June 3, 2022
Online, via Zoom
Climate change, population growth and movement, cost of living pressures, animal welfare, seed monopolies, supply chain shortages, consumption and health… the list of challenges around food seems endless. Yet there is much thoughtful and positive work taking place to improve the health and sustainability of our food systems worldwide.
In this four-part seminar series, presented in partnership with All of Life Redeemed, an international platform of researchers will speak on their work in this area from a range of perspectives that ‘use research to do good for all’.
The UN aims to eradicate hunger by 2030. Yet the world is now facing unprecedented levels of hunger due to a perfect storm of socio-economic developments, from Covid to Ukraine. The challenges may be traced back to our highly-financialised capitalist framework. Following denationalisation and de-weaponisation of the agri-food industry with the drive for private profitability, the financial services system has been ill-equipped to provide credit to more sustainable, small-scale agri-producers. Yet there are success stories. Plamen will show how Germany’s inclusive financial system (built on the Christian pillar of “help thy brother”) has been foundational to the availability of affordable, good quality food in the Bundesrepublik in the last 200 years, laying the foundations for its successful export-led economic growth.
Plamen is Lecturer in Economics and Banking at the University of Winchester. His research focuses on the role of credit institutions in economic development.
Richard is a professor in banking and finance at De Montfort University. He is also a founding chair of Local First, a community interest company establishing not-for-profit community banks in the UK. In 2008 he founded the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, and until 2018 he was Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton.
|Friday 20th May||Dr Yoseph Araya|
Climate-smart agroforestry in Malawi
|Dr Richard Gunton|
How broad is sustainable intensification?
|Friday 27th May||Dr Jan van der Stoep|
Eating as a normative practice
|Dr Philip Sampson|
Whose world, whose sustainability? Recovering the interests of the planet
|Friday 3rd June||Dr Plamen Ivanov|
Economics of food security
|Prof Richard Werner|
Financing sustainable food supplies
|Friday 10th June||Maarten Verkerk|
The many faces of sustainable home cooking
|Dr Franck Meijboom|
Animals in perspective: on animals and transitions towards sustainability
The seminars take place on consecutive Fridays, from 12:00-14:00 BST, on Zoom. You are welcome to attend the whole series, but each lecture will stand alone.
Places are £5 per seminar, free for students.
Full joining details will be sent when you book.