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.

Health, Environment & Development (HED) Interdivisional Research Seminars

Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesday 5th November, 5-6:30pm

Venue: Department of International Development (QEH), Seminar Room 2

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

Speaker: Dr Vanessa Grotti

'Giving birth in an Amazonian gold rush: indigenous and tribal peoples, migration and healthcare policy in Suriname and French Guiana'


Health, Environment & Development (HED) Interdivisional Research Seminars

Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesday 12th November, 5-6:30pm

Venue: Department of International Development (QEH), Seminar Room 2

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

Speaker: Dr David Brown, Overseas Development Institute, London

'Health and development issues in the African bushmeat trade'


CHEW Conference 2014: Environmental, Health and Welfare Challenges for a Changing China

Date: 30 April 2014

Time: 10:30am – 5 pm

Location: E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford

China’s rapid economic development has dramatically transformed the country’s social and environmental landscape in recent decades. Such changes call for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative methods of inquiry. This one-day conference will bring together scholars from China, North America and the UK to explore issues affecting the natural environment, public health, and human welfare in China through a variety of theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, and practical experiences.

CHEW (China’s Health, Environment and Welfare) is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Hathaway, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, will be our keynote speaker. His talk, ‘The Emergence of Global Environmentalism in China’ will address how global environmentalism has been reshaping rural China over the past two decades, and how activities in China have, in turn, reshaped what we imagine to be global environmentalism.

We are delighted to provide lunch to our audience!

Further information: email

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Date: Tuesday 25 November

Time: 7pm

Location: Mawby Room, Kellogg College

Kellogg Sustainability Group is hosting a talk by the Director of The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Dr Alfred Gathorne-Hardy.

Refreshments will be served at 19.00. All College members and guests are welcome to attend, no booking required.


Join the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on 12 February for a seminar on environmental change and food security, presented by Dr John Ingram of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI).

Date: Thursday, 12 February, 2015

Time: 4-5.30pm

Venue: International Institute for Environment and Development, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH.

To attend this event: contact Claire Hatfield (, assistant coordinator of the Partnerships team at IIED.


  Date: Friday 4th December 2015

   Time: 10:00 - 16:30

   Venue: Oxford Martin School,University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD


Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (OCTF) Events - Hilary Term 2014 Seminar series

Date: Friday 7th February

Time: 4.15pm followed by drinks

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

Introducing Plant your Future: Creating a Model for Smallholder Sustainable Agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon

Speaker: Jenny Henman, Chairman, Plant your Future and Edward Mitchard, Trustee, Plant your Future and researcher at the University of Edinburgh

Plant your Future is a registered charity working at the grassroots level in Peru to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers living in the rainforest through the promotion of sustainable agriculture and the commercialization of forest products and ecosystem services. Our goal is to reduce poverty for farming communities whilst also mitigating climate change and protecting high conservation value forest through avoiding deforestation and restoring ecosystems.

All welcome.  For further details and to book a place for any OCTF event, please visit

*Please take a moment to book as it’s really useful for us to have an idea of numbers*


Speaker: Peter Hazell

Title: "Is small farm led development still a relevant strategy for Africa and Asia?"

Venue: Seminar Room D38, Department of Zoology

Date: Wednesday 6th March

Time: 4pm - 5pm

The seminar will be followed by drinks and snacks in D38.

The presentation from this talk is now available to download: Peter Hazell Presentation


Speaker: Dr Gordon McGranahan, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development.

Title: Urbanization and food insecurity in an unequal world.

Venue: Department of Plant Sciences

Date: Thursday 17th January

Time: 17.30


St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

07th November 2018


A multi-disciplinary research conference on the effects of meat and dairy on population health, the economy, society and the environment