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hildebj
May 06, 2022
In RC40 Announcements
RC40 Mini-conference - The Food System in the (Post-) Pandemic World: Disruptions, Vulnerability, Resilience, and Alternatives. Leipzig, Germany October 20-21, 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has once again illuminated multiple flaws in our food system. Food supplies largely rely on long-distance food chains, many of which have been disrupted due to lockdowns and trade restrictions. The pandemic has left millions of people temporarily or permanently more food insecure, as they have lost income sources and are suffering from a pandemic-induced global recession. COVID-19 has sharply exposed the vulnerabilities of capitalist-industrial agri-food relations, and has significantly intensified them. At the same time, we have also seen that agri-food relations can be resilient, as people have experienced new forms of solidarity. The scope, depth, and intensity of current agri-food related problems - as well as the continuous search for alternatives - require us to reconsider the major themes of the sociology of agriculture and food: the globalization of agri-food; the reconfiguration of socio-ecological linkages between agri-food and nature; the politics of agriculture and food; and the methodological and theoretical ways we make sense of these within agri-food scholarship. Full call: https://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/app/uploads/2022/03/ISA-RC40-MiniConference-CfP-Final-2022-03-15.pdf
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hildebj
Apr 23, 2022
In RC40 Announcements
The Department of Environmental Studies is searching for two assistant professor positions as part of cluster hires. Position are in Water Policy and Governance; and Climate Justice/Urban Sustainability. Brief descriptions below; See full details at https://www.esf.edu/hr/clusterhire/ 1) Urban Sustainability Faculty Cluster Initiative: The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY seeks to accelerate transdisciplinary innovations in Urban Sustainability through the addition of three new faculty positions. These new faculty will work with an existing team who are committed to generating actionable science, offering experiential student learning opportunities, and advancing the socio-ecological paradigm as applied to urban sustainability. With robust mentoring and research infrastructure support, new hires will be able to establish interdisciplinary connections, link with community groups and policymakers, and work within new research paradigms. We invite applications for the following tenure-track (10 month) positions: atmospheric science (Department of Chemistry), climate justice (Department of Environmental Studies), and climate-adaptive design (Department of Landscape Architecture). Successful candidates for these three positions will be expected to participate actively and sustainably in this interdisciplinary initiative, "the Urban Sustainability Cluster." Participation in the Cluster will be an important criterion in performance evaluations. The Department of Environmental Studies (EST) is seeking candidates for an academic year, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, starting in the fall of 2022. As part of the Urban Sustainability Cluster, this faculty member will advance scholarship in Climate Justice. This faculty member will contribute an understanding of the social forces that bolster and/ hinder scientific solutions to urban sustainability, within an action-oriented education and social change framework. This person's expertise will be at the intersection of climate/energy justice and urban sustainability, teaching classes of broad appeal, and in support of the new online master's in professional studies (MPS) degree in environmental justice. Priority will be given to scholars whose fields of expertise include climate adaptation and resilience through a lens of social justice, inequality, and differing vulnerabilities. This faculty member will engage with local communities, expanding experiential learning opportunities in environmental health, STEM education, and community resilience (e.g., via initiatives such as the I-81 project and/or NY State's climate initiative). The ideal candidate will have interdisciplinary training that emphasizes the human dimensions of environmental problems. For more information on the Climate Justice position, contact Dr. Mary Collins at mbcollin@esf.edu. 2) Water Faculty Cluster Initiative: The State University of New York - Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY, seeks to stimulate innovative research addressing water issues. Across the next year, a total of five (5) new faculty members will be hired to join existing researchers who are focused on the challenges associated with sustainable access to water resources in the coming decades. Our faculty will work toward goals including the improved understanding of aquatic ecosystems as well as equitable strategies for watershed stewardship. With high quality research infrastructure and sound mentoring, our new hires will be able to develop their research agendas and cultivate relationships with community groups and policymakers. Avenues for addressing the key challenges in water science include transdisciplinary approaches, student learning opportunities, and community collaborations, among others. Future postings will recruit for four additional positions for the Water Cluster, including: aquatic science - molecular (Department of Environmental Biology); aquatic biochemistry (Department of Chemistry); applied hydrology (Department to be determined); and water quality modelling (Department of Environmental Resources Engineering). Successful candidates for these positions will be expected to participate actively and sustainably in this interdisciplinary initiative, and participation in the Water Cluster will be an important criterion in performance evaluations. The Department of Environmental Studies (EST) is seeking candidates for an academic year, tenure-track (10 month) position at the Assistant Professor rank, starting in the fall of 2022. As part of the Water Cluster, this faculty member will advance scholarship in the human dimensions of water issues. For more information on the Water Policy & Governance position, contact Dr. Sharon Moran at smoran@esf.edu.
