LiveWell for LIFE was excited to be part of the 4th BSA Food Study Group Conference, Food & Society, which took place on 30 June 2014 at British Library Conference Centre.
The conference brought together researchers, practitioners and policy makers with the aim to explore and showcase the most cutting edge research and practice from within and beyond the sociology of food.
This year’s conference was a packed, high quality programme of papers and a new format in which longer sessions in the morning were followed by intensive and exciting themed Pecha Kucha sessions (each lasting 6 minutes and 40 seconds!) in the afternoon.
In the morning, Susan Machum, Canada Research Chair in Rural Social Justice, presented her paper ‘A Mile Deep and an Inch Wide: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Sustainable Food Systems’. Here, she examines the challenges and opportunities local producers and consumers face as they work towards reversing major food knowledge gaps.
In the afternoon’s Pecha Kucha presentations we heard from Jennie Macdiarmid, Senior Research Fellow University of Aberdeen – Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health – and the co-author of Livewell: a balance of healthy and sustainable food choices (2011) talk about a recent study into public perceptions of the relationship between meat and climate change and people’s willingness or openness to the idea of reducing meat consumption for the sake of the planet.
We also heard what Emma Hinton, Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, had to say about the Carbon Conversations initiative trialled in Cambridgeshire exploring everyday food-related practices in detail.
The final conference session, a symposium on current priorities for social scientists of food included contributions from social policy, sociology and the media and was chaired by Professor Elizabeth Dowler.
BSA’s special guest at the evening Drinks Reception was Amy Godfrey who gave a performance from her ‘Biscuit Chronicles’. Delegates were invited to attend the reception to browse the posters and talk to their presenters and enjoy Amy’s performance.