Contemporary Food Issues Symposium Keynote Speaker Announced: Tom Wakeford

We are delighted to announce that Dr Tom Wakeford will be giving the keynote lecture during our annual symposium on the 16th of June 2016.

Tom Wakeford is Reader in Public Science at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University. His work focuses on the addressing inequality and human rights through collaborative generation of democratic knowledge. Tom’s research is often practice-based through the use of participatory action research methods. He has a particular interest in addressing racism within the research system and, more generally, bridging the divide between academics and those whose expertise comes from their experience. His past research on food sovereignty and agroecological initiatives has primarily been in the UK and India.

In recent months Tom has been working with BSUFN on a number of initiatives, including a workshop on the use of arts as a method for engagement to improve research and dialogue around food.

We are looking forward to hearing Tom’s insights into collaboration across academia and non-academia and transdisciplinarity as BSUFN contunies to grow and develop expertise in this area.

More details about the symposium are available here, including information on how to register to attend and the call for abstracts (open until the 29th of April 2016).

Supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund. The Symposium 2016 is also kindly supported by: SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) and the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, and COSTALS (Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies), University of Brighton.

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