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Food & Food Systems in a time of Insecurity

The 7th BSA Food Study Group Conference

21-23 June 2021

About the Event

  • 21 June 2021
    Food Methods Workshop with Professor Gayle Letherby, Dr Clare Pettinger and Dr Julie Parsons
  • 22-23 June 2021
    Main conference including PGR Forum


Plenary Speakers

  • Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, University of Birmingham, UK 
  • Sue Pritchard, Chief Executive of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

The global Covid pandemic has caused many changes in our food and food systems. Global supply chains have been interrupted, retail and hospitality environments restricted, and individual and community sociability and commensality altered. Beyond Covid however our food systems face multiple ongoing challenges spanning from climate change, trade wars and financialisation, urbanization and population growth, through to food crime. Food related health inequalities continue to be a global issue with food insecurity and malnutrition an issue of importance in both the richest and poorest nations. A disjuncture between our food systems, public health and equity priorities, and the natural world means that change is needed now more than ever. But how do we re-imagine our food systems? What should they look like if they are to combine concerns for health, sustainability, and social justice? How do we achieve these food futures? How do we link change at the macro level with everyday practices?

The 7th BSA Food Study Group Conference will provide a forum in which to address these key questions as we seek to transcend disciplinary boundaries and policy silos. 

Papers will be organised into thematic sessions that include presenters from different disciplines and sectors to stimulate reflection and discussion about how issues in ‘food’ are conceived, studied, and applied. Themes may include but are not limited to:

• Agriculture, trade, and food retailing
• Consumption and cultural heritage in changing food systems
• Food & Covid
• Food, embodiment and health
• Food poverty and social justice
• Food in institutional settings: e.g. hospitals, schools, prisons
• Food waste
• Interventions and policies
• Methods and methodologies
• Risks and food safety
• Sustainable food systems

Registration Fees

Food Methods Workshop:

  • BSA Members: £15
  • Non-Members: £20

Full Conference:

  • BSA Member: £30
  • Study Group Member: £35
  • Non-Member: £50
  • BSA Concessionary Member: £20
  • Study Group Concessionary Member: £30
  • Non-Member Concessionary: £35

Presenter booking deadline Sunday, 9 May 2021.  Please direct any academic enquiries to the Food Study Group co-convenors: Julie Parsons  and Andrea Tonner.

For administrative issues please contact the BSA Events Team.