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8 May 202410:45

Becky Willson, Farm Carbon Toolkit

Managing carbon on-farm. Full details
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13 March 202413:45

The enclosure of knowledge: Books, power and agrarian capitalism in Britain 1660-1800

James Fisher UoE - The enclosure of knowledge: Books, power and agrarian capitalism in Britain 1660-1800. Full details
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21 February 202410:45

Between Scales, Subjectivities and Species: Towards a political ecological theory of futurity in agri-food systems

Rob Booth, University of Birmingham - Between Scales, Subjectivities and Species: Towards a political ecological theory of futurity in agri-food systems. Full details
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31 January 202410:45

Katharina Graf - University of Frankfurt

Cyborg Cooks: Digitalizing Domestic Cooking in Germany. Full details
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13 December 202310:45

Harry G West

War and Cheese. Full details
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22 November 202310:45

Rosie McVey

Learning From The Herd?: Ethics and Intercorporeality in Equine-Assisted Therapy.. Full details
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1 November 202310:45

Allan Butler

The invention of nature to its metrification. Full details
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22 October 202320:00

FOOD ON FILM: ANNIE GRAY; FEAST, FAMINE AND FADS

Dr Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians, specialising in the history of food and dining from c.1600 to the present day. As part of our Harvest Festival and in partnership with our Food on Film Series and Exeter Food, Annie turns her attention to excess and abstinence. Full details
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22 October 202317:00

FOOD ON FILM: BABETTE’S FEAST

When Babette’s fortune changes one day she takes the opportunity to bring quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly devout villagers offering them sensual pleasures and experiences for one night only. Full details
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17 October 202318:00

FOOD ON FILM: WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE (15) + INTRO

WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve the greatest problems of our time. Full details
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14 October 202313:30

FOOD ON FILM: EXETER GROWERS CO-OPERATIVE VISIT AND GROWING EXPERIENCE

Join us for a visit to Exeter Growers Co-operative’s 5 acre site on the edge of Exeter as part of Food on Film’s autumn season. The co-op grow delicious organic produce together on the site to promote healthy food, growing knowledge, enjoyment, biodiversity and sustainable use of the land. Full details
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11 October 202310:45

Rebecca Laughton

Grassroots Solutions: Landworkers' Alliance and the emergence of farmer-led research. Full details
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10 October 202318:00

FOOD ON FILM: THE GLEANERS AND I

Agnès Varda’s extraordinary self-reflexive documentary explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for what society throws away. Full details
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2 August 202312:00

FOOD ON FILM: CHICKEN RUN (U)

This engaging stop-motion, claymation from Aardman (Shaun the Sheep) shares the adventures of Ginger and her friendly brood who are trapped on a horrible farm.. Full details
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1 August 202312:00

FOOD ON FILM: CHICKEN RUN (U)

This engaging stop-motion, claymation from Aardman (Shaun the Sheep) shares the adventures of Ginger and her friendly brood who are trapped on a horrible farm.. Full details
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29 July 202312:00

FOOD ON FILM: CHICKEN RUN (U)

This engaging stop-motion, claymation from Aardman (Shaun the Sheep) shares the adventures of Ginger and her friendly brood who are trapped on a horrible farm.. Full details
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25 July 202318:00

FOOD ON FILM: MEAT THE FUTURE + PANEL

Imagine a world where real meat is produced sustainably without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals. This is no longer science fiction, it’s now within reach. Full details
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11 July 202318:45

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Should we all be giving up meat and dairy if we’re to have a hope of avoiding dangerous climate breakdown? This is what the headlines seem to tell us. But is this too simplistic a picture – and what would this mean for Cornwall, where the majority of our farmland is used to raise livestock or to grow crops for these animals to eat?. Full details
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14 June 202310:30

Kreseda Smith - Agricultural Crime as an additional Stressor for Farmer Mental Health and Wellbeing

