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Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is offering a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow position based at the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies and the Charles Perkins Centre.

For the full position description and to apply, please refer to the University of Sydney Career Site.

AFRN Conference 2023: Deadline extensions

Conference organisers are pleased to advise that the deadline for submission of abstracts and session proposals has been extended to June 30th. If you have already submitted an abstract, this will be reviewed at the end of May. You will receive a response on whether your abstract has been accepted in early June.

Please also note that you will need to register for the conference by August 31st to take advantage of the reduced early-bird rate.

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UQ

There is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The position will undertake primary research on the socio-political, cultural and environmental implications of the expansion of high-value horticulture for the contested regional politics of (a) land and development, (b) labour and livelihoods, and (c) natural resources and environmental governance. The project will analyse how incorporation within agricultural global production networks interacts with diverse drivers of multifunctional landscape change in the north-eastern coastal strip region of Australia (from Coffs Harbour to Cairns), and critically consider how pre-existing regional economic, social and environmental factors influence the form of, and tensions around, the development of high-value horticulture. This will contribute to improving pathways to a more sustainable and equitable future for rural regions within Australia, and elsewhere in the world. 

The role will work closely with researchers located at The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and James Cook University, as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

For more information and the apply, please visit the UQ Careers website.

AFRN Conference 2023: Accommodation suggestions

AFRN and the organising committee have no affiliation with the following accommodation providers.

While the Agri-Food Research Network conference in Hobart is not until early December, conference organisers recommend that you book your accommodation early. During the busy summer months, reasonably priced accommodation can sell out months in advance.

The conference will be held at the Hedberg complex in the Hobart CBD on the corner of Campbell and Collins Street. It is easily walkable from most CBD accommodation.

We have listed below a few nearby accommodation options that are currently available from Dec 3-7

Higher end

Hotel Grand Chancellor – $272 per night

Sullivans Cove Apartments – $273 per night

Crowne Plaza – $249 per night

Movenpick Hotel – $277 per night


The Old Woolstore Apartment – $229 per night

Best Western Hobart – $230 per night

Travelodge Hotel – $221 per night

Allurity Hotel – $175 per night

Ibis Styles – $162 per night


Hobart Central YHA – $87 per night

SEMINAR TODAY (28 April, 2.30pm NZT): Change in Papua New Guinea’s Fresh Food Marketplaces Over the Past 60 Years

Fresh food marketplaces are vital to food security, livelihoods, and the national economy in Papua New Guinea. They are spaces of both strong continuity with the past, but also of considerable transformation, particularly in the last 20 years. Marketplaces have spread geographically, and operate more often. There have also been shifts in what is being sold, and who is selling the produce, including the gender composition of vendors. Market chains have also grown in complexity.

In this seminar, based on a recently published paper in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Dr Mark Busse and colleagues bring together research on marketplaces from 1961 to 2022, based on their own field studies and an extensive review of the literature. Dr Busse and colleagues will summarise the changes, examine their causes, and explore their development implications.

The seminar is hosted by the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU and will be synchronously Zoom linked to the University of Papua New Guinea.

Registration is still open! To register, visit the registration page.

AFRN Conference 2023: Registrations OPEN

Agrifooders, registration of the 2023 AFRN Conference in Tasmania is now open!

In classic AFRN style, the Conference Organisers have arranged an amazing pre-conference program and conference activities which are not to be missed. Details are as follows.

Please remember to book a place for these events when when registering if you are interested in attending them. Places are limited for some of these activities.

Details on pre-conference and conference activities

Pre-conference fieldtrip (4 December, 8.30am – 4pm)

In keeping with Agri-Food tradition there will be a pre-conference fieldtrip on Monday 4 December. We will be visiting the scenic Derwent Valley to the north of Hobart, one of Tasmania’s most diverse and fertile agricultural regions. The cost of the field trip is $110 and is capped at a maximum of 55 participants.

Our first stop will be the Westerway Raspberry Farm where we will hear about the farm’s history and farming practices. Being early December, there will be the opportunity to taste and purchase fresh raspberries as well as raspberry ice cream and their wide range of jams and preserves.

Our second and main stop for the day will be The Agrarian Kitchen located in the town of New Norfolk. With a commitment to serving organic food sourced where possible from their on-site vegetable garden, The Agrarian Kitchen showcases some of the freshest and finest locally sourced food and drink in Tasmania. On arrival, we will be given a tour of their garden. This will be followed by a three-course lunch with one matching wine. Please note that The Agrarian Kitchen is unable to accommodate for vegan, fodmap, kosher, paleo, keto, and dairy free/lactose free diets.

Welcome Reception (4 December, from 6.30pm)

Following the fieldtrip, a conference welcome reception will be held at the ‘Red Shed’, Hobart Brewing Company, located on the waterfront at 16 Evans Street. There will be a registration desk where you can collect your name badge and conference program. You can purchase a range of local beers, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar, and food is available from food trucks located on-site.

Trivia Night (5 December, from 6.30pm)

The famous Agri-Food Trivia Night will be held at the ‘Red Shed’, Hobart Brewing Company. You can purchase a range of local beers, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar, and food is available from food trucks located on-site.

Conference Dinner (6 December, from 6.30pm)

The conference dinner will be held at the Franklin Wharf Function Centre on the Hobart waterfront. The cost of the dinner is $85 for unwaged/retired/postgraduate participants and $100 for waged participants.

Job Opportunities at Universität Heidelberg, Germany

There are two job opportunities in the research project Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy at the HCIAS. Applications close 9 April, 2023. For more information about these positions, please follow the links in the respective position listings.

Research Associate – Postdoc (f/m/d) with a focus on qualitative research. Part-time (75%). Full position description and application instructions can be found here.

Research Associate – Postdoc (f/m/d) with a focus on quantitative research. Part-time (75%). Full position description and application instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marlene Pichler.

Job Opportunity: EnviroNZ, Dunedin, New Zealand

To support a large municipal contract, and their customers, EnviroNZ have a newly created role for a Waste Minimisation & Education Advisor to join their team. This role is specific to their organisation and industry but will see the successful candidate working closely with various businesses, schools and community groups on how to minimise their waste, recycling more, and how to be more sustainable overall.

Further details and application links can be found here.