Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Salary: Grade 7: £30,434 - £37,394 p.a. This is a fixed-term post for 5 months.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon on 29 May 2015

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The Environmental Change Institute’s 'Food Systems Programme' is contributing to the University of Oxford's broad view of food systems by increasing understanding of the two-way interactions between food security and environmental change.

We are seeking to appoint a CCAFS Scenarios and Policy Research Assistant to coordinate the work of the scenarios project in East and West Africa. The post will involve extensive travel in the region. The duties include organising and leading workshops and writing research papers and scenario materials for the processes. You will be working closely with policy makers and international partners to ensure significant outcomes from scenario-guided policy processes.

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A new think piece has been published by the Food Climate Research Network focusing on the future of livestock production - or rather on a range of different livestock futures.

Find out more about the report and download it from the FCRN website.

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Care about what we eat? Interested in good evidence?  Want to influence policy?

Two new opportunities for dynamic, committed individuals in the Food Foundation.

The Food Foundation is a new independent organisation seeking to present solutions to address the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system. With very high rates of obesity, declining dietary quality among low-income consumers, rising food prices and growing pressure on producers and productive land, the challenge to make the food system have a positive human impact is immense.

We are recruiting for two positions, forming part of a small and dynamic team with the chance to shape the future strategy of the Food Foundation. Full details are on our website via the links below:

A Policy & Research Officer

A Communications & Admin Assistant

Both posts are located in central London (Vauxhall) with excellent transport links.

Closing date: 8 June at 9am.

For more information, please visit the Food Foundation website: www.foodfoundation.org.uk

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By Claire Agius, Epigenetics, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

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There are currently several research vacancies at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico:

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By Rachel Loopstra and David Stuckler, Department of Sociology

Foodbank use in the UK has topped one million for the first time, according to new figures from the Trussell Trust. The charity that oversees more than 400 food banks across the country has recorded a 19% rise in the number of food parcels being given out to families in need.

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On this week's Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, Professor Susan Jebb discuss her research into obesity and how she became a leading researcher in the field.

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Scientists in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics have discovered a previously unknown mechanism behind how the fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene promotes obesity.  Their findings may have important implications for future therapeutic strategies to combat obesity.

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By Jade Phillips, University of Birmingham

 

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This blog post is taken from Research in Conversation, a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University. Each interviewee raises a question arising from their research, which the next interview follows up on, approaching from a different discipline. Together, these linked interviews form 'chains' that collectively, and from many different perspectives, ask big questions like what it is to be human, how to live a healthy life and our changing relationship with information.

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