A safe and just transition: exploring the potential for circular food economies

Wednesday 22 June 2022
12:00pm - 12:40pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) is delighted to invite you to join our June 2022 webinar ‘A safe and just transition: exploring the potential for circular food economies’.

Drawing on collaborative research in West Yorkshire involving Huddersfield and Leeds universities via the Yorkshire Circular Lab, this webinar explores the changing dynamics of local and regional food systems in line with the emergence of circular economy as a national policy framework.

Focussed on the potential of bringing diverse and competing understandings of circularity together in city-regions, the talk provides insights into the social, economic and environmental benefits to be derived by viewing city-regions as composite units of analysis and intervention for new regional development models.


The webinar will start with a welcome and introductions from the Chair, followed by a 20-minute webinar presented by Dr John Lever, and 10 minutes for Q&A.

Dr Lever is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and latterly management. Before moving to the University of Huddersfield, he worked in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University and for Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol. Throughout this period, Dr Lever's research interests revolved around 'sustainable communities' and 'sustainable food systems'.

His current research interests revolve around sustainable food systems and religious food markets. The question driving much of his research is: What can food tell us about people, place and politics?

Read more information on Dr John Lever's research and a recent food system transformation publication on which the talk draws.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Anne Velenturf, University of Leeds.


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