Tag Archives: Sustainability

Call for Papers: The international Transformations Conference, Sydney, July 2023 

Hosted by The University of Technology Sydney from 12 to 14 July 2023, this transdisciplinary conference focuses on achieving sustainability transformations, and the theme this year is the power of partnerships in tackling global sustainability challenges. Sub-themes include:

  • Policy, Institutions, and Organisations
  • Transformative Paradigms and Practices
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Evaluating and Assessing Transformation
  • Learning and Knowledge Practices
  • Inner transformation and Wellbeing 
  • Just Transformation
  • Transformative Innovations

Submissions are invited for T-practice sessions, workshops, oral and poster presentations, panel dialogues, arts, creative and wellbeing practices.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register your submission.

22 February: Round 1 abstracts and proposals submission deadline (primarily in-person focus)
22 March: Round 2 abstracts and proposals submission deadline (primarily online focus)

Postdoctoral Researcher needed for EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway

EcoFoodSystems project seeking postdoctoral researcher for interdisciplinary research on climate-resilient agroecological transitions of city regional food systems.

Food systems encompass all actors and interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and components of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. Most available data for food-systems decision making remains at the national scale, while day-to-day multi-sectoral decision-making in food systems largely happens in city regions and along value chains with their interconnected peri-urban and rural foodsheds.

Research and innovation activities are needed to enable scaling of innovations and evidence-based transitions to climate-resilience food systems across interlinked urban, peri-urban and rural communities. The EcoFoodSystems project will conduct research and innovation activities that enable stakeholders, decision-makers and change-agents within City-Regional food systems (encompassing both rural and urban communities, production systems, value chains and consumption systems) to improve day-to-day performance towards agroecological and climate-resilient transitions.

By integration of data (including big-data) and research findings, the project will develop sub-national decision-support dashboards and decision-support tools in collaboration with stakeholders, end-users and beneficiaries in the food systems of selected city regions. The project will co-develop and disseminate a common framework, methods and innovative action-learning processes that can be scaled with multi-stakeholder platforms across (and beyond) the selected cities and the rural communities which supply their food.

The EcoFoodSystems project is funded by IFAD/EU and led by the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute, in partnership with Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and RIKOLTO International. EcoFoodSystem’s research and innovation activities are focused on city regions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. 

To further build the EcoFoodSystems project team, the EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway is now recruiting a postdoctoral researcher based in the EcoFoodSystems project within the Ryan Institute at the University of Galway and who will conduct research and innovation activities between Galway and the partner countries (Vietnam, Colombia, Ethiopia).

We are seeking an impact-motivated postdoc who is willing to conduct research across disciplinary boundaries that contributes to meeting the goals and objectives of the EcoFoodSystems project. We are particularly interested in applications from talented and motivated researchers with strong backgrounds in the arena of sustainability and food systems, who have strong and proven skills in food systems data analytics, big data, modelling, geospatial analytics, data visualisation, network mapping and environmental footprinting (e.g. life cycle analysis) and development of data-driven decision support tools. Experience in data analytical and visualisation tools such as R (incl. statistical, GIS packages), Python, Tableau, PowerBi, SQL, ArcGIS) and strong competency in data-analytical and statistical techniques.

The successful applicant for the postdoc position will have a PhD and significant/proven prior practical research experience and be willing and capable of conducting field-based research activities via EcoFoodSystems partner institutions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. Evidence of prior involvement in research leading to high-quality publications and reports would be particularly welcome, including engagement in the process of drafting, revising and publishing research outputs. The successful applicant will be paid a salary of €39,523-€43,127 per annum.

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Prof. Charles Spillane. Please put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of the e-mail application.

The deadline for applications is 1700 (GMT) 25th January 2023. Please note that only applications that put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of e-mail application will be considered.

PhD Candidature in Food System Shocks at QUT

PHD Candidature Opportunity (2023)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is offering a PhD candidature opportunity to work within an ARC Discovery Project: ‘On-Farm Food System Shocks: Managing Transitions to Future Food Security’. The PhD candidate will conduct research in the social scientific fields of food and agriculture, sustainable food systems, food security and food waste, predominantly employing qualitative research methodologies. The research project requires a critical, ‘complex systems’ perspective with a theoretical focus on transitions to sustainability.  

Organisationally, the candidature is located within the QUT School of Management, Faculty of Business and Law, and the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. The principal supervisor for the advertised candidature is Professor Carol Richards with Dr Rudi Messner as associate supervisor.  

The successful applicant must meet the PhD course entry requirements at QUT and will have the opportunity and supervisor support to apply for a PhD scholarship (application deadline: 31 March 2023).  

For further inquiry and expression of interest please contact: Professor Carol Richards – Sustainable Food Systems 

Agrifood Research Network Meeting

Venue: Lincoln University, Aotearoa New Zealand
Date: 24-26 November 2021

AFRN have been invited to join in with the Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) conference this year. As this is a face-to-face only conference, so it is likely that this will only be relevant to agrifooders in AotearoaNZ.

There will be an AFRN-tagged panel with a number of sessions at SAANZ. The SAANZ theme of Well-being, Engagement and Sustainability will be relevant to many agrifooders. However, as usual, we welcome papers on any aspect of the agrifood system.

If you are thinking of attending, please contact Carolyn Morris.

Registration and abstract submissions are open via the SAANZ Conference website.
When you submit your abstract please note that you want to be in the AFRN stream at the bottom of your abstract. Abstracts are due 30 September 2021 and registrations close 5 November 2021.