Agricultural Crime as an additional Stressor for Farmer Mental Health and Wellbeing. Full details
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31 May 202310:30

Andrew Jones - The need for interdisciplinary approaches toward research into farming

The need for interdisciplinary approaches toward research into farming. Full details
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23 May 202310:45

Exeter Food - Term Three Pechakucha Seminar

These events are a great way to learn about with what colleagues studying food related topics across the university are working on, to offer them valuable input, and to spark ideas for future collaborations. Full details
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17 May 202310:30

Alessandro Guglielmo - Cheese, maggots, and multi-species bodies. The decay of more-than-human health in rural Sardinia

Cheese, maggots, and multi-species bodies. The decay of more-than-human health in rural Sardinia. Full details
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11 May 202310:30

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and Exeter Food

Exeter Food Network has a great opportunity to learn about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) relating to the Exeter Food Network, from Dr Andy Jones (Impact Fellow for HASS).. Full details
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3 May 202310:30

Jed Hilton and Robin Burrow - Suffering, Respect, and Identity in High End Kitchens

Suffering, Respect, and Identity in High End Kitchens. Full details
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25 April 202318:45

FOOD ON FILM: IN OUR HANDS + PANEL

The seeds of a better food system. In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside. Full details
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18 April 202318:00

FOOD ON FILM: FROM BELOW + PANEL

From Below, is a documentary that showcases the mutual aid and grassroots community action that helped feed and comfort the vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.. Full details
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29 March 202310:30

CRPR Seminar - Farming in the shadow of violent organizations: Understanding farmers’ place shaping in socio-ecological crises

Stefano Pascucci. Full details
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15 March 202310:30

CRPR External Seminar

Agricultural Crime as an additional Stressor for Farmer Mental Health and Wellbeing. Full details
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8 February 202310:30

CRPR External Seminar

Local Food System Marketing Innovations – Links to Employer Wellness and Other Win-Win Branding Ideas Needing to Be Developed. Full details
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7 February 202319:00

FOOD ON FILM: Come back anytime + intro

The story of a master who created a community in Tokyo, one bowl of ramen at a time. Full details
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31 January 202318:00

FOOD ON FILM: Tampopo (18) + intro

How far would you go for the perfect ramen? Guided in her quest by scrappy truck drivers Gun and Gorō, Tampopo strives to create the best ramen around to serve from her roadside shop. In the process she is run through a rigorous training process, encouraged to steal secrets of broth-making and challenges other ramen-makers in Spaghetti Western (noodle Western?) style stand-offs. Full details
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25 January 202318:15

FOOD ON FILM: Blind ambition (12A) + intro + wine tasting workshop

Joseph, Marlvin, Pardon and Tinashe form a unlikely team of Zimbabwean refugees turned sommeliers, who turn the international wine establishment of privilege and tradition on its head in this inspiring documentary. Full details
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14 December 202210:30

CRPR External Seminar

Josh Milburn - Animal rights and food: Can we have our cow and eat her too?. Full details
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23 November 202210:30

CRPR External Seminar

“Keeping on top of it”: how livestock farmers manage their workloads and the demands of farm assurance shortly. Full details
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2 November 202210:30

CRPR External Seminar

Mapping the Good Farmer: Using Mental Maps to Explore Good Farming and Biosecurity in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Full details
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25 October 202219:30

The Truffle Hunters and Introduction

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.. Full details
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18 October 202219:30

First Cow Introduction Taster Box

Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) delivers First Cow, a gripping and glorious story of friendship and petty crime on the harsh frontier of the Pacific Northwest. The film will be introduced by food anthropologists Professor Harry West and Professor Heather Paxson who will discuss food, trade and the history of dairy in the US.. Full details
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6 September 202218:00

Evening tour of St Nicholas Priory Museum - FULLY BOOKED

A delightful opportunity to visit Exeter’s oldest building and explore its extraordinary history with this private tour and talk focusing on the 20th century restoration of the Priory and its eccentric patron Maud Tothill.. Full details
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30 March 202210:30

