and contribute to analyse challenges of online collaboration and networking? We are looking for people who have a diversity of experiences – both people with technical experience working with websites (using website tools focused on design and functionality) as well as people who are more familiar with communications and how networks and online interactions function. We thus also welcome people who are relatively new to working with websites and who can therefore contribute a beginner’s-eye view and an ‘outsider’s perspective.

Wed 02 September, 2015

The Environmental Change Institute is pleased to announce a new internship available to any currently matriculated Oxford students with Good Food Oxford, a Sustainable Food Cities initiative that aims to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in and around Oxford.

Good Food Oxford is offering a placement for an intern to help develop monitoring and evaluation modeling to measure the impact of their work. The intern will be required to compile background data and statistics on their three strategy areas in order to form a baseline from which to establish measurable deliverables. They will then have the opportunity to work closely with the team to establish monitoring and evaluation models, and feed into their policy and strategy work.

To find out more, please read the Good Food Oxford Specification or contact Emma Weisbord, the Sustainability Internship Programme Coordinator.

Thu 23 July, 2015

Have you ever found yourself preferring to eat with one spoon rather than another? Or maybe you’ve found yourself pondering which is the best set of cutlery to buy for your home, by judging how good it ‘looks’, or rather, how good it ‘feels’ in the hand? While the design (think shape, material, ergonomics) of the cutlery is what we all think that we are judging, maybe what drives our preference for one eating utensil over another is an often overlooked but substantial characteristic: Its weight.

Wed 22 July, 2015

A new issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, edited by Christopher Adam and Doug Gollin, Department of International Development, discusses the economics and politics of the rapidly changing global food and agricultural system.

It tackles the big public policy questions associated with the huge, recent transformation of the food system from small scale and highly seasonal agricultural production to an industrialized food system in which farm-based production accounts for only a small fraction of gross spending on food in rich countries.

Wed 15 July, 2015

Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes

The Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme is pleased to announce an exciting new programme of teaching and learning for graduate students at the Environmental Change Institute and four other leading universities in England.

Wed 08 July, 2015

A study co-authored by Oxford researchers says spikes in food prices during the last global recession can be linked with the increase in malnutrition among children in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in 2009.

Wed 24 June, 2015

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is pleased to announce a new Exchange Fellowship Programme in collaboration with the Florida Climate Insitute for faculty members at these two universities to forge new partnerships and foster the development of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in the area of food systems, climate and biodiversity.

We will be selecting two fellows for the academic year 2015/16 to visit the University of Florida, and two to visit Oxford.

The Fellowship will cover travel and subsistence expenses for these exchange visit up to a maximum of £5,000 per Fellowship. Applicants must be currently employed by either the University of Florida or the University of Oxford.

Application deadline: Friday 31st July, 2015

For more information and details of how to apply, please read the Florida Oxford Exchange Fellowship Details Document.

Tue 16 June, 2015

About this Opportunity

We have grants for early-career researchers (see Eligibility section) to attend a workshop in Brazil entitled 'Next Generation Sequencing applications to improve livestock welfare, food security and socioeconomic stability in Brazil'. The grants will cover all costs associated with attending the workshop, including travel, accommodation and meals. Please note that travel insurance and medical insurance are not covered by the grant.

The workshop is part of Researcher Links, being run under the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

The workshop will be taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12-16 October 2015.

Eligibility

  • This is open to early-career researchers based in the UK and Brazil only. There is no restriction on nationality, however participants must be affiliated to a UK or Brazilian higher education or research institute at the time of the application.
  • Early-career researcher is defined as having obtained a PhD no more than 10 years prior to the workshop dates. A PhD is a requirement. Consideration is given to researchers that have had a career break.
  • All applications must be received before the deadline (29 July).

How to Apply

Please download the Workshop information and application form.

Contact

Please direct all queries related to the workshop to J.Cronin@swansea.ac.uk

For queries related to Researcher Links or the Newton Fund, please contact uk-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org

Tue 16 June, 2015

Junior Policy Analyst - Sustainable Agriculture

Application Deadline: 5 July 2015 (midnight- Paris time)

Apply Online

The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.  

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice in support of  governments’ efforts to improve the domestic and international performance of their trade, agriculture, food and fishery policies and to maintain the orderly use of export credits.

The Environment Division is looking for a Junior Policy Analyst who will contribute to analysing national policies supporting sustainable agricultural productivity growth and the resilience of famers in the face of climate change.  The selected person will work under the supervision of the Head of Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD).

Wed 10 June, 2015

Employing unit: Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: 19 June 2015

Reference number: SF07948

Post type: Full-time, Fixed-term until 30 September 2018

Payscale: £28,695 to £38,511 per annum – please note salary is dependent on location/institution. Please consult the salary range in the local job advert for each institution.

Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

IFSTAL seeks to recruit a team of five full-time Coordinators for the ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) Programme, one to be based in each of the consortium institutions. The positions are fixed-term contracts from mid-2015 until 30 September 2018.

The University of Reading is collecting applications for all five institutions, so to formally apply, please visit Jobs at the University of Reading – University of Reading or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

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