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hildebj
Sep 21, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College invites applications for two full-time appointments specializing in the anthropology or sociology of race, health, and the environment, beginning on July 1, 2022. One of the positions will be a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The other will be a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or professor. Topical areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to the following: health and environmental justice; racialized geographies of pollution and health; indigenous approaches to sovereignty, health, and environmental protection; immigration, health, and the environment; race, colonialism, and medical and/or environmental science; imperialism and/or militarism, race, health, and the environment; and institutions (e.g., prisons), health, and environmental justice. We are also interested in candidates whose research draws on innovative methodologies and theoretical perspectives, ones that can speak across the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and the life and environmental sciences. Geographic area of focus is open. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 43 percent identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse in regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Each position may be either fully in the Department of Anthropology or Sociology, or joint between the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and another department that complements the applicant's specialization (e.g., the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Black Studies, the Department of American Studies, or the Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies). The teaching load is two courses per semester, and the successful candidate will be expected to advise honors theses. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology or sociology or a related field in hand by the start of the appointment. Candidates are asked to apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/92826. Please include in the application a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (fifteen to thirty pages), teaching statement, and an item that gives us a sense of you as a teacher (e.g., syllabus, assignment, etc.), as well as the names and contact information for three references (candidates need not upload letters at this time, the submission will be complete even if it says “pending letters”). Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 11, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Chris Dole, at cdole@amherst.edu. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/provost_dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment
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hildebj
Aug 06, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food Published by the Department of Sociology, Michigan State University (USA). Frequency: 2 to 3 issues per year with an ambition to reach 4 issues per year ISSN: 0798-1759 Editors: Raymond A. Jussaume Jr., Katerina Psarikidou, Claire Marris http://www.ijsaf.org/ The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF) in an open-access, on-line academic journal that provides a forum for theoretically informed empirical research and critical debates about local, regional, national and/or global food and agricultural systems. It is open to contributions not only from sociologists, but also from scholars in related disciplines. It welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to social, cultural, political and environmental aspects of food production, distribution and consumption, as well as processes of agricultural change. All articles published in this journal undergo external, double-blind peer review. IJSAF is the official journal of the Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC-40) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). At this time, RC40 is soliciting applications for a new Editor-in-Chief for a term of 4 years. See the full call for details
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hildebj
Jun 08, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
Funded by e-Campus Ontario, this collaborative open educational resource (OER) will bring together a collection of 100+ short pedagogical pieces (500-1000 words) to help students understand complex theoretical concepts and disciplinary jargon from the critical social sciences. Following a set of defined guidelines (see the Author Guide below), OER contributors will create “vignettes”—short, evocative stories, illustrations or infographics, poems, described photographs, or other audio-visual material. This OER will be of use across disciplines and community contexts, democratizing theory while linking it to practical, grounded experience. See enclosed call for proposals for detailed information.
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hildebj
Jun 08, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
Scholars from around the world are invited to send an Abstract of Interest of not more than 500 words by June 15, 2021 to jussaume@msu.edu. We are asking scholars who are conducting, or who have recently conducted empirical work in Japan on innovative community-based approaches to transforming food, agriculture, forestry, and fishery to submit abstracts on their work for consideration for presentation in a virtual symposium this fall. We are particularly interested in presentations that highlight how everyday people are approaching local development challenges and opportunities. Thematically, these empirical studies could be framed within a variety of conceptual approaches, including, but not limited to: a loss of trust in the political economic system; issues of power and powerlessness; top -down versus bottom-up development strategies; concerns about the future viability of rural Japan; local conflicts about development strategies and future visions; and creative and innovative approaches to empowering communities, conflict resolutions within the community, and addressing challenges. See attachment for more information!