CRPR Seminar Series

More information to follow. Full details
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16 March 202212:45

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

To request a Teams link to this online seminar please email ExeterFood@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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9 March 202212:30

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

The popularity of ‘soda taxes’ as a public health policy has grown rapidly in the last few years, offering what appears to be a ‘simple’ solution to a ‘complex’ problem. While the evidence suggests that a tax is associated with reducing the purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages, there are a number of questions that remain, including: understanding possible spill-over effects across the food system, the mechanisms for behaviour change (how much of the effect is actually price versus other effects), extensions to tax policies beyond ‘soda’, importance of changed product composition versus overall consumption. In this presentation, I will outline research we have conducted in the UK over the last few years that cover these (and other) areas, including our current evaluation of the UK’s ‘soda tax’, the ‘sugar drinks industry levy’.. Full details
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2 March 202210:30

CRPR Seminar Series

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2 February 202212:45

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

Wtih Professor Tom MacMillan from the Royal Agricultural University.. Full details
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1 December 202110:30

CRPR Seminar Series

Paul Hurley is a postdoctoral researcher with the ‘Change in Agriculture’ research group at the University of Reading where he is involved in research projects about so-called ‘harder-to-reach’ farmers, about the Christian ethics of farmed animal welfare, about human-viral interactions and imaginaries, and about the politics of human and nonhuman migration. Full details
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24 November 202112:35

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

Professor Joanna Bowtell, Sports and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, presents the latest seminar in the Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series: A Smorgasbord of Nutrition for Health: From Meals on Wheels to Blueberries for Brains.. Full details
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17 November 202110:30

CRPR Seminar Series

The Somerset Levels and Moors comprise low-lying farmland in south-west England, prone to seasonal flooding. The area suffered uncommonly severe floods in 2012 and 2013/2014, triggering high-profile debates about the area’s long-term future. Full details
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15 November 202119:30

James Rebanks: How to (try to) be a good farmer

His two bestselling books about his farming life – The Shepherd’s Life and English Pastoral – have been translated in to many languages and have won a number of literary awards including the Wainwright Prize, the Fortnum & Mason Food Book of the Year and the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year and Nature Book of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize. English Pastoral was described by Melvyn Bragg as ‘masterpiece’ and by Wendell Berry as ‘just about perfect’. In this lecture, which has been organised by the Centre for Rural Policy Research and Exeter Food as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series, he will tell the story of what his land has taught him about farming with nature, and how we must strive to reconcile all our different needs from the British landscape. For more information and to register for your place, please visit jamesrebanks.eventbrite.co.uk.. Full details
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3 November 202110:30

CRPR Seminar Series

Nathan Einbinder, course lead for Regenerative Food and Farming programmes at Schumacher College, presents our first CRPR seminar of the year. There will be opportunity for discussion and questions after his talk. You can read, and hear, more about Nathan and his research here https://campus.dartington.org/dr-nathan-einbinder-joins-academic-faculty/ and here https://campus.dartington.org/interview-with-nathan-einbinder/. Full details
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13 October 202114:00

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

A lecture by Michael S. Carolan, Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University (USA). Full details
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29 September 202112:45

Exeter Food 2021-2022 Seminar Series

All are invited to this first session in the series, where four members of Exeter Food will each give brief (7-8 minute) presentations, and take questions, about projects that they are working on. The session is designed to start a dialogue amongst network members about our interests, with the aim of creating a vibrant intellectual community and fostering constructive feedback and future collaborations. Full details
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24 March 2021

CRPR Seminar Series - Dr Conny Guell

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24 February 2021

CRPR Seminar Series - Professor Paul Young and Dr Branwyn Poleykett

Please email crpr@exeter.ac.uk to receive a link to join this online seminar. Full details
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3 February 2021

