Professor Jason Tylianakis appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050

Tēnā koutou, 

In August 2020, a regional strategic partnership was established between the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and AgResearch.

The result was a new postgraduate school focusing on food sustainability, tentatively titled Food Transitions 2050dedicated to supporting the transition of our regional, national and international food systems – the first for postgraduate research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A range of significant milestones have been achieved since then, and I want to provide an update on some key developments on behalf of the Food Transitions 2050 Working Group.

Leadership
I am pleased to announce that Professor Jason Tylianakis has been appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050 for 2021, to progress development in the next stage.

Jason is an award-winning Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, with particular expertise in biodiversity and sustainable production systems.

PhD projects update
There was a very strong response to the call for project proposals last August, with a total of 57 proposals for the pool of 15 scholarships available at the two universities. The successful projects can be found from the Food Transitions 2050 website

Call for project proposals for the 2022 cohort
A call for project proposals for the next round is expected in the middle of this year, and we are in discussions about a series of externally funded scholarships that have been attracted by the themes of the Food Transitions 2050 initiative.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Professor Tylianakis, directly.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Wendy Lawson
Amorangi Pūtaiao | Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science