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hildebj
Mar 23, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
Post-Doctoral Social Science Research Associate Social and Ecological Impacts of Digital Agriculture Cornell is hiring a postdoc to play a leadership role in designing for social impact of digital agriculture. The position announcement and details are available here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18232.
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hildebj
Feb 04, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
Dear RC40, Please join the RC40 Members’ Business Meeting & Social – Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food, International Sociological Association (Zoom link below) Friday February 26, 2021 2:00 EST (Porto Alegre time 16.00 (LONDON -5 hours) The RC40 Members’ Business Meeting is a chance to exchange information about the status of RC40 membership, budget, journal (IJSAF), program activities and upcoming 2022 elections for the next panel of Officers and Executive Council members. We have a tradition, a platform, and funding to enable people to advance a wide variety of engaged scholarship focused around agriculture and food. Your engagement needed to leverage these resources to advance a more equitable, sustainable, and satisfying world. All RC40 members are welcome to play an active role in the Members’ Business Meeting and in the leadership of this organization. It does not matter how long you have been a member, or how much you publish, or what kind of professional role you play. Your voice and your ideas are needed. We pledge to make this meeting an inclusive discussion, and we aim to engage all RC40 members in dialogue about future plans, activities, and leadership. If COVID was not a fact of life, the RC40 Members’ Business Meeting would be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil as part of the ISA FORUM, which is now a virtual conference Feb 23-27, 2021 - https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum. RC40 will host 63 papers in 14 sessions at the this international meeting. Please note that conference registration in the ISA Forum is NOT required to join the RC40 Business Meeting. The Zoom link provided below will provide access to all members. While it is said you are not supposed to mix business with pleasure, we are willing to take this risk. We will follow the RC40 Members’ Business Meeting with a Social Event. We invite you to participate in a collective game, network, relax, and engage fellow members who share academic and practical interests. Please budget time to join us. Best, Steven, on behalf of the RC40 Executive Council (EC) Join Zoom Meeting https://cornell.zoom.us/j/96046066454?pwd=dUw2eUVnODJwUEk1NzRZMUQ0RGphZz09 Meeting ID: 960 4606 6454 Passcode: RC40 Please put the date, Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode into your calendars.
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hildebj
Feb 04, 2021
In RC40 Announcements
A “view only” registration option is now available for the ISA forum. The View-only registration for non-presenters (only) will be available for purchase. Regular fee US$50, Students fee US$20. Fees must be paid by credit card and are not refundable. Please note that student verification requires at least 24 hours. View-only registration includes all RC-40 session as well as: · View-only access to live sessions · Access to Session Recordings posted after the conference · Congress Program Book and Book of Abstracts (in pdf format) https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2020/registration/call.cgi
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hildebj
Oct 28, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
The ISA FORUM is going virtual starting on February 23, 2021. A short window of opportunity is now open for new abstract submissions. Deadline November 12, 2020 24:00 GMT. RC40 (Research committee on the sociology of agriculture and food) welcome new submissions via the online platform https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2020/rc/cfp.cgi? In the portal you can indicate which session you believe is best suited for your abstract. These are the original sessions accepted for the Forum. Presenters’ registration deadline is December 15, 2020. RC40 is participating in this call. Due to reallocation of some funds due to the conference changes, members of RC40 participating in the Forum as a presenter or organizer can apply for support to cover the registration fee. Priority will be given to members in Category B and C countries, students and retired members. Send an application to me and indicate if any of these describe you, November 12 applies as deadline for this as well. During the conference RC40 will hold its mid-term business meeting. We also aim to convene social events! Info to come! Looking forward to seeing you in RC40-activities in February 2021. Regards, Hilde Bjørkhaug. RC40 program coordinator and member of EC.
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hildebj
Oct 03, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
Farming Inside Invisible Worlds argues that the farm is a key player in the creation and stabilisation of political, economic and ecological power-particularly in colonised landscapes like New Zealand, America and Australia. The book reviews and rejects the way that farms are characterised in orthodox economics and agricultural science and then shows how re-centring the farm using the theoretical idea of political ontology can transform the way we understand the power of farming. Starting with the colonial history of farms in New Zealand, Hugh Campbell goes on to describe the rise of modernist farming and its often hidden political, racial and ecological effects. He concludes with an examination of alternative ways to farm in New Zealand, showing how the prior histories of colonisation and modernisation reveal important ways to farm differently in post-colonial worlds. Hugh Campbell's book has-ranging implications for understanding the role farms play in both our food systems and landscapes, and is an exciting new addition to food studies. You can order the book hardback using the enclosed flyer. This book is also available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. It is funded by the University of Otago, New Zealand.
