Food security summer studies in Italy

Food Security and Resilience 

Bolsena, 25 May – 5 June 2020 

Tulane University food security summer studies in Italy

Residential course (graduate, 3 credits) with full board accommodation, domestic transportation, and excursions. Limited places available for non-Tulane participants. Admissions end on 20 March 2020. 

Food and nutrition security through system thinking 

This course will examine the impacts of globalizing food systems on food and nutrition security at local, household, and intra-household levels. This topic is especially relevant now because of the increased policy attention and resources for programming that are focused on promoting improved food security, nutrition and sustainability 

This course will provide students with the analytical skills for identifying the elements of resilient food systems and the outcomes of food and nutrition security access to organizations prominent in international food security policy discussions, and a backaround in readings relative to this debate.

Specifically, the course analyzes global economic and political dynamics that continue to transform modern food systems and food habits. Stresses and strains that increasingly threaten the resilience of food systems such as climate change, transboundary pests and disease, price volatility and resource competition are identified and discussed.

Industrialized food systems are compared with each other as well as other food systems found around the world in order to explore the structures and relationships that produce resilience or system fragility. Throughout the course, special attention is given to the role of gender in policy, nutrition standards, and historical gender roles vis-à-vis food system resilience and food programs that allest lood and nutrition relations to nutritional outcomes. 

Field visits and case studies

The course is based in Italy, since the Rome-based food agencies of the United Nations provide an unparalleled opportunity for Students to meet and learn from the professionals who research, create normative guidance, and design and evaluate food programs that affect food and nutrition security throughout the world. The course will include thematic visits to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Bioversity International, and the European Food Safety Agency. Speakers from other organizations (the United Nations World Food Programme, the University of Tuscia, and additional international non-governmental organizations will give lectures at the Bolsena Campus.

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Two new publications from CERN

The Community Economies Research Network (CERN) have published two new books:

  • Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD*, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content.

    Online: More info is here: and the book is for sale here:

    *BFAMFAPhD is a collective that formed in 2012 to make art, reports, and teaching tools to advocate for cultural equity in the United States. The work of the collective is to bring people together to analyze and reimagine relationships of power in the arts. BFAMFAPhD core members are: Susan Jahoda, Emilio Martínez Poppe, Agnes Szanyi, Emily Tareila, Vicky Virgin, and Caroline Woolard.


WEGO in Action in India

Prof Wendy Harcourt, WEGO project coordinator will be travelling to India to give lectures as part of WEGO-ITN initiative.

Prof Harcourt will be giving a lecture on
“Rethinking life-in-common in the Australian landscape”
on Friday, 7 February from 16 to 18 hrs at IGCS Seminar Hall, 4th floor, Biotechnology Building 2, Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences, Indian Institute Of Technology.

The paper reflects on the shifts in Wendy’s personal and political lifeworld across time and space by sharing a story of changing awareness about ‘life-in-common’ in the Australian landscape; a landscape that is marked by historical, ecological and resource struggle and injustice. Her commentary takes up the rethinking of ‘life-in-common’ as part of the search for alternatives to capitalism and a way to overcome socio-ecological crises which pays attention to the deep connections of nature and culture. Wendy reflects on what a ‘life-in-common’ means as an Australian born feminist political ecologist wishing to understand how to address the erasures and violence that mark the Australian landscape.

applying a gender lens to the environment in the everyday

On Wednesday, 5th of February, Prof Wendy Harcourt gave a lecture on
“Applying a gender lens to the environment in the everyday”
at the Women’s Studies Centre and the Department of Sociology of Savitribai Phule Pune University, from 14.00 to 16.00 pm hosted by Dr. Swati Dehadroy and Dr. Anagha Tambe from the Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre and Dr. Shruti Tambe and Prof Hemant Chouhan from the Department of Sociology.

Images from Wednesday

How are communities responding to climate crisis, and what can we learn from them?

WEGO coordinator Wendy Harcourt  was interviewed by Erasmus University Rotterdam. Read the full interview.

“We are looking at how communities are responding to climate crisis in order to understand how to link this to a global understanding of resilience”


POLLEN conference on contested natures: power, possibility, prefiguration

WEGO has submitted proposals for The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN 20) taking place from 24 – 26 June 2020 in Brighton, UK.

The conference theme is Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration

News from CERN: community economies website

Jenny Cameron of Community Economies Research Network (CERN) shared the following news:

A small group have been working on the Community Economies Website – it’s a labour of love done in our spare time.

This website serves a number of functions and one of these is to share 
news and information about community economies activity. To do this the 
latest news is featured on the home page (see and then all news items are in the 
News section (see

We’re still fine-tuning a few things (e.g. making it clear in the News 
section that there is more than what you see and that you need to click 
on each story to read the full item; and we’re working on the images 
that go with each story).

