There is an iCASE BBSRC PhD studentship available in the Department of Zoology on insect control, resistance management and agricultural economics. The project is supervised by Dr Mike Bonsall.

Application Deadline: 15 March 2013

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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.


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 >


The risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians than people who eat meat and fish, according to a new study from the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford.


Oxford asks - What does it take to feed a city?

Commissioned by Oxford’s City Council, ‘FoodPrinting Oxford’ calculates the resources and risks involved with Oxford’s food supply, and explores how best to make the city’s food system more reliable.

Copies of the report can be downloaded from the LandShare website here:


The newly-announced project, "Modelling the Relationship between the Food System and Health, Development, and the Environment", funded through the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, is looking to recruit a post-doc to work on the project.

The closing date for applications is midday on 4 January 2013 and it is planned to hold interviews on 25 January 2013.


Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research into the Food System

Announcing the results of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food funding call 2012

Modelling how the food system interacts with health, development and the environment; examining emerging links between social media and food consumer behaviour; and studying the impacts of environmental change and ageing farmer populations on food production in Vietnam. These are the three interdisciplinary research projects being funded through the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.


The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food and Uncertainty: The Past, Present and Future of Food Security

The 2nd Annual Oxford Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2013, sent to:


A new article has been published in the journal Global Public Health by Michael Goran, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and Oxford researcher Stanley Uliaszek, professor of Anthropology and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity.

The research, which aimed to evaluate, from a global and ecological perspective, the relationships between availability of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and prevalence of type 2 diabetes, concluded that "these results suggest that countries with higher availability of HFCS have a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes independent of obesity."


The annual President's Event for LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, was held on November 14th in the HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf, London.

The theme of the event was "The changing faces of sustainability" and it was hosted LEAF President, Baroness Hazel Byford, DBE with keynote speaker, Professor Charles Godfray FRS.