Governing Food Policy Workshop

Governing Food Policy Workshop

Friday 25th of September 2015

14:00 – 17:30

Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Room 2.10 – University of Sussex campus, Falmer

This workshop sees the launch of a new Food Policy and Governance special interest group (SIG) hosted by BSUFN. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the broad topic of governing food policy in the context of work being undertaken by BSUFN members. Food policy is considered broadly as any policy of an organisation or governing institution which is related to food. Discussion among workshop participants aims to inform any areas of interest and priorities for activities and collaboration within the Food Policy and Governance SIG and BSUFN more broadly.

The workshop will centre on a series of questions to provoke discussion but these questions should not be considered to be exhaustive and other related topics for discussion are welcomed.

  • In what ways are local, national, and global food policies and priorities interlinked?
  • Does existing local, national, and international food policy reflect the needs and priorities of society?
  • Which stakeholders currently influence the production of food policy?
  • Through what means can society engage with and influence the production of food policy? Is society currently successful in this?
  • In what ways could BSUFN interact with food policy research, governance, and societal engagement?

The workshop is kindly supported by SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex.

Sessions will be structured as ‘quick fire’ introductions followed by a period of open discussion among workshop participants. Speakers will each be given ten minutes to introduce a topic concerning food policy within their area of interest.


Time Session
14:00 Welcome and Introduction

Rachael Taylor (SPRU, University of Sussex)

14:10 Food Policy and Sustainability at an International Scale
Saurabh Arora (SPRU, University of Sussex) Sustainability Standards in Global Value Chains for Food
Ruth Segal (SPRU, University of Sussex) Contested International Agricultural Research Agendas
Elise Wach (Institute of Development Studies) Governing Seed Sovereignty from International to National Scales
14:40 Open discussion
14:55 Food Industry and Food Policy in Governing Bodies
Erik Millstone (SPRU, University of Sussex) The Role of Food Industry and the European Union in Food Policy
Peter Senker (University of East London) The Influence of Economics and Innovation on Food Policy
Durwin Banks (The Linseed Farm and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership) The Importance of Health and Diet in Food Policy
15:25 Open discussion
15:40 Tea / coffee break
16:00 Local Food Policy in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex
  Emily O’Brien (Brighton & Hove Food Partnership) Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Governance of Local Food Systems
Bella Wheeler (Social Work, University of Sussex Food Poverty in Brighton and the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project
16:20 Open discussion
16:35 Break out group discussions

Rachael Taylor (SPRU, University of Sussex)

16:55 Feedback and open discussion
17:30 Close

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