IFSTAL Digest 08/02/2017

IFSTAL Digest 08/02/2017

by Kelly Reed -
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Dear IFSTAL Community,

We are well into Term 2 and IFSTAL has some great events coming up, as well as funding, conference and PhD opportunities that we have found for you! Here is a round-up of what's going on.

NEW IFSTAL units 3 & 4 Launched

Don't forget to explore our new units!
·        Unit 3 explores Methods for Analysing Food Systems;
·        Unit 4 explores systemic change in the food system.
The face to face workshops corresponding with these take place on Thursday 9th February (except at Oxford where it was held on the 7th February) and Thursday 23rd February. See details here for your local institution.

Next IFSTAL Events

9th Feb – Game Jam! Come to London or Reading to learn about gaming as a research method!

LONDON: 17.15-19.00 Room A214, College Building, City, University of London

READING: 18.10-19.30 Room 1L04, Agriculture Building

9th Feb – Warwick Food Sustainability Survey. Come Join us @ 5.15 in LIB1 (Warwick Uni), where you can assess a small area of campus and provide suggestions for improvement!

Workplace Away Day – 4th March

Our away day in Oxford is another opportunity to explore some additional workplace skills to help you on your journey to effecting change in the food system. We have a great line up of speakers for you to chat to about their work and their career pathways.

Application open here. Closing date: 19th Feb

NEWS: IFSTAL Symposium: Technology – A Silver Bullet for the Food System?

IFSTAL's Symposium took place on the 28th January and was a great success, with over 100 students from across the IFSTAL institutions and professionals within the food sector met and explored issues around Food and Technology. Read about the day here

Dissertation ideas:

See here for some organisations you could approach as well as research questions of interest to DEFRA, The Eden Project and Oxfam.



Internship Programmes currently open (see workplace forum for more detail):


  • Tropical Agriculture Association Award Fund (TAAF) - Up to £1000 award offers to MSc students in subjects related to food production and natural resource development at selected UK universities. A Call for Applications and anApplication Form can be downloaded from their website www.taa.org.uk (click TAAF on the home page).

PHD positions:

  • PhD position: Lifestyles and regional food systems - inclusive strategies for ‘Feeding the City’ Aeres University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Click here for more details. Deadline: 24th Feb
  • PhD position: Innovation for transformation - regional business models for 'Feeding the City’. Aeres University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Click here for more details. Deadline: 24th Feb
  • PhD position: Mistra program on geopolitics and sustainable development (2017-2020), Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Click here for more details and here for how to apply.
  • Stockholm University also has a range of other PhD studentships including plant ecology, marine ecotoxicology, plant physiology. Click here to see what’s available. Deadlines are end of Feb early March.
  • Teaching and Research Associate (pre-doc, 6 years, 75% FTE): Institute for Social Change and Sustainability (IGN), Department of Socio-Economics, Vienna. Click here for the jobs page. Deadline 8th March. Ref: 3278. For information enquires contact Prof. Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn (ingolfur.bluehdorn@wu.ac.at).

Other Vacancies:

  • Head of Policy and Campaigns - £38,000-£42,000, Brighton. Click www.pan-uk.org to download the Job Description and apply.


  • Professor Jonathan Jones will discuss 'Dysfunctional regulation of GM crops: scope for improvement post-Brexit?’ at the next Food Thinkers session run by The Food Research Collaboration at City, University of London: details here
  • 28th Feb – Warwick University @ 14:00-18.15 Room WBS 1.005/6. Workshop on  ‘Gendered Work in the Global Food Chain’. Lecture @ 5pm by Prof Stephanie Barrientos ‘Retail Shift: transforming gendered patterns of work in global value chains’. Confirm your attendancehere

Call for sessions/papers:

  • Oxford Food Forum (to take place on April 29th 2017) ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages across the Food System’.  For submissions and questions, please contact Abigail Bok at abigail.bok@keble.ox.ac.uk
  • Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food: MAKING SENSE OF TASTE. Deadline: 5th March 2017.
  • Call for papers for Panel: Achieving Integrated Food Policy: Slim Pickings or Feast of Possibilities? Interpretive Policy Analysis, 12th International Conference - 5-7th July 2017, Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Deadline: 17th February 2017. See here for more details