IFSTAL Digest 6th June 2019

IFSTAL Digest 6th June 2019

by Rebecca Wells -
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Issue 64 - June 6th 2019

Dear IFSTAL members,

As the summer draws near, we wish you all the best of luck with your dissertations and final papers. We still have a July digest and some webinars planned, so do keep an eye out for the latest opportunities and events.

We are asking all our current participants in this academic year to fill out the annual survey with a generous three prize draw! The feedback you give us really helps us in designing the programme and what we offer our participants. If you have not received the link by email, please contact Roger Sykes roger.sykes@eci.ox.ac.uk      

For those of you not coming to the summer school, please start to think about requesting your IFSTAL certificate, changing your email address on the portal and joining the external networks so that you continue to receive IFSTAL updates after you graduate. Details at the end of this email.

For those who are alumni already, remember you can join the private Community Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifstalcommunity/ and sign up for our Summer Social on the 1st July in Reading: https://ifstal_summer.eventbrite.co.uk

Wishing you all the best,




Conferences Seminars Events

The George Institute for Global Health are hosting a food policy event in Oxford on Thursday 20th June (5.30-7.30pm)  to consider urban food provisioning and people-centred approaches to delivering a healthier urban food environment. Researchers, city leaders, businesses, and other advocates involved in the urban food environment are invited to join us.

The event will take the form of a keynote presentation by Professor Corinna Hawkes, followed by a moderated discussion with Dr Frances Hansford (Good Food Oxford, Consultant), Dr Brian Cook (University of Oxford), and Jamie Izzard (Greater London Authority).

Further details and registration at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-healthy-sustainable-city-food-environments-tickets-60048212821


Professor Bob Doherty, University of York and DEFRA will be speaking at the next City Food Thinkers, June 24 2019 5.30pm – 7.00pm, City, University of London

Food Thinkers: What does viewing food as a system and resilience mean for the practice of coherent policy making?

FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate, at V&A, from 18/5/2019, details: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/food-bigger-than-the-plate   

Conference: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. 24-28 June 2019, Hyderabad, India. Details: https://www.anh-academy.org/anh-academy-week

Conference: 8th Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment, 1-3 July 2019, France. Details: https://symposium.inra.fr/arae2019/


PhD/Masters Funding 


Local food systems and local economic democracy: a framework for delivering food security?

A funded PhD opportunity with Dr Mags Adams and colleagues (Prof Mark Dooris and Dr Ursula Pool) based in the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, at UCLan in Preston (https://uclan-institute-csc.net/), UK. We have a fully funded DTA studentship (https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/programmes-and-projects/#social), funded through the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme. The research will take place in Preston, UK and in Patna, India. https://uclan-institute-csc.net/2019/03/08/funded-phd-studentship-at-icsc-local-food-systems-and-local-economic-democracy-a-framework-for-delivering-food-security/


Funded PhD studentship in Human Geography on participatory politics of food justice and insecurity. University of Cardiff. Details: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/project/nothing-about-us-without-us-is-for-us-examining-the-transformative-potential-of-public-engagement-in-politics-of-injustice

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


 The Centre for Food Policy City University London is seeking a half-time Research Assistant to work with Professor Corinna Hawkes, Dr Laura Peirera and colleagues in the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) collaboration. The project is working in India, South Africa and the UK. Please apply here:


Internships at Eat Club. Fundraising & Impact Voluntary Work Placement & Marketing & communications internship.  Voluntary work placement, Central London, UK, Unpaid, travel and refreshments expenses covered, 3 months minimum, 1 day p/week (or two half-days). Email: ruths@eat-club.org

WCRF International Head of Policy and Public Affairs based in London. There is information about the role and a downloadable job pack: https://www.wcrf.org/int/about-us/jobs/current-vacanciesThe World Cancer Research Fund (linked to the US American Institute for Cancer Research) focusses on dietary connections to prevention of cancer. It publishes the authoritative report on diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer: https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer

Paid 6 months internship with Consumers International. Location: London, Immediate start/fixed term (Six months) Application deadline: To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, explaining point-by-point how you meet the person specifications to kscott@consint.org. Your cover letter should explain clearly how your skills and experience relate to the criterion detailed in the person specification section of the job description and give examples or evidence. As this is a role we are hoping to recruit for as soon as possible we will be looking at CVs and covering letters as they come in and recruiting as soon as we find a suitable candidate. Please send your applications as soon as possible.

Please look at Rosina’s Workplace posting too.

You can also browse further job vacancies at Food Manufacturer and Roots to Work.


IFSTAL Certificate – if you would like a certificate of your engagement, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at the end of the year, or get an ‘interim’ certificate if you would like to highlight your IFSTAL experience for a job before you have completed the program.


Changing your email on the portal:

  • Log into the portal via your VLE
  • Log out at the top right of the screen
  • Press log in and you will get to a log in page, where, underneath the green ‘log in’ tab, it says, ‘Forgotten Username or password?’
  • Press this and create a new username and password using your university email address and you can then register it to a personal email

See here for a more detailed walk-through: https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/for-students/alumni/

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