Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

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


Rebecca O'Connell and Julia Brannen present their new book:


Food, Families, and Work


Neil Stephens, Clemens Driessen and Alexandra Sexton

Tuesday 26th April 2016 - 4:00pm
Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University



A workshop for producers, suppliers, food buyers, consumers and organisational representatives keen to grow an exciting new food project for South Oxfordshire.

Date: Thursday 6th March 2014

Time: either 2.00 - 4.30pm or 5.30 – 8.00 pm

Venue: Fison Barn, Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ

We will explore participants’ vision for a practical project in our region that will promote good, healthy, local food, the interests of businesses and the environment.

Refreshments will be provided between the two sessions with time for informal networking.

For a full programme or any enquiries please contact Philip Pritchard on 01865 409403 or

RSVP to state which session you would like to attend and if you have any special dietary requirements. Thank you!

This event is being organised by the Earth Trust in partnership with the South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS), a network of Community Action Groups.

General enquiries-; 01865 407792;


Archaeobotany Discussion Group

Date: Monday 27 April

Time: 12.00pm

Location: Danson Room, Trinity College

The next ADG meeting will be on Monday, April 27th at 12.00pm at the Danson Room at Trinity College.

John Letts will be delivering the following lecture: “Growing Ancient Cereals in the UK for Flour and Thatch.”

John Letts is an archaeobotanist, agronomist and farmer who has grown heritage varieties of wheat for over a decade, conducting experimental research for local flour suppliers like Doves Farm. His lecture will cover some of the traits and physiological properties of heritage varieties of cereals and how these can contribute to agricultural diversity and sustainability.


  Date: Friday 4th December 2015

   Time: 10:00 - 16:30

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


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



Speakers: Tom Curtis, 3Keel & Julian Cottee, 3Keel & Good Food Oxford

Title: Community initiatives for a sustainable food system in Oxford

Date: Monday 9 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.

The FoodPrinting Oxford report (2013) developed a methodology to quantify for the first time the environmental impacts and dependencies of food consumption in Oxford in terms of land, water and energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition it evaluated options for taking action at city level and identified groups of organisations and businesses able to act in different areas. Included in this options appraisal was an assessment of the productive capacity around Oxford’s geographical ‘city-region’.  A year later, a new organisation, Good Food Oxford, took shape develop the city’s capacity to coordinate effective food sustainability activities. We will report on the approach that has been taken and how new cross-sector collaborations have started to build on the FoodPrinting report to take on the complex challenge of behaviour change.