Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.


University of Oxford, May 7, 2016

Call for Papers


Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).
Everyone is welcome to attend.

> Seminars Programme [pdf]

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Time & Date: Thursday 7th November, from 12.30pm to 2pm

Venue: Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

Convenor: Professor Sarah Harper

Speaker: Kenneth Howse, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford

‘The effects of an ageing farm workforce in Vietnam’


Date: 25th November

Time: 4pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre B, Department of Zoology

Title: Should we blame agriculture on all our ills

Speaker: Professor Francois Balloux, Chair in Computational Biology Systems, University College London

Please note that access to the Department of Zoology's seminar rooms and the lecture theatres in the Tinbergen Building is only allowed to those who hold a valid University card. You will be required to show your card on entry to the building.


Speakers: Professor Liam Dolan, Co-Director, Plants for the 21st Century Institute, Oxford Martin School and Sherardian Professor of Botany, University of Oxford & Professor Jane Langdale, Co-Director, Plants for the 21st Century Institute, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Plant Development, University of Oxford

Chair: Professor Julian Savulescu, Director, Institute for Science and Ethics; Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

Title: Ethics and plant science – improving food yields in a changing environment

Venue: Humanities Building Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Date: Friday 22 February 2013

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

This seminar is free and open to all; however booking is recommended. Sandwiches provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

This talk is now available as a video and audio file, from the Oxford Martin School website


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.


Part of the 'The nature of conflict' seminar series hosted and organised by the Oxford Martin School. Find out more at:

Date: Thursday 18 May 2017, 17:00 – 18:00


Food security in the 21st Century

Mr Phil Bloomer, Oxfam GB

Date: 20 June 2013

Time: 13:00

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

In this lecture, Phil Bloomer (Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam) will explore the role that science and scientists have to play in overcoming the challenges of food security and hunger in the 21st century.

Today, 1 in 8 of us go to bed hungry and this situation only looks set to worsen as we reach closer to the planet’s ecological limits and inequality rises to yet further extremes.

Whilst political and economic solutions, such as redistribution and targeted investment, are often at the forefront of the battle to ensure access to food for all, science also has a vital role to play. In order for scientific solutions to be used responsibly, however, scientists must acknowledge the political and economic context in which their solutions will play out.


This term each lunch will have a ‘theme’ and two speakers from across the University’s academic community – staff and graduate students – will speak briefly on their work as it relates to a theme.


3rd June, Food, Labour and Natural Resources


Irrigation policy in a time of drought and high food prices

This seminar, organised by ICID.UK and the UEA Water Security Research Centre (with support from NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme and the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network) will examine global and local irrigation policy in the context of drought and high food prices. The 2012 droughts in the UK, the US and Indo-Gangetic Plain plus current high food prices provide the background to this seminar. The broad question that guides the seminar is “In a time of climate change and food scarcity, can better irrigation policies reduce food vulnerabilities?”

Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.

Date: Friday 9 November 2012

Time: 9.30 am to 5:00 pm


India faces widespread and complex water scarcity challenges, particularly in its farming sector: groundwater resources are rapidly declining and monsoon patterns more variable.

In response to these challenges, many Indian state governments have increased public investment in irrigated agriculture to promote agricultural growth. However, these efforts met with contrasting levels of success.