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Vulnerability of the UK’s food supply chains exposed by COVID-19, study reveals

4 June 2020 / Eric Swales

The UK has been left “dangerously dependent” on just two EU countries for its fresh vegetable imports, a new study on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK food system has revealed. https://www.nature.com/articles/s43016-020-0097-7 The study, published in Nature Food, also reveals that insufficient capacity in domestic food production, just-in-time supply chains and Brexit-related […]

COVID-19 is a reminder of how deeply the UK’s food security is dependent on the EU

28 May 2020 / Eric Swales

New LSE Brexit blog post by Tony Heron. Prior to and since the June 2016 referendum, the politics of Brexit has been accompanied by two recurrent (and seemingly contradictory) narratives: first, the narrative of Brexit as ‘taking back control’ for those voters ‘left behind’ by the twin forces of globalisation and multiculturalism; and second, the […]

Prof Doherty to give evidence to International Trade Committee examining impact of COVID-19 on UK food supplies

29 April 2020 / IKnowFood

Prof Bob Doherty will be providing virtual evidence to the International Trade Committee, from 14.30 on Thursday 30 April. The inquiry will continue to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this session will be looking at the global trade in agri-food and the  impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK food supplies. Background According […]

New paper explores how Covid 19 has exposed inequalities in the food system

16 April 2020 / IKnowFood

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the profound insecurity of large segments of the UK population; increased unemployment, reduced hours, and enforced self-isolation for multiple vulnerable groups is likely to lead to an increase in UK food insecurity, exacerbating diet-related health inequalities. The social and economic crisis associated with the pandemic has exposed the fragility of […]

New Chapter on Strategic Managament Tensions in Hybrid Organisations Published

27 February 2020 / IKnowFood

IKnowFood’s PI  Professor Bob Doherty, along with Dr Helen Haugh (Cambridge Judge Business School) and Prof Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University) have contributed a chapter on Strategic Management Tension in Hybrid Organisations included in the Handbook on Hybrid Organisation, published on 28 February 2020. The pursuit of commercial, social and environmental goals makes social enterprise hybrids […]

Prof Tony Heron Appointed Parliamentary Academic Fellow

20 February 2020 / IKnowFood

We are delighted to announce that Professor Tony Heron, Co-Investigator of our Supply Chain Research Theme, has been appointed as Parliamentary Academic Fellow at the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee. For the next two years, Professor Heron will spend two days per week working in Parliament with the International Trade Select Committee. The […]

Prof Doherty Attends UNCTAD Event in Geneva

23 January 2020 / IKnowFood

Professor Bob Doherty attended an UNCTAD event in Geneva, on 22 January, where he launched the WFTO report  “Creating the New Economy: Business models that put people and planet first”. Trade tensions have highlighted the importance of fair trade considerations and how the benefits of global value chains are shared. The event was titled “Value […]

New report on alternatives to profit-primacy business models

22 January 2020 / IKnowFood

Today, 22 January, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) launch a major new report on mission-primacy business models, the alternative to profit-primacy models, which attempts to capture the hope and opportunity that is already emerging. Here’s a short video summarising it: The report “Creating the New Economy: Business models that put people and planet first” […]

“Why some people are being put off food banks” The Conversation

11 December 2019 / IKnowFood

Dr Madeleine Power and Dr Katie Pybus have had an article published in The Conversation titled ‘Why some people are being put off food banks‘, written in response to the Trussell Trust recently released State of Hunger report. Whilst welcoming the clear links drawn between food insecurity and the welfare state, they highlight some important […]

York Citizens Food Assembly Policy Brief

11 December 2019 / IKnowFood

On the 8 November IKnowFood, in collaboration with the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI), held a York Citizen Food Assembly. This was funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the Festival of Social Science. The York Citizen Food Assembly was designed to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the […]