Food, Space and Society (MSc) will prepare you to pursue an academic career in food studies; enhancing the skills of those already working in the sector and developing prospective practitioners and policy-makers to understand more deeply the interplay between food security, justice and sustainability. The course is specifically aimed at those wishing to gain expertise in contemporary food geographies.
You will gain insights into the ways in which food-related problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and practical solutions to the challenges that an increasingly complex food system is raising for governments, researchers and regulatory bodies.
The course links together theoretical debates about food at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. Based on your detailed knowledge of key tensions and debates related to food security, justice and sustainability, you will be able to develop suitable approaches to analysing and explaining trends and developments as well as to discuss appropriate policy responses.
The course addresses three key dimensions:
• Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable food systems;
• Comparative case studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of food sustainability, justice and security issues in different geographic and governance contexts;
• Research training - the development of methodological skills for undertaking both independent and team-based research on food.
The course can be completed in one year by full-time study or in two years by part-time study.
The course is divided into two parts:
Part one comprises a teaching programme of six core modules over two semesters for full-time study or four semesters for the part-time course.
Part two comprises an individual dissertation on a topic selected in consultation with members of staff. Whilst there are few constraints on the choice of topic, it must address the core course themes of food security, sustainability and justice.
Sustainable Food Systems
Food Security and Justice
Geographies of Food Governance
Environmental Policy and Climate Change
Urban and Regional Dynamics
Renewable Energy Development and Planning
Principles and Practices of Environmental Governance
The programme offers the knowledge and expertise for developing a research career or taking advantage of the increasing professionalisation of food-related jobs in the private and public sectors, including: government departments and environmental agencies; the business sector; consultancies, NGOs and advocacy groups.