To test our capacity to run regular news items we’ve focused on the 
activities of the core members of the Community Economies Institute 
(these are the people listed on the People page of the website).

But we’re now ready to run more news items (ideally a new story each 
week), and we’d like to include news about the community economies 
activity of CERN members. This might be information about teaching 
community economies, an update on a community economies research 
project, a community economies workshop or opening. If you look at the 
News section you’ll get an idea about the types of activities that are 
being featured.

All you need to do is email with 
some brief information (and perhaps a link to a website) and an image 
idea (could be a photo or you’ll see we sometimes grab an image from a 
document). Jenny will put the story together and run it by you before 
adding it to the Home page.

Look forward to hearing from CERN members and sharing more information 
about what we’re all “up to”.

Jenny Cameron

JPS workshop in critical agrarian studies and scholar-activism 2020

Journal of Peasant Studies 2nd Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2020

Call for Applications

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (PLAAS), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), and the Global South Young Critical Agrarian Studies Scholars (the emerging association of graduates of this annual writeshop) are jointly organising the Second JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers (up to 5 years from PhD completion) who are based in, or are originally from, the Global South.

The JPS-COHD-PLAAS-YARA-FAC Writeshop aims to improve young researchers’ strategic knowledge about and practical skills on matters related to international journal publication and impact (including choosing journals; building ideas about and framing/writing journal manuscripts, and overall preparation and submission of journal manuscripts; dealing with peer review reports, and so on). It will include sessions on key debates and literature in critical agrarian studies, and concepts in and practice of scholar-activism. The 7-day Writeshop-Workshop will include peer review discussions on participants’ draft journal manuscripts.

After the workshop, participants will be in a better position to frame their work in relation to critical agrarian studies and to think about international journal publications in the long-term, and finalise journal manuscripts in the short term. They will also benefit from being part of an emerging community of young researchers working in critical agrarian studies from a scholar-activist tradition. Several participants would be be invited to submit manuscripts to JPS, and encouraged to submit to other major international journals.

We are looking at a maximum of 30-40 workshop participants. We will  provide full fellowships (travel and accommodation financial support) for up to 20 researchers. We also encourage externally funded participants. Successful applicants must circulate a draft manuscript (based on their accepted abstract) of 8,000-10,000 words in advance of the Writeshop-Workshop.

For applications, please submit the following in one Word file:
(1) An abstract of 500 words, related to critical agrarian studies (see JPS aims and scope)
(2) A short bio of 250 words
(3) Names and contact information of 2 academic references

Please send your application to:

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Application results to be announced on 15 March 2020.

Those selected are invited to submit a full draft manuscript of 8,000–10,000 words. This is due on 31 May 2020.

Writeshop-Workshop date: 25-31 July 2020

Venue: COHD, China Agricultural University, Beijing

After last year’s writeshop, the attendees formed the Global South Young Critical Agrarian Scholars and drafted “Towards a solidarity-based network of agrarian studies global-south scholars: A manifesto”.

See also the JPS Resource Centre

For further queries, please contact:
Jun Borras, JPS Editor:
Ruth Hall, JPS Editorial Collective member:
Chunyu Wang, COHD, Beijing:
Cyriaque Hakizimana, YARA (Young African Researchers in Agriculture):

For regular updates on this, follow JPS on: Twitter and Facebook


Jun Borras
(2020) Right-wing populism
(2020) Converging social justice issues & movements
(2019) Transnational Land Investment Web
(2019) Climate change & land grabs

PhD course on degrowth in Europe: foundations in theory and pathways to practice

The course, which takes place from 11-15 May 2020, will be convened by the Department of Food and Resource Economics of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

It will engage in the ‘degrowth’ / ‘postgrowth’ discourse through the perspectives of the complementary and established traditions of

  • political ecology,
  • feminist scholarship,
  • ecological economics.

The course will survey theoretical contributions to degrowth from various schools of thought, while emphasizing praxis in multiple social spheres and similarly, scholar-activism. The course unfolds within a frame of Degrowth in Europe, emphasizing what European peoples and states can and must do, starting within our own region.

Expected learning outcomes

The course aims to enable and advance critical engagement with degrowth scholarship and praxis. Learning outcomes include:
1. Knowledge of key arguments and areas of consensus within degrowth studies from the perspective of academic traditions of Political Ecology, Feminist scholarship, and Ecological Economics.
2. Analytical and evaluative skill development in relation to research within the field of degrowth studies, drawing on academic traditions of Ecological Economics, Political Ecology and Feminist scholarship.
3. Competence to critically discuss current and imagine new policies and practices.

Dates and application deadline

The course will take place from 11-15 May 2020.
The application deadline is 1 February 2020.

View the full course description.