IFSTAL Digest 21 February 2018

IFSTAL Digest 21 February 2018

by Rebecca Wells -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

With Units 3 and 4 now live on the IFSTAL portal, we hope you have enjoyed engaging with the materials and are looking forward to our last workshop this week. As usual please see below for upcoming events and opportunities.


Workshop 4: Shaping Change and Developing Solutions in the Food System - 21st/22nd February 2018

This workshop will introduce a method which is commonly used in organisations seeking to make and evaluate change Theory of Change.This framework, while not widely used in academic research, is often used in the NGO and government sectors. Workshop4  buildsonWorkshops 1-3, consolidatesyour learning from Unit 4 on the portal andprovides a useful framework to practice and critique.  During the workshop participants will have a chance to practice the method by applying the framework to a food systems context.

At Warwick:Wednesday 21st February 2018-Oculus OC1.01 @ 4.15pm - 6pm

At Warwick we will have a special talk from Dr Lopa Saxena,Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University and Wendy Eades, School of Law, Warwick Universityon'Responses to food insecurity'.

In London, Oxford and Reading: Thursday 22nd February 2018

London, City, University of London,Room BLG07 in Drysdale Building, 5-7pm

Oxford - Gottmann Room A - School of Geography and the Environment 5:15-6:30 pm

Reading University - 1L04, Agriculture Building @ 6-7:30 pm

Next IFSTAL Events

Webinar - 13th March 2018 @ 1pm Speakers:Rosemary Collier, University of Warwick and John Ingram, University of Oxford. Click here to find out more

Other Events

Food Thinkers Lunches at Oxford -An informal atmosphere for the stimulation and exchange of ideas and the building of collaborations for students and professionals in the University of Oxford. Supported and organized by IFSTAL (www.ifstal.ac.uk ), the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food (www.futureoffood.ox.ac.uk ), the ECI Food Systems Group (www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/food/index.html ) and Linacre College (www.linacre.ox.ac.uk ). This terms line-up is:

  • 2nd March - The Role of Businesses in Rainforest Management (Register by the 27th of February): Jake Backus - Empathy Sustainability, formerly Customer Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola Europe, Will Pouget - Vaults and Garden Cafe, Oxford
  • 16th March - Multisensory Flavour Perceptions & Food Packaging (Register by the 13th of March): Qian (Janice) Wang & Greg Simmonds, from the Crossmodal Research Lab & Experimental Psychology

Please sign up here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-thinkers-lunch-hilary-term-2018-tickets-42198213994 or contact Saher Hasnain (ifstal-oxford@eci.ox.ac.uk) if you have any queries about these. IFSTAL students please note that you will not be able to reimburse your travel to these events!! But it would be great to see you at them!

The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium Connecting people with food policy. The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium (City, University of London) will explore how gathering evidence of lived experiences of food challenges - how citizens and communities experience, explain and respond to them - can inform more effective, equitable and empowering policy solutions. Sign up here

Future of Sustainable Fashion – Cary Somers: Organized by the Oxford Waste Society, this talk is essentially about a systems approach to fashion. See more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/346546262512547/ - The Oxford Waste Society are also a good group to keep an eye on for events related to food waste.  

Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy webinar: Agricultural Biodiversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Improved Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa the case of forest foods in Congo Basin, with Dr. Robert Fungo, FAO. Held on Wednesday 28th February 1-2:30pm. For details visit website. 

The End of Famine? Discussion with Alex de Waal and Prof. Peter Piot. Thursday 1st March 2018, 5:30-7pm at LSHTM. Visit this link for details and registration. 

Permaculture and International Development taster workshop. Held in room 2.14, Coventry University London Campus, 109-117 Middlesex St, London E1 7JF on Wednesday 18th April 2018, 1:30-5:30pm. Free but prior booking essential due to limited number of spaces. Please contact Chris for enquiries and bookings.  

ASSET 2018 Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity bringing together food-security experts from all over the world over the course of four days. Waterfront Hall 28-31 May, 2018. Register here. 

Blogs and News 

Call for Papers 

Call for papers for Transecting Healthy and Sustainable Food in the Asia-Pacific, workshop in Singapore from 30 July to 1 August, 2018.  We are particularly interested in papers that: 

  • engage theories relevant to globalization and food;

  • examine the flow of ideas, knowledge, capital, people, materials, etc., in relation to the new food practices; 

  • are based on empirical work drawing upon historical/archival sources, ethnography,  analysis of text, or innovative cross-disciplinary approaches; and 

  • are in the stage of development where a full paper will be ready by 15 June 2018.

