Food for thought
16th February 2012
Exciting new studentship available, Food flows in British Cities.
The School of City and Regional Planning has a President’s Research Scholarship available as part of a Cardiff University scheme promoting excellence and impact of research in all academic disciplines.
CPLAN has invested this highly prestigious PhD scholarship, alongside five others, to strengthen and expand its ongoing and internationally renowned research on Food and Sustainable City-Regions. The scholarships have been devised to support research around one cutting-edge question: what is the role of different actors, governance levels, spatial scales and pro-poor planning strategies in reconnecting cities (physically, economically and socially) with their surrounding countryside?
Food has risen up academic and policy agendas, given its unique role in sustaining human life, its intensive use of natural resources such as land, water and fossil fuel, and its connections with a wide range of urban and regional policy areas (from land-use planning to infrastructure and transport, from environmental conservation to housing and economic development).
At a time when more than half of the world’s population is urbanized, academics and practitioners alike are increasingly calling for research that investigates more sustainable spatial, socio-economic and physical linkages between cities and their rural hinterland.