Sustainability and Circular Economy research cluster

'Food and agricultural systems and supply chains' theme

The physical and economic access to adequate food and drink, or means for its procurement, is universally regarded as a human right. Yet food insecurity remains a worldwide problem, with even the richest countries seeing a rise in the use of food banks. At the same time, the food and agriculture industry is responsible for enormous environmental impacts including use of land, water, energy and raw materials, toxic emissions, with often vast waste implications. In the face of constant downward pressure on food prices, the true costs of food production is often externalised at the expense of both planet and people. Put simply, this theme explores how we can create sustainable food systems and supply chains. This includes explorations of agroecological business alternatives, community food projects and alternative food governance systems.

Selected publications

  • Bailey, A.R. 2011. ‘Regulating the supermarket in 1960s Britain: exploring the changing relationship of food manufacturers and retailers through the Cadbury archive’ Business Archives, 103 (November) 1-24.
  • Boehm, S., Misoczky, M. C., Watson, D. and Lanka, S. (forthcoming) ‘Alternatives to Green Growth? Possibilities and contradictions of self-managed food production’, in Dale, G., Mathai, M. V. and Puppim de Oliveira, J. A. (eds.) Green Growth: Political Ideology, Political Economy and Policy Alternatives. Zed Books.
  • Brei, V. and Boehm, S., (2014) ‘‘1L=10L for Africa’: Corporate social responsibility and the transformation of bottled water into a ‘consumer activist’ commodity’, Discourse and Society, 25(1): 3-31. (IF 1.41).
  • Eatherley, D.M.R., 2016. Roadmap 2050 FEVIA: Technologies to reduce Carbon Emissions in the food and drink industry. A report for ICEDD (Institut de Conseil et d'Etudes en Développement Durable) written by Oakdene Hollins, January 2015.
  • Gosling, J., Jia, F., Gong, Y. and Brown, S. (2016 forthcoming). “The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: Toward an integrated framework”. Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Jia, F., Wang, X., Mustafee, N. and Hao, L. 2016. Investigating the Feasibility of Supply Chaincentric Business Models in 3D Chocolate Printing: A Simulation Study. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 102. January 2016, pp. 202-213.
  • Parfitt, J., Hawkins, R. and Eatherley, D.M.R., 2013. Waste in the cost sector of the UK hospitality and food service industry. A report for WRAP written by Oakdene Hollins, March 2013.