CRPR Seminar Series - Amy Simpson (DECIPHer, Cardiff University)

Please email crpr@exeter.ac.uk to receive a link to join this online seminar. Full details
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13 January 2021

CRPR Seminar Series - Caroline Bennett and Professor Steve Simpson

Please email crpr@exeter.ac.uk to receive a link to join this virtual seminar. Full details
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2 December 202011:30

CRPR Seminar Series - Jess Fagin

Jess is a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy Research. She is also a member of SOAS Food Studies Centre and the Graduate Association of Food Studies. Jess co-edits the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. Full details
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4 November 202011:30

CRPR Seminar Series - Simon Pope

Simon is an artist, and an associate researcher at the University of Toronto.. Full details
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7 October 202011:30

CRPR Seminar Series - Dr Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh

Olivia is a Research Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, UEA and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the European Centre for Environmental and Human Health (ECEHH) at the University of Exeter, working on a transdisciplinary project on healthy food systems in the Caribbean. She also teaches two online short courses at Goldsmiths University, 'Decolonising Anthropology' and 'Masters of Sex: Feminisms, Sexuality and the Archive". Please email crpr@exeter.ac.uk to receive the link to join this online seminar. Full details
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27 May 2020

Food and Drink Colloquium

This interdepartmental colloquium will draw together colleagues working on any aspect of food and drink to launch the University of Exeter Food Studies Network. Full details
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18 March 202010:30

Postponed: CRPR Seminar Series: Made Setiawan and Janet Sawyer

Janet Sawyer is the Founder and Executive Chair of Littlepod. Made Setiawan is an Forest Agroecologist, Entrepreneur, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University Udayana, Indonesia.. Full details
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4 March 202015:30

POSTPONED: SPA Seminar Series - Professor Michael Carolan

Professor Carolan is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. His areas of expertise include environmental and agricultural law and policy, environmental sociology, the sociology of food systems and agriculture, economic sociology, and the sociology of technology and scientific knowledge. Full details
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4 March 202010:30

POSTPONED: CRPR Seminar Series: Prof. Michael Carolan

This seminar engages with two rich but largely disparate research traditions: one looks at ethical consumption, that is, constructions and contestations around good food, while the other interrogates the equally contested space of what it means to be a good farmer. The argument is informed by qualitative data collected from, on the one hand, those engaged in shaping urban food policy and institutional procurement plans in Denver, Colorado, and, on the other hand, rural Colorado farmers and ranchers who supply out-of-state markets. Given the growing appeal of locally sourced food from smaller scale producers utilizing certain so-called ethical management practices (resulting in, e.g. cage-free chickens, organic food, and grass-fed beef), the seminar asks, “how are particular markers of good food,” which I show to be commonly held in urban foodscapes, “understood by rural producers?,” and “how do these constructions play into their conceptions of what it means to be a good farmer?”. Full details
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19 February 202010:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Dr. Kaley Hart

The UK’s planned withdrawal from the European Union (EU) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) provides an unparalleled opportunity to rethink and experiment with farming and land use policy design in a way that addresses the scale of the environmental and climate challenges. This seminar will consider the range of pathways being contemplated by the four UK administrations – from the removal of direct payments in England and Wales in favour of public goods oriented (England) and sustainability focussed (Wales) policies and the more conservative options under consideration in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It will investigate the issues currently under discussion and consider the implications of diversity and experimentation in policy design and implementation in this post Brexit era.. Full details
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5 February 202015:00

Eating Together: Commensality seen through objects in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

We would like to invite you to join us for the presentation and discussion of food and drink-related objects in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collection. Harry G West (Professor of Anthropology and Convenor of the MA Food Studies at the University of Exeter) will frame the presentation with observations on commensality—the act of coming together to share food and drink. Tony Eccles (Curator of Ethnography at the RAMM) will then present a range of materials, with commentary provided by a number of specialists from the University of Exeter. Full details
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22 January 202010:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Dr. Allan Butler

