AAG 2016 Call for papers – Food waste scholarship: Recent advances and perspectives from a fragmented field of study

The International Food Loss and Food Waste Studies group are organising a further session focused around food waste research at the 2016 Association of American Geographers conference, 29th March to the 2nd of April in Sanfrancisco, CA.

We welcome all contributions that touch centrally or tangentially on food waste through (but not limited to): – Consumption – Waste management – Prevention and/or reduction – Gender – Environment – Discourse – Materiality – Social justice – International development – Policy – Food systems – Other

Interested speakers should contact Isabel Urrutia at isabel.urrutiaschroeder@mail.utoronto.ca for questions or submissions. Submissions should include your AAG pin number and abstract. Please include use “AAG Food Waste” as the subject line of your email.


Session abstract: Food waste scholarship: Recent advances and perspectives from a fragmented field of study

As a relatively new field of study, food waste has seen engagement from a plethora of fields across multiple scales, and locations from differing perspectives. Its interaction between food studies, discard studies, and food security is one that reflects the increasing concern for the environmental impact of food waste and mitigation techniques that extend from preventative behaviour change to waste material maximization. At the same time, at the household level, studies have begun to address the the complex ways in which consumption and food waste interact with identity, care, and food safety. This session seeks to explore the study of food waste across such diverging perspectives of the local and global, farm to household, quantitative and qualitative, sociological to managerial, agentive and structural, prevention and reduction, etc.

Organised by the International Food Loss and Food Waste Study Group, this session will: 1) Provide a forum for food waste scholars to share their work, and 2) Create a space to begin a conversation between these varying perspectives on food waste.