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Videoconference Workshop | Restoring food to the heart of the community: Experiences from the Cork Food Policy Council’


Videoconference Workshop Facilitated by Dr Colin Sage

Start Date

24 Apr 2018 12:00 pm

End Date

24 Apr 2018 2:00 pm


Hobart: Centenary Building, Room 473, Sandy Bay campus, Launceston: Arts Building, Room L172, Newnham and Burnie: Cradle Coast Campus Building, Room B159

The central idea of food policy councils – and similar initiatives that might call themselves ‘partner-ships’, ‘networks’, or ‘strategies’ – is that they bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from across the local food system: producers, retailers, food service interests, community and voluntary organisations, and representatives from municipal bodies. Such individuals should be willing to share in a vision for a different food system marked by social justice and better access to good food for all, as well as by principles of sustainability, social inclusion and well-being. Although this pro-vides a broad platform around which to organise there is no singular blueprint for developing a FPC and each should build upon existing groups and strengths, harnessing their momentum in helping to shape a policy agenda for change. Above all, the merit of FPCs lies in their ability to be locally relevant and to advocate for new practices that will help establish a more sustainable, healthier and socially-inclusive food system in the interests of all. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences around local food initiatives and in this respect I will speak about the formation and development of the Cork Food Policy Council which has been in existence for five years. Further information is available here:


  • Hobart:           Centenary Building, Room 473, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay
  • Launceston:  Arts Building, Room L172, University of Tasmania, Newnham 
  • Burnie:           Cradle Coast Campus Building, Room B159 

Colin Sage (PhD 1990 Durham) is Senior Lecturer in Geography at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland and currently Visiting Scholar in the School of Social Sciences at Sandy Bay. His research interests centre upon food systems and their interconnections with environment and human health; and the role of civic initiatives in policy advocacy for social change. He is the author of Environment and Food (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of three books including Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics (Routledge 2014). He is Visiting Professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Turin, and at the American University of Rome; and is Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council which he helped create in 2013.


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