This seminar explores the implications that the study of complex systems has for economics and policy evaluations. Complex system cut across the social sciences but the focus on economics is particularly interesting as it challenges some of its fundamental assumptions. This in turn can lead to differing approaches to policy evaluation that complements rather than competes with existing models. Therefore, the purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate how complexity thinking can enrich approaches that economists use when evaluating policy. Allan is an experienced economist and researcher. Intellectually, he is interested in understanding how complexity systems function and their influence on economic thought. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Royal Agricultural University, and has previously worked as a researcher fellow at the University of Exeter and Scottish Rural College.. Full details
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15 January 202010:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Dr. Katharina Graf

Hardly a meal is eaten without bread in Morocco. Despite a nutritional transition mirroring the global trend towards more sugar, fat and animal protein, cereals - largely in the form of wheat bread - remain highly valued and the unchallenged staple food of Moroccans. At the same time wheat is politically sensitive, for the legitimacy of the government historically rests on the provision of cheap flour and bread to its urban citizens. In this context, what cereals are eaten and how they are made into bread is meaningful not only culturally, but also economically and politically. To capture the multiple values of bread and to analyze their material and symbolic entanglements, I think of poor and recently urbanized Moroccans as ‘cereal citizens’. I argue that, in selecting cereals and making bread, recently urbanized poor Moroccans craft an ambivalent sense of belonging that celebrates their rural origins while accepting their dependence on cheap, largely imported wheat.. Full details
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4 December 201910:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Prof. Damian Maye

Theme: Living Labs and rural-urban governance.. Full details
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6 November 201910:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Prof. Steffen Boehm

This paper develops a new governance model for restorative and regenerative agri-food economies that balance, economic, social and environmental factors in new ways. Based on a critique of dominant neoliberal and extractivist governance approaches, this paper will make a case for a circular economy that works at a wider regional and landscape scale. Such a new economy is not focused on efficiency and productivity – the main mantras of contemporary agri-food and economic policies – but on effectiveness and resilience. A circular economy is not dependent on endless expansion, i.e. economic growth, but can still provide resilience for people and ecosystems within a degrowth (e.g. Brexit) scenario. Prof. Steffen Boehm is professor of organisation and sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School, UK.. Full details
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9 October 201917:30

Public lecture: Adam Henson

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9 October 201910:30

CRPR Seminar Series: Thomas Vetter - (Un-)learning through new communities of practice

This paper presents a qualitative case study analysis of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, (PFLA) which seeks to ‘kick the grain habit’ in ruminant farming by promoting, certifying and legitimizing purely pasture-fed production systems. Read through a social learning perspective, the paper traces how the PFLA has become established as a new and distinct community of practice. The role that unlearning plays in legitimizing new communities of practice such as the PFLA is highlighted. The PFLA case study informs debates about the potential role that new communities of practice can play in bringing alternative practices, knowledges, and products to peoples’ minds and markets. Thomas Vetter is a PhD candidate at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and was conducting fieldwork in the United Kingdom. His research interest lies in the transformation of agri-food systems and its implications for society, economy, state and the environment. Full details
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2 October 201918:30

Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture will be given by Dr Nicola Beaumont from Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Full details
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12 June 201914:00

The Future of Farming

A seminar exploring UK agriculture at a point where, for the first time in a generation, the future of agriculture is unclear and unfettered by the constraints and incrementalism of the Common Agricultural Policy. Guest speakers Carmen Hubbard (University of Newcastle) and Tom MacMillan (Royal Agricultural University) will be joined by Matt Lobley and Michael Winter from the CRPR to explore the latest research findings in order to discuss the potential impact of Brexit and the future shape of policy. Full details
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5 June 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar: Prof. Paul Young - Rider Haggard, Rural England and the Romance of Frozen Meat

