IFSTAL Digest 31/05/18

IFSTAL Digest 31/05/18

by Rebecca White -
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IFSTAL Digest 31st May 2018


Dear IFSTAL members,

The academic year is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t LOTS going on – both within IFSTAL institutions and beyond. An impending deadline is the IFSTAL Summerschool which remains open for application until TOMORROW 1st June! See details and the application form here – remember, places are limited – and only those that can demonstrate engagement with IFSTAL will secure a place.


Another exciting opportunity is that the Food Ethics Council are celebrating their 20th Anniversary on the 20th June (1:30-5:30pm, Central London) and have kindly made 5 tickets available to IFSTAL students – first come first served, email Rosina Borrelli on rosina.borrelli@ouce.ox.ac.uk . Speakers include Olivier De Schutter and Helen Browning among others. 


You can also now register for the IFSTAL Showcase Event which will take place on 12th July at Oxford Town Hall. See here for registration details. This is a chance to help us reflect on the first three years of IFSTAL and how we train food systems change agents. Those attending the Summer School will get a free ticket to this event. Do spread news of this around your networks. 

As the year comes to an end and you are looking to the future, remember we can make you a 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 or get an ‘interim’ certificate if you would like to highlight your IFSTAL experience for a job before you have completed the program.


Finally, for this part of the digest – PLEASE PLEASE (do we sound desperate?!) fill out our end of year survey. This is our way of understanding what we did well, what we can do better and improving the IFSTAL offering. Only 10 minutes of your time and you have the chance to win £60 of restaurant vouchers, £30 of book vouchers, or most importantly of all…..an IFSTAL mug! 



PhD Workshop Day – Tuesday 5th June – LIDC, London

Specifically for PhD students, this day aims to bring together a wide range of doctoral researchers from the IFSTAL consortium (City, RVC, SOAS, LSHTM, Warwick, Reading, Oxford) in a relaxed setting to discuss their work and explore themes and skills around interdisciplinary research. Applications have now closed, contact us if you need to cancel or if you want to be on the reserve list. For information about the day, visit this link on the Portal and this for the programme.


Webinar – Tuesday 12th June @ 1pm with Dr Alex Arnall and Dr Saher Hasnain

Title: "Everyday life, food systems and disruption". This webinar will introduce the research field of everyday studies, and explain and illustrate its significance for understanding food systems. It will focus in particular on the phenomenon of disruptions to day-to-day social practice, rhythms and routines, and how people anticipate and prepare for these, in relation to accessing and consuming food. The first half of the webinar will introduce a number of key concepts and ideas associated with the study of everyday life. Then, in the second half, these ideas will be illustrated via a recent, ethnographic case study from Islamabad. It will discuss the ideas of anticipatory logic and everyday foresight, and shows how city residents anticipate, cope with and respond to ongoing disruptions to their food environments. For details and the link visit here on the Portal. 




N8 Agrifood Annual Conference – People, Health, and Food Systems, 13th-14th June: IFSTAL’s Roger Sykes and Rosina Borrelli will be speaking about the programme at the event which brings researchers, industry and external stakeholders together to look at innovative approaches in food systems and sustainability. It runs over two days with 70+ speakers, high level keynotes and parallel sessions and an exhibition area, as well as networking opportunities over drinks and dinner. PhD Students and early career researchers can get discounted tickets. Find out more here

Centre for Food Policy Food Thinkers Series: "What are the research gaps that need to be filled to help public-private action be more effective in promoting nutrition?"

With Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN)

Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Wednesday 27th June, 1630-1830 City, University of London register here.  



Do you want to blog for us? We’d love to hear from you! Thanks to Bianca Minotti from City University for our latest blog: 

National Cooperation Between Cities on Urban Food Policies: the tale of an unexpected dissertation journey 




Call for Ideas by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission: Focusing on practical actions that could improve the ways we eat, farm, and regenerate our environment and countryside communities. You can read the RSA’s assessments, methods, and the table of policies reviewed, AND give your ideas by noon on 31st May 2018 by clicking here


Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference, 7 November 2018, St Anne’s College, Oxford: Click here for more details on how to submit an abstract or email Kelly Reed (Kelly.reed@zoo.ox.ac.uk) for more details.


Plant Variety Protection Debates: Connecting Law, Science and Social Science

Conference 14th June 2018, 09:00 - 17:00, Room 1.07, Oculus Building, The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL.  We welcome papers, posters and photographs on topics related to the conference. Please send the abstract: 300 words, form of presentation: paper, poster or photographs, name(s) of presenters, email address, institution/organisation and a note of any special requirements to Titilayo Adebola: T.A.Adebola@warwick.ac.uk before 10 May 2018. See here for further details.


