Comtemporary Food Issues: Annual Symposium 2016

The annual symposium has become the highlight of BSUFN’s year, showcasing the diversity of food-related research being undertaken at Brighton and Sussex Universities alongside discussion of non-academic and community-based initiatives in East Sussex and beyond.

In recent years, food and related topics have received an increasing profile in the media, in policy debates, and in research and theoretical discourse. Food has become a pressing issue of our time and interacts with other pertinent topics such as politics, economics, sustainability, environment and climate change, health, society and culture, and the food-water-energy nexus.

The 2016 annual symposium will reflect this current agenda through the theme ‘Contemporary Food Issues‘.

The symposium will take place on Thursday the 16th of June 2016 and will be held at the University of Brighton Falmer campus. This will be a day-long event.

Symposium Programme

An outline of the programme for the day is below and the full programme is available to download by following this link: BSUFN Contemporary Food Issues Programme

Time Session Room
9:00-9:20 Registration, tea/coffee and Posters E512
9:20-9:30 Welcome E513
9:30-10:15 Keynote Speech – Dr Tom Wakeford – Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University E513
“You just don’t get it, do you?” Building a food movement that takes social justice seriously.

Chair: Ruth Segal

10:15-11:15 Brighton & Hove Communities – Room E513

Chair: Bella Wheeler

Jenny Hacker  
Serena Verdenicci  
11:15-11:40 Tea/coffee break and Posters E512
11:40-13:10 Global Commodification and Responses – Room E513

Chair: Prof Michael Lipton

Consumers, Identity and Culture – Room E512

Chair: Abigail Wincott

Tom Lines Beth Kamunge  
Sara Brouwer Gilly Smith  
Jennifer Spicer Jonas House  


Lunch and Posters

Living With The Land – film showing with Permaculture People



14:10-14:55 Alternative Models of Sustainable Food Systems

Chair: Rachael Taylor

Three models of sustainable food systems will be ‘pitched’ as alternative to mainstream food and agriculture systems. This will be followed by an open discussion.

Contributions from:

Slow Food Sussex – Michael Little

Permaculture People – Phil Moore and Lauren Simpson

Food Sovereignty Sussex – Jocelyn Jones

14:55-15:55 Food Safety, Quality and Novelty – Room E513

Chair: Edwin Cristancho

Professor Erik Millstone  
Naomi Hossain  
15:55-16:20 Tea/coffee break and Posters E512
16:20-17:20 Processed Food and its Discontents – Room E513

Chair: Caroline Hodges

Graham Sharp and Judith Watson
Peter Senker
17:20-17:30 Sum up and Close E513

Registration to Attend the Symposium

Registration for the Contemporary Food Issues symposium is now closed.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Tom Wakeford – Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University.

“You just don’t get it, do you?” Building a food movement that takes social justice seriously.

Tom Wakeford’s 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.