New Release: Farming Inside Invisible Worlds.
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hildebj
Sep 30, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
This and previous newsletters are uploaded under "About" / "Newsletters". Feedback and input to next issue can be posted here or e-mailed to hilde.bjorkhaug@ntnu.no
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hildebj
Sep 28, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
Important information from ISA: Dear colleagues, Due to the global pandemic that particularly affects Brazil, the IV ISA Forum of sociology will be held entirely online, between February 23 and 27, 2021, with some possibility to extend it a few more days for RC/WG/TG that wish to do so. The theme and the structure of the Forum remain largely unchanged. All the abstracts that have been selected by the RC/WG/TG program coordinators remain valid and included in the Forum online platform. The Forum fees have been reduced by 50% while maintaining the possibility of paying the full amount as a contribution to a solidarity fund to enable sociologists experiencing hardship to participate. The deadline for presenters’ registration has been extended to December 15, 2020. However, in order to be able to plan the sessions and to ensure lively exchanges among sociologists from all continents, we ask you to confirm your participation at the following link before October 15, 2020: Login to your user portal and click on "Roles in Meeting" to confirm/decline acceptance for abstracts on which you are the primary author: User Portal: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2020/gateway.cgi All the abstracts that have not been confirmed by October 15, 2020 will be removed from the Forum program. Until October 15, 2020, authors may update their abstract on the Forum online platform, after consulting their session organizer. Session organizer contact information can be found on the Speaker Center page where you confirm/decline participation. Please consult the presenters' guidelines available on the ISA Forum website: https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2021/guidelines-for-presenters-2021 We look forward to listening to insightful sessions and talks during this first virtual Forum of the ISA, at a time when sociology has much to say on a pandemic that has shaken our societies and our lives. Geoffrey Pleyers ISA Vice-President for Research, President of the IV ISA Forum Sari Hanafi President of the International Sociological Association
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hildebj
Apr 02, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
the Council of the International Rural Sociological Association has decided to postpone the XV World Congress in Cairns for a period of approximately 12 months. http://www.irsa-world.org/2020/notice-of-postponement-of-the-xv-world-congress-of-irsa/#.XoXILUczY2x
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hildebj
Apr 02, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
The ISA Executive Committee has decided to postpone the IV ISA Forum of Sociology until February 23-27, 2021. Registration deadline for presenters has been extended to December 15, 2020. https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2021
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hildebj
Jan 30, 2020
In RC40 Announcements
The Research Committee on Agriculture and Food (RC40) of the International Sociological Association is asking for proposals for a small grant of $2000 to support the establishment or development of professional networks related to the sociology of agriculture and food. Find call-information in the enclosed document. Deadline February 29 2020
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hildebj
Sep 17, 2019
In RC40 Announcements
Please see this exciting opportunity to participate in our conference event at IRSA 2020. As part of the IRSA 2020 XV World Congress of Rural Sociology in Cairns, Australia (July 7-8 2020), RC40(The Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food of the International Sociological Association) invites abstracts for a mini-conference on the theme of "transdisciplinary visual methodologies." We’re also hosting a separate graduate student workshop for students exploring and using visual methods. These unique events will bring together diverse visual and community-based scholars, activists, and artists working in the area of the sociology of food and agriculture to explore the role — and facilitate the use — of visuals (photos, videos and graphics) in community-engaged research. In particular, we invite submissions with an emphasis on the role of visuals for food movements in bridging the urban-rural divide. We welcome abstract submissions of 300 words or less by Nov. 1, 2019. Please indicate if you intend to participate in the mini-conference or the graduate student workshop. Up to six papers will be considered for a special issue in a journal. For more information, please visit our webpage. Contact: Evan Bowness (PhD Candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, evan.bowness@gmail.com)
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hildebj
Apr 25, 2019
In RC40 Announcements