(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response. The 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018. Details here: https://conference.ihsa.info/). Researchers from SOAS (University of London), the Institute of Development Studies (The Hague), and the Darfur Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency are organising a panel and are inviting papers on: “Politics and power effects of new technologies in food assistance and nutrition" (https://conference.ihsa.info/proposed-panels/view/305). Contact Susanne Jaspars (sj43@soas.ac.uk) for more information.


Further PhD opportunities may be found here:  https://www.findaphd.com/



Please look at Rosina’s Workplace/Research posting too, as this is much more comprehensive – she sent it out on the 24th of May. But here are a few things:


 Analyst, LMC International, Oxford, Interviews in June. See PDf details here:             

From David Jackson, LMC:

We will be interviewing during June for full time positions starting in September 2018 in our Oxford Cornmarket offices, although that date can be extended to Jan 2019 for post grads completing degrees in the autumn. Generally, but not always, candidates should be eligible to live and work in the UK after completion of their degree. This still includes all EU citizens. However, we do on occasion sponsor visa applications for outstanding candidates. Interested candidates should send me a CV and covering letter: David Jackson <DJackson@lmc.co.uk>


18 month postdoctoral research fellowship in quantitative veterinary epidemiology at BIOEPAR in Nantes, France (https://www6.angers-nantes.inra.fr/bioepar_eng/) conducted in collaboration with University College Dublin, Ireland (http://www.ucd.ie/cvera/). The aim of the project is to develop syndromic surveillance methods for the detection of cattle infectious diseases that spread through animal movements. The recruited researcher will work with data collected as part of a large regional bovine viral diarrhoea surveillance programme and will have access to census and production data. Applications close 15th June. CV, a cover letter and details of two references to aurelien.madouasse@oniris-nantes.fr. Queries also to Aurelien.


DEFRA paid internships: Future Farming & Countryside, 3-6 month positions. Application deadline 5th June. For more information visit here


Browse further job vacancies at Food Manufacturer and Roots to Work.



·         Food Politics Writing Opportunity The Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC2020) is a European food and farming news platform. They are putting together a series on the Weimar Triangle - agrifood and rural politics and policy issues in France, Germany and Poland, and the existing and potential relationships between these countries in this field. They are looking for contributors able to write an article or two on Germany or Poland. Existing articles, for example, examine the agrifood policies of the new German coalition government whilst another explores a particularly interesting small agroecology project. You would be paid EUR100 for the article and it is a good chance to get published. You would also be relatively free to organise and steer the article as you deem appropriate for the German or Polish subject-matter. Interested parties should please get in touch with IFSTAL alumna, Helene Schulze, at Helene@arc2020.eu to talk through some ideas!


·         Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition Research Grant Competition The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. A maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant. Closing date 18th June 2018, further details http://www.funds4africa.org/en/the-2018-bcfn-yes-research-grant/




·         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. 


·         Are modern plant-based diets and foods actually sustainable? Blog post on the FCRN website. Click here to read


·         Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Report launched by WRAP and the World Resources Institute (WRI) on behalf of the Champions 12.3 network finds (among other things) that for every 1 USD invested in programmes for reducing kitchen food waste, businesses save 7 USD in operating costs. Click here for the full report


·         New report from the Food Research Collaboration: Food, Brexit and Northern Ireland: critical issues by G McFarlane, T Lewis and T Lang:  http://foodresearch.org.uk/publications/food-brexit-northern-ireland/


·         Global map of vocabulary in data exchange in food and agriculture: Useful directory resulting from the continuation of the FAO VEST registry, and the GODAN Action umbrella. Access it here


·         Foodsource: a project of the Food Climate Research Network, which includes a website and collection of evidence-based resources, developed to help support greater literacy of sustainable food systems issues, ideas, and how they all interconnect. Currently, it consists of 11 Chapters that provide overviews of wider food systems issues, and a series of Building Blocks, which provide concise explanations of key ideas and concepts. It also has a glossary and an open source image library of figures created and redrawn by the FCRN, available for anyone to use. A set of high-quality PDF versions of all of the chapters are available. To download, click the links below:

    An overview of food system challenges

    Environmental impacts of food: an introduction to LCA

    Food systems and greenhouse gas emissions

    How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?

    Food systems and contributions to other environmental problems

    Impacts of climatic and environmental change on food systems

    How are food systems, diets, and health connected?

    Focus: the difficult livestock issue

    What is a healthy sustainable eating pattern?

    What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?

    What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock?


Connect with us: 

Don’t forget you can now also join the IFSTAL network on: 

·         LinkedIn 

·         Twitter

·         Facebook 


Many thanks and I hope this finds you all well,

Bex (EC, Oxford)

On behalf of the IFSTAL team