Annual Conference 2017

Thanks to all speakers, organisers and delegates for helping to make the 2017 Oxford Food Forum such a great success! You can read two write ups of the day's events in this guest blog for the Future of Food website by Carolina Bruschi, and in the Dispatches blog for the Centre for Food Policy, City University London by Professor Corinna Hawkes, "Seven connections we need to make to fix the food system".

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.

Presenter biographies are now available here.

Download the final agenda (pdf).


2017 Oxford Food Forum Agenda

9:00-9:20 - Registration (Foyer)

9:20-9:30 - Welcome and Introduction (Lecture theatre)

9:30-10:15 - Opening Keynote (Lecture theatre)
Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London.

10:20-11:20 - Understanding Linkages Across the Food System – parallel sessions.

Block A: Socio-Cultural Perspectives on the Food System (Lecture theatre)

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 (Gottmann room)

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.

11:20-11:30 - Mid-morning coffee (Beckit room)

11:30-12:35Building Linkages Across the Food System – Redesigning our Food Systems (Lecture theatre)

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

12:35-13:25 - Lunch and Poster session (Beckit room)

Lunch provided by Waste2Taste – using food from the Oxford Food Bank that would otherwise have gone to waste. 

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.

Laura Lengnick – Two short videos on resilient food systems (Lecture theatre)

13:25-14:30 - Building Linkages Across the Food System – Opportunities in Oxfordshire's food system (Lecture theatre)

Chesta Tiwari (Dot) – Founder of Abundance (urban fruit harvesting community project), co-founder of Feeding the Gaps (food poverty project) and the Chair of Good Food Oxford
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.

14:30-14:35 - Break (Beckit room)

14:35-15:05 – Good Food Oxford: Engaging communities to tackle food poverty and promote sustainable diets in Oxford. (Lecture theatre)
Frances Hansford (independent researcher)

15:05-15:40 – ‘Where the Lies Are’ – exploring the impact of food advertising on children’s eating habits. (Lecture theatre)
A short documentary produced by a group of young people living in Hackney, London.
Presenters: Kate Poland (Cordwainers Grow) and Frances Hansford (independent researcher)

15:40-15:50 – Coffee and tea break (Beckit room)

15:50-16:50 - Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gap between Research and Advocacy (Lecture theatre)

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.

16:50-17:30: Plenary keynote and closing activity (Lecture theatre)

Laura Lengnick - founder of Cultivating Resilience; VP at Climate Optimize; advisor to the USDA Climate Science Learning Network, NC Adapt, and the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance.

17:30-18:00 - Networking Mixer (Beckit room)

* Agenda is provisional and subject to change.

Photos of Student Fieldwork