Past events

Thu 19 June, 2014

The Global Economic Governance Programme presents:

The Impact of Subsidized Insurance on Farm Financial Risk: Global Lessons from Agricultural Policy in the United States

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time: 14:00 to 15:30

Venue: BSG Board Room, 10 Merton Street

Speaker: Dr Todd Kuethe, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Chair: Prof. Charles Godfray

On February 7, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law. The Act, in many ways, represents a new era in agricultural policy in the United States: one of the key changes is that it eliminates the direct payments program in favour of publicly subsidized insurance products. In the future, subsidized insurance is likely to become the dominant agricultural policy in many areas of the developed and developing world, and the lessons provided by the American experience may provide valuable information for policy makers and academics around the globe.

This seminar will highlight many of the key findings of Dr. Kuethe’s research on the impacts of agricultural insurance programs. By mitigating downside economic risk, subsidized insurance allows farmers to engage in riskier financial activities. Dr. Kuethe’s work demonstrates that farmers who adopt subsidized insurance are likely to increase short-term debt and have a higher default risk. Another way farmers offset the reduced financial risk is to adopt rental arrangements that shift financial risk away from the landlord and to the farmer tenant (from traditional share-lease agreements to cash rent agreements). Finally, there is evidence that the risk mitigating benefits are capitalized into underlying farmland values.

Interested in attending? Register for your ticket.

Thu 12 June, 2014

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 12 June

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: John Coveney, Flinders University

‘The disenchantment of the plate’

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Mon 02 June, 2014

Challenges of the early 21st century

Date: Monday 2 June

Time: 12.15 – 1.00pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Speaker: Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS, Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resources Management, University of Oxford

The latter half of the 20th century was a period of massive population growth, significant poverty, the over exploitation of natural resources and substantial pollution including greenhouse gas emissions . The related challenges posed in the early decades of the 21st century are in many ways inexorable and complicated by economic, social demographic and environmental change. This talk will focus on these challenges and some of the ways they may be addressed.

Professor Sir John Beddington will give a seminar in the Large Lecture Theatre on Monday 2 June (12.15 – 1.00pm) titled “Challenges of the early 21st century”. The seminar will be hosted by Head of Department, Liam Dolan, a Director of the Oxford Martin Plants for the 21st Century Institute.

Between January 2008 and the end of March 2013, Sir John was the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. Currently he is Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School

Fri 23 May, 2014

Date: 23rd May 2014

Time: Academic presentations 2pm – 5pm, Tasting Workshop 5:30pm - 7pm

Location: The Tanner Room, Linacre College South Parks Road, OX1 3JA

Registration required: newfoodfrontiers@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Food and foodways find themselves both under threat from climatic, environmental, and demographic shifts and at the same time more syncretic, dynamic, and cosmopolitan than ever.

In this symposium, we wish to bring new perspectives on food from geography and anthropology into conversation to better understand the construction, performance and imagining of boundaries between food cultures, and the practices through which they are transgressed.

Whether spatial or temporal, social or biological, the frontiers of food production and consumption have stimulated critical thought and represent lines of tension and reflection within the ongoing transformations of globalisation.

Bringing together empirical work from students and researchers in Oxford we hope to explore and interrogate how food might become ‘the epicentre of the reformation of our relationship to economies, cultures, ethics, politics and ecologies.’  Goodman and Sage (2014:6).

Sponsored by Technological Natures Research Cluster, School of Geography and the Environment and Linacre College

Thu 22 May, 2014

Date: Thursday 22 May

Time: 4pm, with drinks following the talk

Venue: Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Speaker: Professor Jason Hill

Jason Hill is McKnight Land-Grant Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as a Resident Fellow of the University’s Institute on the Environment. His research focuses on the consequences of energy, agriculture, and natural resource use from a life-cycle perspective. Dr. Hill’s work on the impacts of transportation biofuels has been published in the journals Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently served on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production. Dr. Hill received his AB in Biology from Harvard College and his PhD in Plant Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota.

Find out more about Jason Hill's research.

This lecture is funded by a generous benefaction from Professor Oliver Smithies, which enables Balliol to bring distinguished visitors to the University of Oxford.

Listen to Jason Hill's lecture.

Thu 22 May, 2014

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.

Thu 22 May, 2014

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 22 May

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: Amy Sharrocks, Artist, filmmaker and sculptor

Bodies of water

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Wed 14 May, 2014

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development Seminar

Date: Wednesday 14th May

Time: 12:45 – 14:00

Venue: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College

Presenters:

Dr John Ingram, Oxford, Food Systems Programme Leader at the ECI

Dr Ruth Kattumuri, LSE, Co-Director, Asia Research Centre and India Observatory; Associate, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The discussion will begin at 13:00, with a light lunch from 12:45.

All welcome. Please RSVP to salome.hughes@some.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

Fri 09 May, 2014

Date: Friday May 9th

Time: 19:30-21:00, followed from drinks and nibbles

Venue: Jesus College, Habakkuk Room

Speakers: Tristram Stuart and Dr Sean Rickard

Come to Jesus College to hear from Tristram Stuart and Dr Sean Rickard about the issues surrounding global food wastage.

This event, hosted by Food Justice, will feature a debate between these two professionals who have long been involved in the food industry.

Tristram, founder of the 'Feeding the 5000' campaign and author of numerous books including 'Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal', and Sean, ex-Chief Economist for the National Farmers' Union and founder of Sean Rickard Ltd, a consultancy that provides independent economic analysis of farming.

The event will run from 19:30-21:00 in the Habakkuk Room and will be followed from drinks and nibbles. We hope to see you all there!

Thu 08 May, 2014

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 8 May

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: Nadine Levin, University of Exeter

Microbes matter: metabolism and chronic disease in contemporary biomedicine

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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