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ESRC Seminar #3 – The Politics of Food and Nutrition: Resilience, Security and Justice in a Global Context

ESRC Seminar #3 – “The Politics of Food and Nutrition: Resilience, Security and Justice in a Global Context”

This seminar brought together academics, policy-makers and civil society organizations to discuss and examine the multiple socio-economic, environmental and health-related dimensions of food and nutrition. It explored inter-scale connections, from Scotland and the UK to the international context, and specifically addressed the following questions:

How are nutrition and food questions mediated by social and political inequalities?
What are the prospects for food security in the current agri-food context?
What roles do alternative responses and movements play in challenging food cultures?
Does current policy-making adequately address the politics of food, health and nutrition?


Antonio Ioris- Welcome by the Future of our Food research team

Keynote speaker: Mike Small, Fife Diet

The Complexity of Nutrition and Food Protection

Cesar Revoredo- Scotland’s Rural College

Wendy Wrieden- Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University

Trends, Problems and Alternatives

Liz Dinnie- Foodscapes Project, James Hutton Institute

Bill Gray- Community Food & Health Scotland, NHS Health Scotland

Pete Ritchie- Nourish Scotland

Policy Making and Future Prospects

Valeria Skafida- University of Edinburgh

Peter Faassen de Heer- Diet Policy, Scottish Government

Robin Gourlay- Scottish Government

The Future of our Food is a major new seminar series funded by the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council. It brings people together to jointly explore emerging challenges in agriculture and food in the UK and globally. Each seminar explores themes of resilience, sustainability, nutritional security, public health, well-being and justice in the food system.