IFSTAL Digest 22/02/17

IFSTAL Digest 22/02/17

by Rebecca Wells -
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Dear IFSTAL Community,

Here's our regular round-up of the latest IFSTAL news and opportunities. 

Units 3 & 4 launched and last face-to-face workshop

Don't forget to look up the two new units: 

  • Unit 3 explores methods for analysing food systems;
  • Unit 4 examines systemic change in food systems.

The final face-to-face workshop of this teaching year, which links to Unit 4 takes place TOMORROW, Thursday 23rd February. See details here for your local institution. (Please note Warwick's event will now be located in Oculus 0.04). 

Workplace Away Day – 4th March

Thank you for all your applications to the Workplace Away Day in Oxford on 4th March. We will shortly be contacting successful applicants to confirm places and give you further details of the day. This will be another opportunity to gain workplace skills to help you on your journey to effecting change in the food system. We have a great line-up of speakers to chat to you about their work – programme here. 

Forthcoming IFSTAL Events

4th May: Careers / Skills day for Oxford students visit the workplace tab on the portal and click on workplace events for more details.

11th May: Careers / Skills day for Reading students.

18th May: Careers / Skills day for Warwick students – click here to sign up for a 1:1 session (see the workplace tab – workplace events for more details).

25th May: Careers / Skills day for our London students  – details to come soon.

13th June: PhD Away Day in London, focussing on interdisciplinary working, with sessions on how to publish your interdisciplinary research and tips on finding funding.

2nd–7th July: Summer School this year takes place at the University of Warwick. We are building an exciting programme—applications open 3rd March.


Job Opportunity

Join the IFSTAL team! We are recruiting a new Education Coordinator, to be based at Oxford University, for a 12-month period (maternity cover) beginning 1 May 2017, details here.


Dissertation ideas

See here for some topics and some organisations you could approach (search under the workplace tab on the portal)




·       6th March Food Issues Census, Launch Event: What food issues are preoccupying civil society? Organised by the Food Ethics Council, places free but  limited, book here. 

·       15th March LIDC seminar series – IFSTAL-led session: The LIDC seminar series Understanding Development looks at different methodologies used by various disciplines to study the same  issue. At the IFSTAL-led seminar, Dr Sara Stevano (SOAS) and Dr Pauline Scheelbeek (LSHTM) discuss their differing approaches to studying malnutrition, details here on the Portal and here on the LIDC website.

New Briefing Paper:

·        From the Food Research Collaboration, written by Sustainable Food North West, describing the evolution of a collaborative, regional, five-university food research project: find  it here.


·       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 an Application Form can be downloaded from their website www.taa.org.uk (click TAAF on the home page).

PhD positions:

·       Lifestyles and regional food systems - inclusive strategies for ‘Feeding the City’ Aeres University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Details here, deadline: 24th February.

·        Innovation for transformation - regional business models for 'Feeding the City’. Aeres University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Details here deadline: 24th February.

·       Mistra program on geopolitics and sustainable development (2017-2020), Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Details here , information on how to apply here.

·       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 February, 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 contact Prof. Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn, ingolfur.bluehdorn@wu.ac.at.

·       Four-year PhD 'Policies for a resilient European agriculture', part of Horizon 2020 project SURE-Farm, joint appointment by the Public Administration and Strategic Communication groups of Wageningen University, details here .


·       IGD, the food and consumer goods research and training organisation, is looking for a  Director of Marketing, details here.

·       Green Infrastructure Opportunity: A team of ecologists at University of Liverpool are keen to hear from potential applicants to the NERC Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowship direct call on Green Infrastructure. KE fellows work alongside academics while having a high degree of independence to use their skills in the best way to make a difference. Our team is keen to host a Knowledge Exchange Fellow and to broaden links between Urban Green Infrastructure projects in Liverpool and other areas in the UK and abroad.   Find more information on the IFSTAL Forum here.

Call for sessions/papers:

·       Oxford Food Forum annual conference ( April 29th) has the theme ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages across the Food System’. More information here, for submissions and questions, contact Abigail Bok at abigail.bok@keble.ox.ac.uk.

·       Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food (17th-18th November), on the theme of 'Making sense of taste', details here, deadline 5th March.

·       Panel: Achieving Integrated Food Policy: Slim Pickings or Feast of Possibilities?   Interpretive Policy Analysis, 12th International Conference, 5-7th July, Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester. Extended deadline: 24th February 2017, details here.

·       8th Annual Conference of the AESOP ‘Sustainable food planning’ group, Coventry, November, 'Re-imagining sustainable food planning, building resourcefulness: Food movements, insurgent planning and heterodox economics', details here.  

Research papers contest:

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the University Centre of Brasília are calling for papers on 'Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Programmes'. The contest is open to graduate students in any part of the world, as well as professors and graduate researchers in social and political sciences and nutrition. The three top winners will take part in study trips organised by the WFP Centre of Excellence. Articles must be in English. New deadline  2 April, details here.