SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Workshop Highlights Complexity and Diversity in Food Policy

Last Friday, 25 September, over 30 participants joined a workshop organised by the Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (BSUFN) on Governing Food Policy .

At the workshop, researchers from SPRU, the Institute of Development Studies, and the Department of Social Work presented their research on areas related to food policy. This included ‘quick fire’ presentations on sustainability standards, international agricultural research, seed sovereignty, the role of food industry, economics and innovation, health, local food poverty, and the work of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. Two non-academics also presented their work on local community-based practice in the area of food policy.

Those presenting were:

  • Saurabh Arora, Ruth Segal, Erik Millstone, Peter Senker, and Rachael Taylor (SPRU)
  • Elise Wach (IDS)
  • Bella Wheeler (Dept. of Social Work)
  • Durwin Banks (The Linseed Farm, and Brighton and Hove Food Partnership)
  • Emily O'Brien (Brighton and Hove Food Partnership)

The workshop highlighted the complexity of food policy, and differences in interactions between policy and governance of food within sectors and across scales. During the workshop it was acknowledged that there isn’t a single ‘food policy’. This term in fact relates to numerous policies in various sectors related to food. 

The workshop saw the launch of BSUFN’s special interest group (SIG) on Food Policy and Governance. Members of the SIG and the wider Network will take discussions about food policy forward through additional activities, collaborations, and investigations into societal engagement with food policy. 

A report on the Governing Food Policy Workshop will be made available on the BSUFN website