urban food systems

By Professor Mike Hamm, C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University (MSU) & visiting fellow of Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

In this blog-post Visiting Fellow, Mike Hamm, critically considers the environmental sustainability of vertical- and indoor farming.  In particular, he explores and challenges claims that fully indoor production systems can provide a significant source of food for urban areas at low carbon cost.  Ultimately, he argues that there are a number of other urban and peri-urban food growing options that offer greater potential, and deserve more policy attention and support.


Speaker: Professor John Porter, University of Copenhagen

Title: Food systems of capital cities

Date: Monday 2 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

John Porter will present some analyses of the food system of capital cities as well as an overview of the AR5 IPCC chapter on food security and food production systems that he led recently. He will also present some new ideas on developing ideal cropping systems, based on the earlier concept of crop ideotypes.


People » Meg Wiessner

MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy

Meg's research interests lie in urban livability and equality, food systems, and materials development. Her work has focused on a variety of topics, including: conflicts and competing narratives around development and urban agriculture; sustainable materials development in textiles and additive manufacturing; and connections between luxury eco-consumption and cultural appropriation. She's now currently working on a variety of projects addressing these issues through the arts. 


Guest Lecture organised by the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group

“Urban food systems”

Speaker: Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University & Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) for the World Health Organisation’s landmark global Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005- 2008).  

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2013

Time: 1.00pm  - 2.00pm

Venue: Room 211, Second Floor, Rosemary Rue Building,  Old Road Campus

All welcome