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PhD scholarship opportunity: Food system resilience at the University of Melbourne

There is an exciting opportunity available for a PhD scholarship in the resilience of urban food systems with Professor Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the University of Melbourne, co-supervised by Dr Rachel CareyApplications are due on 31 October.

More information is available here.

Call for Presentations: 2022 Aristologist Symposium

The 2022 Aristologist Symposium is on Saturday-Sunday 26-27 November 2022 at Te Manawa Museum in Te Papaioea Palmerston North, Aoteoroa New Zealand.

The New Zealand Symposia are informal meetings of amateur, academic and professional gastronomers, exploring specific topics of significance to eating, drinking, cooking and food production. It is open to all with an interest in food, its creation and history.  

The 2022 Symposium of Gastronomy has, as its theme, Refreshment – refreshing foods, ideas and liquids that sustain us, enliven our palates and bring us together socially. From breakfast through to digestifs, ‘refreshment’ is a wide concept offering many perspectives for dreaming, discussion and debate. 

Usually 20 minutes in duration, organisers also welcome short 5-10 minute snippets, longer presentations (according to need), and practical  demonstrations relating to food/drink. A short descriptive abstract of the intended presentation should be sent as soon as possible to Juliet Galuszka. If accepted for presentation, a final abstract will requested for inclusion in the Symposium programme, several weeks prior to the meeting. A digital copy of the full paper, in a suitable print format, will be requested after your presentation for archival publication in the Aristologist. Audio-visual requirements and presentation length will be discussed with you upon receipt of the preliminary abstract. 

Launch of Institutional Landscapes website

Stefan Ouma and collaborators are proud to present the website to their institutional landscapes project. A Shiny APP for Aotearoa New Zealand has also been created and can be accessed through this link.

To quote Stefan in his message to agri-fooders,

This is also a call to other researchers to contribute to this space as guest writers. The websites and the book move between a global outlook and situated accounts, generated primarily in the geographical settings of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tanzania. Such a project eventually reaches its limits. Once we treat farmland investments as “boundary objects” to which scholars contribute from different geographical, theoretical, and methodological angles, this is not necessarily a bad thing. It is rather an invitation to different scholars to assemble the rich insights they have generated on the finance-driven land rush through their own research since 2007/08 in one dedicated space in a reflective manner. A particular focus will be put on emerging perspectives in a fast-changing field, where sometimes assumptions and statements made in the past hold no longer true in the present; where just another crisis or government regulation has crashed the dreams of investors; where suddenly AG tech and not farmland is heralded as the most promising new “asset class”, or where methodological advances now suddenly allow us to account in more granular ways about trends and investment footprints in the ‘AG space’. It is also a chance for scholars to revisit their own (past) research in light of recent advances in debates and research findings. We will offer fellow researchers exposure on the platform, as well as graphic design services in case you would like to contribute figures or photos. Over the coming months (and years?), we plan to curate posts on the following themes:

I will reach out to many of your over the coming months. We shall start with theme 1. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the website.

Call for Abstracts: ISA World Congress of Sociology 2023

The ISA World Congress of Sociology will take place in Melbourne, Australia between June 25-July 1, 2023. The conference will be delivered in a hybrid mode.

The call for abstracts will close on September 30, 2022. Presenters are encouraged to select a session from the list and submit their abstracts through these links below.

Conference organisers are able to offer a small number of ISA Congress registration grants to ISA/RC40 members. They also have ability to offer ISA membership grants to students. Contact Hilde Bjørkhaug or Steven Wolf for more information.

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Sociology at University of Canterbury

Excerpt from Job Description:

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences (LSAP) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Sociology with strengths including but not limited to environmental sociology. The successful candidate will teach the course Environment and Society and co-coordinate one of the level 100 sociology courses. They will also be able to develop courses in their particular area of expertise. 

Knowledge of and research expertise in environmental sociology in the Aotearoa New Zealand context is of central importance for teaching and supervision of students who live in and will primarily work in Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia. Someone who is able to address and research longstanding issues of Māori and Pasifika along the lines of sustainability and social movements would be a priority, in alignment with the UC strategic plan.

Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, postgraduate thesis supervision, research, administrative tasks, outreach, and supervision of tutors. The University is committed to developing biculturally competent, community-engaged and globally aware graduates and teaching which supports students’ ability to understand and interact effectively. Your teaching and professional development will reflect these values.

Applications close Sunday, 16 October 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Further details about the position and instructions about how to apply can be found here.

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Public Engagement with Agriculture

The Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring a new tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in public engagement with agriculture. The full listing, and instructions for applying, can be found here. Note: Applications must be submitted by September 30 to guarantee full consideration. 

The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in public perceptions of and engagement with agricultural science and technology, with a research focus that is relevant and impactful for the Wisconsin dairy industry and complements existing faculty strengths. This might include but is not limited to public perceptions of and public engagement with: the role of science and technology in agriculture, animal welfare, the relationship between animal agriculture and land/water stewardship, labor relations, policy making and regulation of dairy production and organization, consumer decision-making, the relationship between community health and animal agriculture, the history and development of supply chains, social equity and class dynamics surrounding food and agriculture, or public understanding of nutritional labels and content. Research with international and comparative dimensions is welcome.

This newly created position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. As a Hub-supported position, the faculty member will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Hub researchers, pursue Hub funding opportunities, and participate in Hub programs.

Questions about the position? Contact Professor Noah Weeth Feinstein.

Symposium on emotional political ecology (29 August to 9 September 2022)

Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre, The Australian National University, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and POLLEN Political Ecology Network are convening a symposium on Emotional Political Ecology from 29 August to 9 September 2022.

