Governance

Food security in a globally-connected world will require better governance at all levels – local, national and international.

The University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute's Food Systems Programme is looking to hire a Food Systems Programme Manager.

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Salary: Grade 6: £27,057 - £32,277 p.a.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon on Wednesday 8 April 2015

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

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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.

The Food Systems Programme is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will work with us to implement a project to explore the future of food systems.

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

Salary: £30,434 - £37,394

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Application Deadline: Friday 17 April 2015, interviews will be held on Friday 24 April 2015.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Conceptual Frameworks and Scenarios Analysis for the H2020 'SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security (SUSFANS)

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Salary: £38,511 - £45,954 p.a.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2015

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.

They are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will work as part of the Programme team with specific emphasis on helping to deliver the Horizon 2020 SUSFANS WP1 (Conceptual framework and FNS sustainability metrics) and the scenario review element of WP6. This will entail special emphasis on developing metrics for sustainable food systems and the use of foresight exercises in sustainable food and nutrition security in Europe. The post will involve limited travel within UK and Europe.

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

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Restatements Research Assistant

Deadline: 12.00 noon on Monday 30 March 2015

For more details, visit the Oxford University Recruitment Website or download the job description.

Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 6: £27,057 - £32,277 p.a.

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, with the Oxford Martin School, is recruiting a research assistant to join a team producing policy-relevant reviews of the natural science evidence base in contested subjects. These reviews – called “Evidence Restatements” - are a new format of scientific paper summarising the scientific literature relevant to a contentious policy debate. Early topics have covered the control of bovine TB (including the effects of badger culling) and whether insecticides are responsible for pollinator declines.

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Laura Pereira, a PhD student at the School of Geography and the Environment, has just published her PhD thesis entitled, "Private sector adaptive capacity to climate change impacts in the food system: food security implications for South Africa and Brazil".

You can download her thesis from the GECAFS website here

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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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If you missed Prof Jason Hill's talk last week on the "Sustainability Of Our Global Food System: A Life Cycle Perspective", you can listen again to his talk and download his slides.

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Lord John Krebs has been interviewed by Jim al-Khalili on the Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific.

Lord Krebs talks about how he was first drawn to biology, his research as an animal behaviour specialist as Professor of Zoology at Oxford University, and his work in policy as the first Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, where he was embroiled in controversial questions such as is organic food better for us and how can the spread of foot and mouth disease be stopped.

Lord Krebs is now Master of Jesus College, Oxford, but is still involved in issues where science meets public policy, in particular the debate over whether culling badgers will prevent cattle contracting TB.

Lord Krebs is also, among other things, the Chair of the Advisory Group for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

You can listen to the programme on the Radio 4 website

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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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The Food Systems Research Group in the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food are organising a seminar series based on a number of food system levels: national, subnational, major cities and a provincial city.

The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

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

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