Community Food Links: exploring options for collaborations

‘Community Food Links: exploring options for collaborations’, is run by the Brighton-Sussex Food Research Network (BSFRN) in co-operation with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.  Date and time below.
Date: Monday, 15th April 2013
Time: 09:30 16:00
To register, please click here. The organizers would like to ensure a broad range of participants from different types of organisations can attend, so will confirm places via email.
The event format is a one day workshop that will be attended by academics, activist organisations, community groups and food businesses that are primarily based in and around Brighton/Sussex. It includes a complementary local, seasonal and ethically sourced lunch.
What can you expect from the event?
  • If you are a food organisation (whether community-led, social enterprise, business, charity, etc.), explore research that could benefit your work, identify opportunities for future collaborations, and work with researchers to drive positive social change.
  • If you are a researcher, explore how to improve your research impact, network and develop partnerships with practitioner organisations, and design research that has a social purpose and can deliver real change.

Food in Transition: Call for Workshop Participants


A collaborative workshop of the Transition Research Network, Essex Sustainability Institute, Participatory and Rural Geographies Research Groups.

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, Essex 

Wed 6th Feb 2013, 12 noon – 6pm (followed by dinner) 

Are you:

  • Working or seeking to work, on local food initiatives where you live?
  • A grower or producer who supplies, or would like to supply locally, and support the work of community food initiatives?
  • Involved in academic research on local food systems, and seeking to maximise its practical value by collaborating directly with community groups, growers and producers?

If so, please join us and help develop a new agenda for local food practice, research and policy. We will use inclusive facilitation techniques to ensure the meeting is dynamic and makes the most of what all participants have to offer. The event is open to everyone interested in contributing to this theme. Attendance is free but by registration only. Travel and accommodation support is are available and will be allocated based on income and a simple email application.

Please spread the word, and feel free to circulate the attached flier.

For registration and bursary applications: Send an email to Prof. Steffen Boehm (steffen at by 21st December 2012 with:

  • Your name and location
  • The name of the initiative you wish to represent (where relevant)
  • A few lines to tell us about your key relevant experience and why you wish to attend
  • An indication of whether you would like to apply for a travel bursary to enable you to attend.

We will then get back to you with a link to our registration page. The deadline for registration is 14th January 2012. 

The Transition Research Network is a self-organising group of academics and community activists. See:

Download Call-for-participants-Food-in-Transition2.pdf

Seminar: The World Land Trust: International conservation and the human element

The Essex Sustainability Institute  is hosting  a new seminar series, Sustainability Contested, at the Wivenhoe Park campus. The seminars are open to staff, students and members of the public.

All are welcome, and attendance is free! Please spread the word! If you would like to meet the speakers on the day, please email Zareen Bharucha, at zpbhar (at) More on our next seminar below.

Title: The World Land Trust: International conservation and the human element

13th of November 2012, Room 5N.3.2, 12:30 – 14:00 (bring your lunch) 

John has more than 30 years’ experience working in international conservation and started the World Land Trust ( in 1989. You can read more about John here.

John will discuss the way World Land Trust works with its overseas conservation project partners; specifically focussing on the way that, by working with local people, WLT ensures the long term continuity and sustainability of a conservation project.


Upcoming Event: New Knowledge for Resilient Futures

TRN Plymouth Feb 2012

See the attached for details of the second meeting of the Transition Research Network, to be held on the 29th of February 2012, at the Transition Hub, Armada Way, Plymouth.

To book a place, please go to:

The event is free to attend, and open to all interested. For more details, please contact Tom Henfrey (t.w.henfry at or Michelle Bastian (michelle.bastian at