Development

Elements of the food system have strong linkages with issues of development, since developing economies are often largely agricultural, and the poorest people disproportionately suffer from hunger and chronic food insecurity.

CCAFS Policy Guidance Coordinator

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Grade 7: £29,541 p.a.

The CCAFS research programme is a major research partnership between the CGIAR and the global environmental change community. Within the CCAFS program, multi-stakeholder regional scenarios are developed and used in planning and research in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America and the Andes region. Scenarios are alternate, plausible futures that capture uncertainties and systems complexity in a coherent and plausible fashion.

We seek a Policy Guidance Coordinator to further the impact of the scenarios development on actual policy and decision making processes. We use a “back-casting” method with stakeholders to identify critical policy outcomes, and then develop strategies and interventions to ensure these can be achieved under alternate scenarios. The policy guidance coordinator will play a critical role in the further process of embedding these strategies in ongoing and new institutional processes and investment plans.

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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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Job Title: James Martin Fellow

Project: Future of Food modelling project

Department: British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group (BHF HPRG), Dept of Public Health, Oxford

Grade 7: £29,541 - £36,298 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 12 July 2013 and it is planned to hold interviews on 23 July 2013.

Further details and information on how to apply please see the Oxford University Recruitment website

Further particulars: 108212 - James Martin Fellow G7 BHF

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Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Salary:   Grade 7 (£29,541 to £36,298)

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is seeking a quantitative researcher to work with Dr George Leeson in collaboration with Dr Mike Bonsall (Department of Zoology) on a project funded by the Oxford Martin Future of Food Programme.

Main responsibilities will be to conduct population modelling scenarios. As part of the scientific team at the Institute, the incumbent will be asked to contribute to research tasks related to demographic and statistical analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a world-leading research programme.

Applications should be submitted by 3 June 2013.

For more information and how to apply, please see the Job Details on the Oxford University Recruitment website

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University of Oxford Grade 7 scale £29,541 – £36,298 per annum, pro rata.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8 November

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) with the Food Systems research team for a period of 12 weeks, reporting to John Ingram, the ECI Food Systems Programme Leader. The post holder will have responsibility for carrying out research in support of the ‘Food and climate justice’ project under the joint supervision of ECI, CCAFS and Oxfam. This project will build on the Oxfam briefing paper ‘Growing disruption: climate change, food and the fight against hunger’ and will consider how change in climate variability alters the conditions that commonly weaken poor people’s access to food and utilisation of food, and with what effects.

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The Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) recently published an update of their Global Multidimensional Poverty Index. This is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards.

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Researchers can, and are already, playing a major part in supporting leaders to create new policies that can help improve food security. A new article in Global Environmental Change provides valuable lessons that can be helpful in attempts to better connect food security science with policy-creation.

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Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has brought out a major new report on the social, economic and environmental transformations in China’s food system.

Appetite for Change provides a detailed and integrative analysis of the dramatic changes in China’s food system over the last 35 years, and explores the linkages among the environmental, health, economic and cultural trends that are emerging.

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A new book on organic farming in India is coming out in October, written by Oxford Univeristy alum, Sapna Thottathil.

Should you buy organic food? Is it just a status symbol, or is it really better for us? Is it really better for the environment? What about organic produce grown thousands of miles from our kitchens, or on massive corporately owned farms? Is “local” or “small-scale” better, even if it’s not organic? A lot of consumers who would like to do the right thing for their health and the environment are asking such questions.

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A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their 'Our Planet, Our Health' programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health.  It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.

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