On the 27th November 2017, the 5 networks that make up the Oxford Network for the Environment came together to celebrate Oxford University’s outstanding interdisciplinary research.

 

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Earlier this year, the Environmental Change Institute’s (ECI’s) food systems group held the First Oxford Meeting on Food System Impact Valuation. The Meeting, on the 11 and 12 of April 2017, brought together representatives from some of the world’s largest food companies, civil society, and academia, to discuss standardised and pre-competitive measurement and monetary valuation of environmental, social and health impacts from food systems.
 
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An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.

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The Food Foundation have launched a competition to design a poster for a UK-wide advertising campaign that encourages children to eat more veg (#PeasPlease).

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**Thank you for your interest, the position has now been filled.**

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Researchers from the University of Oxford have been awarded funding from the Research Councils UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) as part of a £6.3 million project to investigate how to achieve food security whilst protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services and promoting social equity.

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A number of positions are available at the new Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, hosted by Oxford Martin School, to shape the growth of an entirely new field of research field: that of planetary health.

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Charles Godfray, FRS, Hope Professor of Zoology, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, and Fellow of Jesus College, has been knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government. Sir Charles is a population biologist whose work involves ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is also interested in the interplay of science and policy, especially in the areas of the environment and food security.

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Guest blog by Carolina Bruschi, a PhD student in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading.

The 2017 Oxford Food Forum: “Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages Across the Food System” took place on 29 April in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. It was a one-day conference focusing on the relationships and communications inside the food system and their impacts on the production chain.

In my research I have found that the more I specialised I become, the more I recognise a lack of interdisciplinarity and connection between the different levels in the food system. Segregation of academic research from practice is increasingly noticeable, and the result of this segregation is that we often end up overlooking the root causes of some of the problems we encounter, whilst focusing on solving secondary issues generated by them. Over the course of the conference, it became clear to me that this isolation is embedded in the roots of academia, which divides knowledge into segments. This makes communication between the segments difficult and thereby reduces the probability of finding solutions to problems.

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