Cabot Institute day seminar: Security of household food access in Bristol and beyond

10 April 2014, 10.00 AM - 10 April 2014, 10.00 AM

Graduate School of Education (First floor, room 1.20)

In the current era of economic uncertainty and climate change and rising food and fuel costs the issue of how to ensure everyone has access to a varied and healthy diet not just in the UK but beyond, is of pressing concern. At home, the UK’s largest food bank charity projects that it will have distributed over a million food parcels in 2013-2014 alone. Across the world, 12 percent of the global population was suffering from chronic hunger in 2013.  At the same time, scientists and agriculturalist highlight the tensions and contradictions inherent within the need to produce more affordable food, sustainably.

How can these agendas be reconciled? What are the key issues? And what can researchers, activists, governments, businesses and charities all do to promote a fairer, more sustainable, more accessible food system for all – in Bristol and Beyond?

This interdisciplinary day seminar provides an opportunity to discuss these challenges, and consider how we could contribute to ongoing debates such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty announcement of an inquiry  into hunger and food poverty in Britain (announced 20 February).

Access to an adequate food supply is the most basic of human needs and rights. We should not allow food poverty in the UK to be the next public health emergency.

David Taylor-Robinson
Part 1: Understanding food poverty and responses to it in the UK

10.00-11.00: Patricia Lucas, Eldin Fahmy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol: Food welfare and food poverty in the UK

11.30-12.30: Liz Dowler, University of Warwick and Hannah Lambie-Mumford, University of Sheffield: Food poverty and food charity

LUNCH (provided)

13:00 – 14:00 Key Note Lecture: Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University: Securing a healthy diet: the personal, the political and the planning challenges

Part 2: A sustainable, health promoting food system

14:30 – 15:00 Michael Lee, School for Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol: Food Production: The Robust Cow

15:00 - 15:30 Xiajun Wang, School of Economics, Finance & Management, University of Bristol: Management of the global food chain

15:30 – 16:00 Richard Sheldon, Department of History, University of Bristol: Bristol's Food Battles in Historical Perspective

16:00 – 17:00 Discussion: What are the big questions for security of food provision and access in the UK?

17:00 – 18:00  Key Note Lecture: Gus Hoyt, Green Party Councillor, Ashley Ward, Bristol City Council and Angela Raffle, Consultant in Public Health Bristol City Council and Mark Goodway Founder & Charity Director of The Matthew Tree Project: Supermarkets and Food Security: A new food model for Bristol


  • Attendance is free, and attendance for part of the day is possible, but places are limited and you must fill in the booking form if you wish to attend any part.
  • Download the booking form [Word, 84 KB] and return to
  • This interdisciplinary event is open to researchers and academics working in the area of food security.  Third sector organisations by invitation only.

Funding for travel expenses

We have some funding to support postgraduates and early career researchers who need travel expenses to attend this event.  Please contact with an estimate of costs, and a paragraph explaining why this seminar would be useful to your research.


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