Event

‘Eating our Environment’
2017 Food [at] Sydney Seminar Series

When
Wednesday 26 April 2017

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Venue

New Law School, Eastern Ave | University of Sydney

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What can be done to enable individuals and communities to redesign their food systems?

In association with Sydney Ideas

Food [at] Sydney will bring together city planners, public health advocates, food system scholars, urban developers, food producers, retailers and eaters to discuss how food is woven through the fabric of everyday life in this increasingly urban century, connecting the many social and environmental injustices in the world around us.

From Sydney to Zimbabwe, our modern food system is broken. From production and processing, to distribution and consumption, profits are put before the health of people and planet. These seminars will explore what can be done to enable individuals and communities to redesign their food systems—to eat with and within their environments.

We will investigate how ecological farming practices and social enterprise can be used to empower rural women in the Global South, how university campuses are a living lab for food systems change, and how cities will play a key role in building more socially just and environmentally sustainable food systems.

Series Chair: Dr Alana Mann, Department of Media and Communications
Alana Mann joined the University of Sydney in 2007 after a professional career in the media and non-profit sectors. Her teaching and research focus on how ordinary citizens get voice in policy debates regarding wicked problems such as food security and climate change. Her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift was published in 2014.

Currently, Alana is involved in cross-disciplinary research projects concerning food systems with colleagues in the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Charles Perkins Centre. She is on a Faculty-wide project team exploring the crisis of ‘post-truth’ discourse, funded through the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI, 2017), and is co-CI on an Education Innovation project based in Glebe, the Social Justice Learning Lab. Her international collaborations include a comparative study of ‘land-grabbing’ with researchers in Brazil and South East Asia.

Alana regularly speaks about her research at public events such as Sydney Ideas, Raising the Bar and Outside the Square, and has been an invited speaker at events such as Food and Words. She is Chair of the SEI Food@Sydney seminar series.

Cultivating our Campus
How can we make our campus food environments more sustainable?

Speakers:

  • Dr Sinead Boylan, School of Public Health
  • Tracey Ho,  Campus Infrastructure Services
  • Sophie Lamond, Fair Food Challenge

Wednesday 26 April, 2017 | 5.00 – 6.30PM
New Law LT 106, New Law School
Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney


Growing Change
Female empowerment through farming and social enterprise 

Speakers:

  • Chido Govera – farmer, campaigner, and educator, Zimbabwe

Tuesday 2 May, 2017 | 5.00 – 6.30PM
Law School Foyer, New Law School
Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney


Eating in the City
What is being done, and what more can we do to help address this problem?

Speakers:

  • Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
  • Allison Heller, City of Sydney
  • Rhiannon Cook, New South Wales Council for Social Services

Tuesday 6 June, 2017 | 5.00 – 6.30PM
Law School Foyer, New Law School
Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney


The Suburban Harvest …
food in our own backyard
How can we use our cities to feed a growing world?

Speakers:

  • Ananth Gopal, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Jennifer Kent, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Dr Laura Fisher, Sydney College of the Arts

Tuesday 11 July, 2017 | 5.00 – 6.30PM
New Law LT 106, New Law School
Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney