Call for papers: The Future of Food Symposium 2021: From Recovery to Resilience - Online - 8th and 9th September 2021

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Jordon Lazell

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The Future of Food Symposium 2021: From Recovery to Resilience will take place, online, on the 8th and 9th of September 2021 

We invite you to submit a one page abstract to 


Call for papers: 

The Future of Food Symposium: From Recovery to Resilience 

Hosted by the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, UK 

 8th and 9th of September 2021

 Register for free here


Current levels of global consumption and production are unsustainable and require transformative change to meet the emission reductions required to avoid catastrophic climate change (Alfredsson et al., 2018). Food remains a topic at the centre of this sustainable transition with its future critical to the livelihood and wellbeing of both people and planet. The wide reaching impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has reframed such challenges. Bringing to light both unforeseen problems and at the same time exacerbating existing issues. Insight into the disruption of the pandemic is increasingly being shared by academics and practitioners. We propose this symposium as an opportunity to better understand not only the road to recovery towards a more sustainable food system, but also as a space to discuss, depict and devise what a more resilient transition pathway looks like. 

 We invite stakeholders across business and society to present, discuss and collaborate in moving forward the sustainable food agenda. Paper presentations and panel discussions will be given by leading thinkers within academia, industry, the charitable sector and grassroots movements to prompt valuable discussion. We invite presenters and participants to join virtually. 

 We welcome submission of abstracts (1 page) from a variety of disciplinary and organisational backgrounds.  6 tracks of topic areas are proposed and detailed below. We are also open to submissions outside these areas. 

Tracks A to F of suggested topic areas (further details provided through the website links): 

A- The evolving crisis of food waste from farm to fork 

B- The challenges and solutions to food insecurity and food poverty 

C- Digital platforms as sustainable food solutions 

D- Alternative experiences of producing, consuming and eating 

E- Sustainable sourcing and ethical food consumption 

F- Decision making in Food Supply Chains: Transitioning to a circular economy 


Symposium opening speech by Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South 

Key note speakers include: 

- Professor Suzanne Higgs, University of Birmingham, UK 

- Jamie Crummie, Co-founder of Too Good To Go 

- Professor Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University, UK 

- Simone Connolly, Fareshare Midlands 

- Professor Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin 


The symposium will also feature three panel debates on timely topics by leading figures, these include: 

Mandatory Food Waste Reporting for Businesses panel: Opportunities, Challenges and ImplicationsSpeakers: Carrie Bradsaw, University of Leeds, UK; Francesca Goodman-Smith, Fight Food Waste CRC, Australia; Martin Bowman-Senior Policy & Campaigns Manager at Feedback, UK. 

 - What enabled and constrained community food groups during the Pandemic? A panel debate to find learning pointsSpeakers: Louise Delmege, National Food Service, Bristol, UK; Hannah Gallimore, Central England Coop; Megan Blake, Sheffield University, UK; Helen Needham, Foleshill Community Centre, Coventry, UK. 

 - Logos and logistics: The challenges and opportunities of certifying food production to promote sustainable consumptionSpeakers: Professor Alex Hughes, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, UK; Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive of The British Poultry Council, UK; Professor Valerie Nelson, Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich; Kobus Piennar, Technical Manager for Food Security at Woolworths, South Africa. 


Submission process and deadline: 

The deadline for abstract submissions (1 page only) is the 16th of August 

Please submit to Successful applicants will be invited to give a 15 minute presentation with time for questions. 

 Symposium format 

The Future of Food Symposium 2021 will be delivered as an online event and is free of charge to both presenters and participants.  

 More information can be found on the website -  


Dr. Jordon Lazell, PhD MSc BA | Research Assistant|  FBL, Centre for Business in Society

Coventry University, Jaguar Building, Gosford Street, COVENTRY, CV1 5DL, UK

E: |  Twitter: @jlazell | Tel: +44 7912327122

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