In the latter part of the 19th century, as a result of advances in preservation and transportation technologies that operated in tandem with extensive programmes of overseas pastoralization, Britain’s growing body of meat-eaters were increasingly devouring animals reared and slaughtered in the Americas and Australasia. While this meat was relatively cheap it was also controversial. This paper considers the work of the novelist, landowner and agriculturalist H. Rider Haggard in the context of the dynamic but debated rise of imported meat in late 19th century Britain. My paper will turn to three of Haggard’s most popular adventure stories arguing that they worked to stimulate the expansionist carnivorous culture that gripped Victorian and Edwardian Britain, and that became so foundational to the world-ecological development of meat-eating modernity. Paul Young is Associate Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture in the Department of English, University of Exeter.. Full details
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22 May 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar: Prof. Jesse Richardson - Hillbilly Resurrection: a critical look at socio-political-economic-legal issues in rural America through the lens of Appalachia

Shockwaves resonated throughout much of the United States (and the wider world) upon announcement of the 2016 US presidential election results—Donald Trump had secured a victory. Over half the voters (Hilary Clinton won a majority of the votes) and onlookers wondered despondently, “How did this happen?”. One hypothesis which has given rise to controversy is presented in Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, a New York Times Best Seller, which provided fuel for a debate about the role of the deteriorating white working class in the election and post-industrial American society. Professor Jesse Richardson, Professor of Law at West Virginia University Law School and Lead Land Use Attorney at the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, will provide insights into the socio-political, economic, and legal aspects he encounters through his work in Appalachia that challenge many assumptions about rural America and arguments such as Vance’s.. Full details
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20 March 201910:30

CRPR Seminar Series - Dr David Rose

David will explore how we might do academia differently to enhance the policy impact of our work. He will draw on a report on the role of research in the UK Parliament, co-authored with colleagues at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and UCL STEaPP, which gained insights from 157 MPs, Peers, and staff in Parliament. This report explored how individuals and groups in Parliament use research, and why particular types and sources of research are used more than others. Academic evidence was widely criticised for a number of reasons, including lack of timeliness, accessibility, and relevance, as well as its poor presentation. The talk will assess how academia can change to encourage the production of research which is more likely to influence policy David is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of East Anglia. He currently holds a Research Placement Fellowship at Defra and is seconded to the department for a day per week.. Full details
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20 February 201910:30

CRPR Seminar Series - Dr Rachel Kaleta

Dr. Rachel Kaleta first trained as an ecologist, and went on to gain a Masters and PhD in Ethnobiology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research has focused on the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. She has conducted research on medicinal plant use by snake charmers in India, wild resource use in Morocco, and local food systems in the UK. Rachel’s current research is on socio-ecological food systems in the Tamar Valley. Rachel is a lecturer in Ecology and Ethnobotany at Eden Project Learning.. Full details
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16 January 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

James Whetlor founded Cabrito after keeping a few goats to solve a land management problem. He was cooking at River Cottage at the time and a few of the goats ended up on the menu. After seeing how well the kids sold, James thought perhaps there was a market for kid goat meat. Cabrito was created and has continued to grow a market for kid goat meat. All Cabrito kids are a by-product of the dairy industry and in the past would have been euthanized shortly after birth. In a world of dwindling resources and rising food prices Cabrito believe this cannot be justified. They now have a network of farms producing high quality meat from a previously wasted resource. James’ seminar will reflect on the development of his business and its mission, sharing his thoughts on the production and consumption of goat. Information about James’ book 'Goat' (2018) here: https://cabrito.co.uk/goat-book/. Full details
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5 December 201810:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

