Monday 15 February 10 am - 12.30PM

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Law Foyer, Level 2 New Law School, University of Sydney


Addressing the politics of human food consumption within carbon-conscious institutional change

The Veg*n Sustainability Workshop is in partnership with  HARN: Human Animal Research Network 

In recent times, a number of institutions such as universities, media organisations and superannuation funds have publically announced initiatives to divest from industries that are implicated in contributing to global warming.  Animal agriculture is one such industry, contributing around 18% of the ‘global warming effect’, an ‘even larger contribution than the transportation sector worldwide’, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.  And yet, institutional responses to sustainability rarely attend to this connection between climate change, animal agriculture and food choices.  The Veg*n Sustainability Workshop addresses the politics of human food consumption as an integral component of a carbon-conscious institutional change agenda within institutions.  To kick off our workshop, we are opening with a public forum, which will include short presentations from participants and a longer Q&A session with the audience.

Workshop Participants include:

  • Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Gender and Cultural Studies/HARN, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jason Grossman, ANU
  • A/Professor Annie Potts, University of Canterbury, NZ
  • Professor Stuart White, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
  • Dr Kate Marsh, Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Sociology/HARN University of Sydney
  • Dr Astrida Neimanis, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
  • A/Professor Tess Lea, Gender and Cultural Studies/HARN University of Sydney
  • Dr Richard Twine, CfHAS/Edgehill University UK
  • Sue Donaldson, Independent Scholar, Canada

Further Information:

What will the Veg*n Sustainability Workshop will be looking into?

  1. What positive roles can institutions play in developing protocols for managing cultural divestments in socials norms that are potentially harmful?
  2. What are the social and cultural conditions under which scientific recommendations for contributing to social change get taken up or stymied?
  3. Can the language of economic divestment be applied to additional carbon intensive industries such as livestock? If not, why not?
  4. Why is it that veg*nism is not met by institutional recognition alongside other sustainability measures?
  5. Who, within institutions, bears the responsibility for managing and administering the expectations around sustainable food consumption within institutions?
  6. What is the nature of the resistance to veg*nism?  What are some of the chief mechanisms for reform around diet and the politics of meat eating?
  7. What methods for divesting in carbon intensive activities such as meat & dairy consumption have worked in the past?
  8. What might a comprehensive policy on ethical and sustainable food practice look like in a contemporary climate conscious institution?

Those interested in attending this Public Forum need to register.

There is no fee for attending.  All welcome.

Contact:   Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
Email: fiona.probyn-rapsey@sydney.edu.au