Explore how emotions influence resource access, use, and control, and shape people’s everyday lives, and relationships with each other and the state through an exciting series of papers, commentaries and real time discussions.

Free, online,  open access – see this link for further details and to register:

Emotional Political Ecology Symposium Program

Workshop Opening Discussion: Monday 29th August  

Pre-recorded panel presentation videos live for viewing and discussion 

Professor Andrea Nightingale 
Dr. April Bennett 
Dr. Sochanny Hak  

Postgraduate Panel + Discussion: Thursday 8th September  

Convened by Leola Meynell and Matt Peryman 

Panel 1: Methodological questions in Emotional Political Ecology 

 With presentations by: 
Lisa Trogisch, Wageningen University 
Paola Solis, Justus-Liebig-Universität 
Daniel Read, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science 
Josie Wittmer, Queen’s University 

Discussants: Kanokwan Manorom  
Chair: Alice Beban 

Live session for this panel: Monday 5th September, 18:00 UTC
(Monday 10pm Amsterdam/Berlin; Monday 2PM NY;  Tuesday 6am Canberra; Tuesday 8am Auckland)   


Panel 2: Care, commoning and restoration: Transforming human / non-human relationships through emotional political ecology  

With presentations by: 
Maureen W. Kinyanjui, University of Edinburgh  
Sony RK, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment 
Karen Kinslow, University of Kentucky 
Wigke Capri, Universitas Gadjah Mada 

Discussant: Laura McKay 
Chair: Sopheak Chann 

Live session for this panel: Wednesday 7th September, 10:00 UTC
(Wednesday 6am NY; Wednesday 11am Edinburgh; Wednesday 3:30pm Bengaluru; Wednesday 5pm Jakarta; Wednesday 8pm Canberra; Wednesday 10pm Auckland)  


Panel 3: Emotional Political Ecology in ruptured and uncertain worlds 

With presentations by: 
Anna Sturman and Blanche Verlie, University of Sydney  
Noémi Gonda, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; and Andrea J. Nightingale, University of Oslo  
Sango Mahanty, Australian National University; and Sopheak Chann, Royal University of Phnom Penh 

Discussant: Siobhan McDonnell 
Chair: Sango Mahanty 

Live session for this panel: Friday 9th September, 10:00 UTC
(Friday 6am NY; Friday 11am Edinburgh; Friday 12pm Oslo/Berlin/Amsterdam; Friday 3:30pm Bengaluru; Friday 5pm Jakarta; Friday 8pm Canberra/Sydney; Friday 10pm Auckland)  


What’s the future of Sydney’s food system?

Charles Sturt University, the City of Sydney and Deliberately Engaging are inviting you envision the future of food in Sydney as part of a knowledge exchange community grant scheme.

Participants are warmly invited to come and contribute your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

For Food Innovators
11.00am, Tuesday
02 August, 2022
Registration Link

For Community Members
07:00pm, Wednesday
03 August, 2022
Registration Link

What’s a Food Innovator?
Anyone doing something interesting, new, sustainable, disruptive, a-bit-different, community-oriented and focused on food!

Think – food sharing, community gardens, new food products, new food services, cooperatives, collectives, markets, food boxes, new ways of growing and distributing food.

You can participate without downloading any software.

Please join the workshop from a computer (desktop or laptop) or a tablet.

The Zoom webinar will not be recorded. The video, audio and chat functions will not enable participants to see or hear each other to protect confidentiality

This workshop contributes towards a larger study into urban food systems innovation and will link with the global Urbal Study.

This study has been approved by the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethic Committee Protocol number: H21466.

You can contact the Chief Investigator, Dr Sarina Kilham via email or on 0269332385 with any questions.

New book publication

Congratulations to all those involved in the new open access book Beyond Global Food Supply Chains: Crisis, Disruption, Regeneration.

Edited by Victoria Stead and Melinda Hinkson, the collection takes the upheaval of the pandemic as a springboard from which to interrogate a larger set of structural, environmental and political fault lines running through the global food system. In a context in which disruptions to the production, distribution and consumption of food are figured as exceptions to the smooth, just-in-time efficiencies of global supply chains, the essays examine the pandemic not simply as a particular and acute moment of disruption but rather as a lens on a deeper, longer set of structural processes within which disruption is endemic.

The thirteen chapters offer short, sharp interventions that track disruptive forces & political possibilities at key points along the global food supply chain – and, critically, beyond it. They traverse subjects ranging from agri-investment to corporate and alternative food production systems, labour relations, pandemic supermarkets, logistics systems, the politics of hunger, the limits of consumer ethics, and the possibilities of supply chain disruptions as moments of reprieve. They offer rich, generative reflections on the contemporary global food system, and would also be very well suited to being used as teaching resources.


  1. Introduction: Beyond global supply chains by Melinda Hinkson and Victoria Stead
  2. Supply chains as disruption by Lauren Rickards and Melinda Hinkson
  3. Agri-investment cashing in on COVID-19 by Sarah Sippel
  4. Putting the crisis to work by Victoria Stead and Kirstie Petrou
  5. Going against the grain in the West Australian wheatbelt by Kelly Donati
  6. Reviving community agrarianism in post-socialist China by Daren Shi-Chi-Leung
  7. Fantasies of logistics in Aotearoa New Zealand by Matthew Henry and Carolyn Morris
  8. Reproducing hunger in pandemic America by Maggie Dickinson
  9. The pandemic supermarket by David Boarder Giles
  10. Disruption as reprieve? by Jon Altman and Francis Markham
  11. The UN Food Systems Summit: Disaster capitalism and the future of food by Tomaso Ferrando
  12. Against consumer ethics by Christopher Mayes and Angie Sassano
  13. Afterword: Temporary measures by Alex Blanchette

The book is available free to download here.