Ruth Hancock is a first generation farmer, and is the lead grower at Fresh and Green Vegetables - a medium scale agroecologically run Vegetable Box Scheme in East Devon. She started her agricultural journey after leaving school at seventeen and moving to Devon. Here she gained experience in a wide range of livestock and arable farming, and completed a three year National Diploma in Agriculture, at Bicton College in the early 1990's. Ruth will be sharing her experiences of setting up and running a productive, profitable, but also ecologically and socially conscious business, within the present constraints of the food system. Ruth is also a core group member of The Land Workers Alliance, a union of small scale farmers, that seeks to promote agroecological land use methods and aims to enable more people, from a greater diversity of backgrounds, to have the opportunity of making a living from producing food, fuel and fibre in an ecologically and socially conscious way. This presentation will link the practical and political to illustrate - and illuminate - a positive route forward to making good food and considerate land use an accessible, sustainable reality. Full details
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14 November 201818:30

Can the UK be a world leader? Why a new Environment Act is needed now

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7 November 201810:30

Please come, sit and share my view

Communities in general, and rural communities in particular, punctuate their lives with events that bring people together and celebrate aspects of culture. Rural communities in the United Kingdom (UK) are no exception and there is a heavily populated calendar of rural events, celebrating touchstones such as farming, hunting and horses. Thus there are numerous agricultural shows, game fairs, and horse events such as gymkhanas and horse shows. Research with regard to events such as these has been limited. There is a feeling amongst many people in the rural community that the UK is increasingly dominated by urban, as opposed to rural, concerns and that this cultural influence is changing the nature of many rural events. This paper aims to explore and articulate some of these concerns. In order to do this an autoethnographic approach has been adopted as a method, utilising logocentrism as an ontological lens. I grew up immersed in the culture and traditions of rural England. I was taken hunting and was attending horse and agricultural shows before I could walk. As a young man I worked on farms and helped organise and run rural events. As such I view(ed) the world from a perspective that reflects my cultural upbringing. I find it difficult living in an urban dominated ‘society’ where I consider rural events are increasingly urbanised to a point where the life, past and present, of the countryside becomes a sideshow. This commodification of rural life in the UK is something that has local and also global relevance, though there are ways that event organisers can address some of these concerns. Dr. Sean Beer is a Senior Lecturer in Agriculture at the Faculty of Management, Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University.. Full details
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10 October 201810:30

'Terroir' and the professional, social and cultural world of Burgundy wines

Prof. Demossier’s seminar will discuss the professional, social and cultural world of Burgundy wines. Based on a long-term ethnographic analysis of Burgundian viticulture, she will examine the concept of ‘terroir’ – the place-based construction of particular products – and explore how regions have used heritage and culture as a tool of economic development.. Full details
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4 July 201810:30

Nuffield Farming Lecture 2018

Professor Michael Winter OBE will be presenting the findings of his recent Nuffield-sponsored research on changing food cultures. Full details
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18 June 201818:00

CRPR presents 'In Our Hands'

In Our Hands has been made throughout the tumultuous year of the Brexit referendum as a collaboration between the small scale farmers’ union the Landworkers’ Alliance, and Black Bark films. It has been made to bring people together to think about their food and to bust the myth of the industrial farming system.. Full details
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24 April 201811:30

LEEP-CRPR Seminar: Scope effects and spatial heterogeneity when valuing land use and management in the remote Kimberley region of Australia

Alaya Spencer-Cotton from the University of Western Australia will present the LEEP-CRPR seminar on the 24th of April (11:30am to 12:30pm).. Full details
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20 March 201811:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar Series: Reflections on a Nuffield Farming Scholarship

As part of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship Jonathan Baker visited Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand to explore their agricultural and environmental policies. Jonathan’s seminar will pull out key themes, tools and thoughts from his trip. Full details
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7 March 201817:00

POSTPONED: "Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine" Dr Angela Cassidy (University of Exeter)

TO BE RESCHEDULED. Book Launch event. Egenis, CRPR (Centre for Rural Policy Research) and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health will be co-hosting a book launch event for “Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine: One Health and its Histories” co-authored by Abigail Woods (King’s College London), Michael Bresalier (Swansea University), Angela Cassidy (University of Exeter, CRPR/Egenis) and Rachel Mason Dentinger (University of Utah). Full details
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23 January 201811:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar Series: The politics of enclosure in the New Forest