The workshop organizers plan to submit a selection of the final papers for a journal special issue. Paper proposals (500 word abstract containing theoretical approach, methods, and findings) should be emailed to Dr. Marvin Joseph Montefrio (marvin.montefrio@yale-nus.edu.sg) by 15 March 2018 with the subject heading, Food workshop submission (first and last name). Announcement of successful proposals - 15 April 2018  

PhD Funding 

  • PhD opportunities may be found here:https://www.findaphd.com/
  •  Teagasc/University of Dublin PhD Walsh Fellowship in Pig Health and Welfare. See weblink for details. Application deadline: 21st February 2018
  • PhD studentship INRA Bordeaux "Systemic evaluation of the potential of organic farming to mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions at the global scale" Further details here. Application deadline: 12th March 2018.  


  • NCDA Policy and Advocacy Director: NCD (Non Communicable Disease) Alliance NCDA. See here for details, but hurry! Deadline for applications 21 February.

  • Food Co-ordinator forFood Exeter. Food Exeter, a partnership working to rediscover and redevelop localised food systems in and around Exeter, seeks a coordinator to help the partnership develop a food poverty action plan and to support its work on other food issues. The job requires a self-confident, motivated organiser, with experience of collaborative working and excellent communication skills. The job will be based in central Exeter. To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to: foodexeter@gmail.com. Weblink:http://foodexeter.org.uk/

  • Deadline for applications is 12.00am Monday February 26th 2018. Interview date is March 6th 2018, central Exeter. 

  • Job: Research Fellow in food value chain policies and governance (maternity cover, 9 months in the first instance). Closing date: March 5th www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-vacancies Also advertised on: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BHO879/research-fellow-in-food-value-chain-policies-and-governance/ 

  • Research Fellow in Biochemical Food Safety, University of Leeds, ContractType:Fixed Term (42 months from 1 April 2018). We are looking for a Research Fellow to join our team working on the GCRF- AFRICAP project, a new award of multidisciplinary programme grant aimed at establishing academic partnerships between UK and African research and policy institutions and developing capacity in the field of climate smart agriculture and food safety and security.Click here for more details. Closes: 22nd February 2018

  • Made in Hackney Enterprise Manager, part-time role for someone with business development experience coupled with heaps of energy and enthusiasm ready to help build Made in Hackney into a long term sustainable organisation. For more further details please see our website. Hours: 28hrs / week (4 days / week). To Apply: Please send a covering letter explaining how you meet each part of the Specification criteria and send with your CV to nynke@madeinhackney.org Please mark your email subject 'Application: Enterprise Manager', Deadline: 5pm on Friday 2nd March 2018. Interviews: Monday 12th March 2018

  • Farm Environment Officer, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Wales [Part-time]. We are looking for an experienced farm adviser to work on the Penwith Landscape Partnership schemes Wild Penwith project, advising farmers and landowners on resource protection, pesticide use and nutrient management and administering a capital grants scheme for practical works. Information Pack and Application Form available from www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs. Deadline for applications: 25th February 2018. 

  • Researcher at INRA (France) in Epidemiology of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases. To work on 'Epidemiology of animal diseases in the context of lower inputs and agro-ecology'. See weblink for details. Closes 5th March 2018.

  • Temporary Communications Officer, London International Development Centre. Whilst recruiting for a full-time, permanent Comms Manager, LIDC is seeking support from someone with relevant experience. Please contact: susan.sheedy@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk for more information.  

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher on AMR. To work on ESRC-funded project exploring behavioural factors to antibiotic use among nomadic communities in Kenya and subsistence farmers in India. For details, contact Prof. Claire Heffernan: claire.heffernan@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk  

  • Dietary Health Intern, Food Standards Agency, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 12 month paid student placement. Further details here. Closing date for applications 5th March 2018

  • Data Scientist, Food Standards Agency (Senior Executive Officer, 6 month contract). Further details here. Closing date for applications 2nd March 2018. 

  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant in metrics for sustainable food systems, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. 12 month contract. Further details here. Closing date for applications 19th March 2018.  Resources 

  • New, free 8-week MOOC course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace. Enrolment is now open for the MOOC, which begins on March 1st. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate.The link is:https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/environmental-security-and-sustaining-peace-march-2018. If IFSTAL students/alumniare interested in learning more about ELI's Environmental Peacebuilding partnership, they can check out the Instagram/Twitter handle (@EnvPeaceBuild), LinkedIn Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6612941), andenvironmentalpeacebuilding.org.

  • For resources on food systems issues, working groups and networks you may find useful follow the link here. This will take you to the resources section in Unit 1 on the portal. 

  • ISGP's podcast: Latest episode "Food Safety, Security, and Defense: Focus on Food and the Environment." Also episode 63, titled The Land Before Food, discusses the stimuli for and consequences of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in locations such as rural Africa.  

  • RADIO 4: 3-part series entitledThe Global Farm. Part one – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r4gnc  Charlotte Smith explores the global networks that supply us with food and asks why they have become so complex.Part two -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rxyjsCharlotte looks at how money flows around the food chain and at the drive for ever more efficient production. Part Three to follow- check website. 

IFSTAL Certificate 

If you have participated in IFSTAL over the past year and would like a certificate of your engagement, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at any time.

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