Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)
Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 15th October 2020
Interview dates: Interview date in early August will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: January 2021
To find out more about the project, please contact Dr. Chiara Tornaghi.
Covid-19 has exacerbated problems related to the current unjust and unsustainable food systems, with millions of people going hungry, and farmers struggling to recruit farmworkers to work in the fields. The crisis has revealed the structural problems of a food system which reflects social inequalities and the marginalisation of the fundamental ecological basis of our nature as humans. The unfolding of the pandemic has seen a proliferation of community-run food support initiatives, some based on solidarity cooking, and a wider use of food discarded by the mainstream retail sector as ‘surplus’. While the use of food ‘surplus’ is commendable in providing for the vulnerable in emergency situations in the short term, the normalisation of the existence of food surplus and food waste sold or distributed as ‘cheap food’ overlooks a problematic reality: that food surplus exists because a powerful retail sector ‘extracts’ agricultural products with exploitative farm prices at the expense of dignified livelihoods for farm workers.
This project focusses on how to turn the energy, sensitivity and organisational capacity of grassroots communities currently engaged in community kitchens into building blocks of new community-based food systems, where the production of food is rooted in broader networks of soil carers and agroecological food producers in urban and peri-urban contexts.
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
To find out more about the project, please contact Dr. Chiara Tornaghi.Continue reading
|Title||Moving beyond food waste-based solidarity kitchens in time of crisis: the role of agroecology-based community kitchens in building community resourcefulness|
|Job location||Priory Street Coventry, CV15FB|
|Published||July 17, 2020|
|Application deadline||October 15, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Environmental Science,   Agronomy,   Materials Chemistry,   Food Science,   Agricultural Economics,   Environmental Chemistry,   Resource Economics,   Food Economics  |