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Addressing the Meat Problem: What Role for the Social Sciences?

The Sustainable Consumption Institute

Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 12:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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ESRC Festival of ScienceSCIManchester Climate Change AgencyUnivesity of Nottingham

This half-day event aims to brings together academics working on meat-related research with stakeholders engaged with stimulating changes in food consumption in order to exchange knowledge and generate opportunities for future research, using:


• 'Lightening talks’ by academic researchers

• Panel discussion with industry experts

• Participant generated video capturing insights from the event


12.00-1.00 Registration and opportunity for video contributions


1.00-1.10 Introduction and workshop aims

Jo Mylan, University of Manchester & Carol Morris, University of Nottingham


1.10-2.30 Academic lightening-talks

Chair, Mike Goodman, Professor of Environment & Development, University of Reading

Researchers will communicate key insights from their current research in a 5minute presentation.  

  • Judy Swift, University of Nottingham: What has meat ever done for us?
  • Nicklaus Neuman, Upsalla University: Changing role of meat in the British diet
  • Alison Browne, University of Manchester: Meat eating in urban China  
  • Richard Twine, Edge Hill University: Understanding vegan transition
  • Piia Jallinoja, University of Tampere: Building epic veggie eating in a meat-praising culture
  • Jonas House, University of Sheffield: Insects as food
  • Alexandra Sexton, University of Oxford: Is Big Tech the future of meat?
  • Carol Morris, University of Nottingham: Less meat in the media
  • Jo Mylan, University of Manchester: Meat reduction in everyday life  


2.30-3.00 Coffee break and opportunity for video contributions


3.00-4.00 Stakeholder panel: Views from the field

Chair, Carly McLauchlan, Director Tyndall Manchester

  • Jennifer Pardoe: Director, Plant Based 2 Business
  • Angeliki Stogia, Councilor and Head of Manchester Food Board
  • Sarah Pullen, Director of Development, Feel Good Family
  • Peter Harrison, UK Marketing Director, Quorn Foods


4.00-4.15 Break


4.15-5.00 Roundtable discussion: Future research

  • Identifying priorities for research, policy and practice for meat reduction.
  • Highlighting opportunities for collaboration.
  • Drawing out key messages from the day.


5.00 Close and final opportunity for video contributions

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Council Chamber, Sackville Street Building
University of Manchester
Sackville Street
M1 3BB Manchester
United Kingdom

Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 12:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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The Sustainable Consumption Institute

Our mission at the Sustainable Consumption Institute is to bring insight and clarity to a key part of the sustainability challenge: the role of consumption.

We take original insights from the Social Sciences, insights that often challenge orthodox thinking, and subject them to critical empirical scrutiny. This, we believe, is essential for advancing fundamental understandings about processes of consumption and social change. Our approach to research is one that develops novel methodologies for addressing key research questions, including the use of a wide range of data and comparative methodologies that recognise sustainable consumption is an international challenge.

Through an ambitious research programme we tackle head-on the scale and urgency of societal responses required to address sustainability – responses that require collaboration between a wide-range of stakeholders, including businesses and policy-makers, who can both benefit from and contribute to our research.

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