This seminar will be delivered by Gale Gould, a practising ‘commoner’ on the New Forest and a PhD research student at the University of Southampton. Her doctoral thesis investigates the politics of enclosure in the New Forest during the reign of George III (1760-1820), which was a period when England lost much of its common land under the ‘progress’ of the Agricultural Revolution. Full details
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16 January 201811:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar: Stakeholders' perspectives on species management, prioritising actions to preserve our biodiversity

Hernan Caceres is a Veterinarian and PhD candidate from Chile. He is in his last year of PhD in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at The University of Queensland. His research focus is on species management on island ecosystems. Full details
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11 January 201818:00

NERC Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture

Lecture by Professor Sian Sullivan, University of Bath Spa, followed by a panel Q&A session. For more information and to book your free place, follow the link below.. Full details
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5 December 201711:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar: Fire, tractors and health in the Amazon by Thiago Morello

Fire, tractors and health in the Amazon: a stated preference-based cost-benefit analysis of externality policy. Every year residents of the urban area of Rio Branco, a western Amazon town with 330,000 inhabitants, have their respiratory health threatened by smoke from fires set to prepare land for agriculture. This remains true even with remarkable policy efforts to diffuse fire-free agriculture, monitor fire use and fine non-authorized burnings. The current fire policy is evaluated with a cost-benefit analysis fully based in stated-preference valuation. Potential externality generators (smallholders) and potential victims (urban dwellers) were surveyed with, respectively, discrete choice experiment and contingent valuation methods. An efficiency metric that convoys variance of individual values is proposed and compared to traditional average-based aggregation. Physical impact of pollution in health was estimated with sub-municipal level GIS data for traditional aggregation.. Full details
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1 March 2016

CRPR Discussion series: Dr Gordon Morris

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2 February 201612:00

CRPS Discussion series: Mr Greg Smith

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12 January 201612:00

CRPR Discussion series: Nick Kirsop-Taylor

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1 December 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Dr Rebecca Wheeler, CRPR

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3 November 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Dr Tim Wilkinson, CRPR

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6 October 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Dr Norman Dandy, CRPR

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2 September 201514:00

CRPR discussion series: Dr Anne Cassidy, NUI Galway

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9 June 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Impact of Forest Gardens on Raspberry production in the UK

Emma Pilgrim. Full details
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5 May 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Claire Dunlop title to be confirmed

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7 April 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Knowledge transfer in the agricultural sector

Paul Brassley. Full details
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10 March 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Doing TB Differently: unpacking viewpoints in the badger culling debate'

Clare Saunders & Stephan Price. Full details
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3 March 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Economics and animal health - a NEAT solution

Keith Howe, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter University, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Veterinary College, London University. Full details
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23 February 201515:45

CRPR Discussion series

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3 February 201512:00

CRPR Discussion series: Doing TB Differently: Unpacking viewpoints in the badger culling debate

Clare Saunders & Stephan Price. Full details
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2 December 201412:00

CRPR Discussion series: Duncan Russel and Rose den Uyl

A discussion on the findings so far for the BASE project on climate change adaptation strategies, in particular in the UK, and in 2 case studies, Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon Coast around Dawlish. Full details
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4 November 201412:00

CRPR Discussion series: Matt Lobley and Hannah Chiswell

Report on the impact of the Family Business Growth Programme on family farms in Devon and Somerset, and how the findings of this report could be translated into an academic journal article. Full details
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7 October 201412:00

CRPR Discussion series: Rob Fish and Eirini Saratsi

Experiences and observations with the Naturally Speaking project, which concerns public dialogue on ecosystem services. Full details
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9 September 201412:00

CRPR Discussion series: Cheryl Wills

Upcoming ESRC research proposal on 'The significance of cultural ecosystem services for coastal and marine management'.. Full details
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