Agri-Food Research Network Conference – December 1-5, 2019

This summer, the University of Canterbury (UC) and Lincoln University will play host to the 26th annual Australasian Agri-Food Research Network (AFRN) meeting. The event brings together leading social scientists from New Zealand, Australia and the world who conduct interdisciplinary research on the socio-ecological dynamics of food — from farm production, through local and global commodity chains, to its consumption, including the waste generated. The conference venue usually alternates between Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand universities; plus Indonesia in 2017.

This year’s theme is Re-territorialisation Unleashed. Presentations will examine the continued transformation of global capital and financial networks in agri-food systems, while some will grapple with non-human agency and the moral and economic landscapes of food production. Other topics addressed include consumption (health and nutrition, values and ethics) and food ‘cultures’ across time and space, the ‘mainstream’ food system (supermarkets, banks, brands, and food security policy) and alternative food systems such as organics, urban and local food movements, and fair trade.

Sessions and workshops will include: postcolonial approaches to agri-food, the pursuit of new and improved proteins, the circular economy, regenerative agriculture and a shared responsibility approach to sustainability.

Keynote speakers will address food packaging and indigenous foodways. Professor Emerita Anne Murcott (SOAS Food Studies Centre, London) will address the broad question ‘how did food packaging get this way?’, while Dr John Reid (Ngai Tahu Research Centre) will explore the spaces between indigenous tradition, tribal corporatism, and productivism in relationship to current and future agri-food systems in New Zealand.

A full-day field trip on 1 December will examine the implications of dairy intensification in the Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere catchment. Stops will include on-farm conservation associated with Ngai Tahu and Environment Canterbury co-governance, Lincoln University’s research farms and a local winery. An evening field trip on 2 December will visit Cultivate and Ōtākoro Orchard in the CBD.

As well as full price and student registration, a day registration is also available. A postgraduate day on 5 December, and social events are organised and these will introduce people to the local food scene.

For more information, email or visit our webpage at: for registration information.