RC40 (Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Committee of the International Sociological Association) and the Australasian Agri-Food Research Network (AAFRN) seek mini-conference proposals for IRSA XV in Cairns, Australia, July 8-12. We seek intellectually exciting, inclusive proposals organized around academic research and practical themes. The mini-conference can be scheduled just prior or just after the Congress. The format and aims of the event are flexible. The hope is that this event will contribute to the IRSA World Congress program through engagement of members of AAFRN and RC40, as well as other IRSA participants. All proposals are welcome. We offer special encouragement for proposals that feature young scholars, engage with the IRSA XV theme of “Rural Sustainability in the Urban Century”, and we are particularly interested in proposals coming from teams that incorporate representatives of both sponsoring organizations. RC40 will provide a small financial contribution to support this event. Additionally, AAFRN and RC40 seek proposals for a post-graduate/graduate student workshop. This jointly sponsored workshop can be part of the mini-conference or separate, and can last only one day or run for several days. The workshop should be student-focused and inclusive, and may provide participants with opportunities to work through methodological issues, explore diverse theoretical approaches, and refine their own ideas and research projects collegially with other students. Workshop proposals should include a theme (consider linking up with the IRSA XV theme of “Rural Sustainability in the Urban Century”, an organising team, suggested mentors who may be mid-career or senior academics, and/or outings or fields trips in Cairns, although these are just suggestions and all workshop formats are welcome. We offer special encouragement for proposals that include graduate/post-graduate students on the organising team. RC40 will provide a small financial contribution to support this event. Please send questions and proposals to Steven Wolf <saw44@cornell.edu> and Katharine Legun <katharine.legun@otago.ac.nz> before May 2, 2019.
 Call for Proposals Sociology of Agrifood Mini-Conference and Post-Graduate Workshop International Rural Sociology XV World. Deadline May 2. content media
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hildebj
Feb 07, 2019
In RC40 Announcements
Session by RC-40 member Dr. Rachel Reckinger on "Innovation, Social Justice and Knowledge Production for the Governance of the Transition to More Sustainable Food Systems”. Interested researchers are invited to send an abstract of max. 350 words to rachel.reckinger@uni.lu by Tuesday, New deadline 25 February 2019. This session’s focus is on the impact, risks and motivations of producers and consumers altering local food systems. Of particular interest are enabling types of governance that improve ecological balance and social justice in policies of governmental regulation and institutions but also in the politics of alternative food movements. Alternative food networks bring about a cultural shift by associating prosumers through a renewed form of trust, reciprocity and community, thus reinforcing social and ecological justice (even though the consumers of such local food systems tend to stem from the privileged milieus). Yet these innovations, while being agroecological, often dissociate themselves from official organic certifications. This makes established, certified organic farmers, often without prosumer involvement, feel a certain fragmentation and lack of solidarity. At the same time, such heterodox actors in the transition to more sustainable food systems bring about new forms of knowledge, that are contested and co-constructed, along with enabling or disabling policymaking and, often, in dialogue with research. Yet again, established farmers – organic or conventional with all intermediate shades – also produce long-standing knowledge and have experience in managing their businesses with more or less sustainable priorities. An analysis of such food value chain practices focuses on negotiations and struggles among actors in a multifaceted foodscape, where some block and some enhance transitions. Viewing the relationships, interconnectedness and agency of niche innovations and regime hegemonies opens up the perspective of contested knowledge claims. Additionally, the ways in which actors in the regulatory field advance transitions by policy measures and initiatives need to be considered, and in particular the processes of politicization as interdependencies between social movement actors and the public sphere as well as the private sector: welcome examples are food policy councils, but also food clusters or other civil society initiatives as well as PPP innovations. In short: which types of governance at all levels show themselves to be effective in supporting and empowering such multiple changes in “knowing and growing food in a contested arena” (Goodman, DuPuis, Goodman, 2014)? http://iehca.eu/fr/recherche-formations/colloques-et-conferences/conventions
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hildebj
Jan 31, 2019
In RC40 Announcements
Deadline for extended abstracts:  30 May 2019  https://graduate.aur.edu/events/conference-sustainable-food-systems-sustainable-diets Keynote Speakers Harriet Friedmann,  Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Toronto Tim Lang,  Professor of Food Policy, City,  University of London Colin Sage,  Senior Lecturer in Food Geography, University College Cork
Sustainable Food Systems  < >  Sustainable Diets Conference Rome,  Friday, 11 October 2019. content media
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