Oxford Food Governance Group

Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: St Cross College, Oxford

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: http://goo.gl/forms/J7TISWHHDA. You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.

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Date: Thursday 22 May

Time: 2-5:30pm

Location: St. Cross College

The workshop will focus on working papers, developed as part of our ongoing research project on consumer engagements with food governance.

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By Tanja Schneider.

As part of our new research into ‘Emerging forms of food consumer behaviour and food governance’ supported by the Oxford Martin Future of Food Programme, we are exploring what kinds of information and communication technologies are available to assist consumers in gathering and exchanging knowledge on a broad spectrum of food issues. We are particularly interested in learning more about consumers’ use of mobile phone apps, online consumer organisations and databases and other websites that provide information on food content, price, availability etc. Related to this, some of you may have seen our invitation to participate in a short online survey to share with us what about food matters most to you and how you go about finding out relevant information with or without the use of new ICTs.

Based on the information you provided in the survey (we are still looking for more participants!) and our own mapping of potential ICT-enabled sources of food information, we recently have become interested in a number of mobile apps, how they work, what they allow consumers to do and for whom these might be of interest and relevance. So one of our OFG team, Tanja, set out to test some apps in her everyday consumer life, took notes and offered to report back her experiences to the group. We decided to share her report with our blog readers for further discussion, thoughts and reflections.

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What about food matters most to you?

The Oxford Food Governance Group wants to know!

Take our short (10-15 minute) survey and make your voice heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MH8JBVS

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact us at oxfordfoodgovernance@gmail.com

Thank you!

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On Thursday 16 May, the Oxford Food Governance Group will be convening a half-day workshop entitled ‘Towards Food Systems Transparency’.

Speakers include:

  • David BARLING (Centre for Food Policy, City University London)
  • Tara GARNETT (The Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford)
  • Erinch SAHAN (Policy Adviser, Private Sector Advocacy Team, Oxfam)
  • Christel SCHALDEMOSE (Member of the European Parliament)

The workshop will take place in St Cross Room at St Cross College, Oxford, from 1-5pm.

All are welcome to attend the workshop, but registration is essential at: http://tinyurl.com/ofggmay2013.

Slides from the workshop are now available online here.

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The Oxford Food Governance Group seminars last term on the Politics and Practices of Food are now available to listen to online as podcasts from the Oxford University podcast website:

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Last week Oxford Food Governance Group team member Dr. Catherine Dolan commented on the growing interest of Business Schools and MBA students in sustainable food entrepreneurship in the Financial Times.

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Drs. Karin Eli and Tanja Schneider are organising a session on ‘Taste and the Everyday Governance of Food Consumption‘ at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in San Diego in September 2013. Read more no. 28 >

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This study will examine ways in which new media shape consumer activism and food governance.

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These seminars took place in Michaelmas Term 2012 (October & November).

A number of these seminars are now available to listen to as podcasts

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