Past events

Fri 17 July, 2015

Speaker: CAPT Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD, Chief, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Bethesda, USA.

Title: 'Modern Nutrition and the Modern Mind: Aggression and Depression'.

Location: Warneford POWIC/SANE seminar room, OX3 7JX

Time: Noon

Date: Fri 17th, July 2015

Tue 30 June, 2015

Date: Tuesday, 30th June, 2015

Venue: Moa Room, ECI, SOGE 

Time: 10 am - 11 am

Talk title: Food safety, farming environments and sustainability: Examining lettuce production in California, and the UK

Speaker bio: Laura Driscoll is a PhD student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. Her Masters research explored the impacts of ecotourism on cultural identity and consumption patterns in indigenous communities living in the buffer zone of Peru's Bahuaja-Sonene National Park.

She has conducted social and ecological impact assessments for tourism companies and policy makers in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Tanzania, assessing landscape change and seeking to align tourism development goals with sustainable development targets. Her current research interests include global dynamics of climate change, environmental policy, and food systems, and sustainability planning. Her dissertation will explore how the parallel goals of ensuring food safety and protecting the environment can be jointly pursued in developed world agriculture, by examining how governance frameworks and private food safety standards in leafy greens production affect farmers' environmental practices in California and the United Kingdom.

Sun 28 June, 2015

Date: 28-30 June 2015

Venue: Balliol College, University of Oxford

The Oxford Water and Membranes biannual research events gather scientists and engineers to share ideas and progress in addressing some of the key challenges of the 21st century.

This year’s theme ‘The Water, Food and Energy Nexus’ will encompass any aspect of the water-food-energy nexus, whether it be one of the components separately or their interactions.

Thu 11 June, 2015

Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: St Cross College, Oxford

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.

Tue 09 June, 2015

InSIS Seminar Series: Ecologies of Expertise

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN.

Speaker: David Demortain, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés

Title: Thinking about expertise differently: GM risk assessment as an ecology of regulatory knowledge

The control over standards of regulatory evidence is one of the factors that determine who may be called an expert, despite the level of scrutiny and contestation that surrounds claims to expertise, specifically in public and controversial environments. The history of the regulatory testing of genetically modified organisms shows that that standards of proof are simultaneously shaped in various inter-related spaces (industrial, academic, regulatory, civic spaces among others), and are thus varied, if not multiple. Standards of proof get selected or deselected, rise or fall, depending on what happens in this complex environment, or what may be called an ecology of regulatory knowledge, that heavily determines who may prove products safe or unsafe, and thus claim to be an expert.

Mon 01 June, 2015

Professor Susan Jebb

1 Jun 2015

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

1-7 Wellington Square (Rewley House), Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JA

Book online here

Susan Jebb is a nutrition scientist who has spent more than 25 years studying the links between what we eat and the effect on our weight and risk of cardiovascular disease. Her research includes a mix of observational analyses from prospective cohorts, experimental studies, and both controlled and pragmatic dietary intervention studies. In this talk she will consider how evidence from these diverse sources informs dietary recommendations. Drawing on her experience as a scientific advisor to the Department of Health on obesity and food policy, and a raft of public engagement activities, including the recent Horizon series “What’s the right diet for you?”, she will consider how scientific evidence is translated into policy and practice.

Fri 29 May, 2015

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

Time: 16:15

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

OCTF seminar followed by drinks

Speaker: Dr Luke Parry, Lecturer & ESRC Future Research Leader, Lancaster University

All welcome. To book a place for this event please visit

Thu 28 May, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminar series - Trinity Term 2015

Themed series: Qualitative research perspectives on eating disorders (Week 2 – Week 5)

Date: Thursday 28 May

Time: 1-2pm

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

Convenors: Karin Eli and Stanley Ulijaszek


Speaker: Karin Eli, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Title: Strategic ambivalence: liminal patienthood on an eating disorders ward

Thu 14 May, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminar series - Trinity Term 2015

Themed series: Qualitative research perspectives on eating disorders (Week 2 – Week 5)

Date: Thursday 14 May

Time: 1-2pm

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

Convenors: Karin Eli and Stanley Ulijaszek


Speaker: Anna Lavis, Health and Population Sciences Department, University of Birmingham

Title: Anorexia as self-care: desire, stasis and not eating

Thu 07 May, 2015

Health Economics and Policy Seminar Series

Date: Thursday 7 May

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Green Templeton College, Barclay Room

Title: Gluttony and sloth in the UK: patterns of food consumption and energy expenditure over the past three decades

Speaker: Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester