Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF)
The Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) carries out world-class research into food geographies - with a special attention for the role of cities and regions.
It builds on the interdisciplinary expertise of our long–established food research community at the School of Geography and Planning and Sustainable Places Research Institute to promote research, teaching and post-graduate training in the area of sustainable urban and regional food systems.
- To design and take forward interdisciplinary and path-breaking research on urban and regional food systems.
- To provide a focus for the School’s already extensive policy, advisory and stakeholder engagement activities from global (FAO, European Commission, WFP and UN-HABITAT) to national/local (DEFRA, Scottish and Welsh Government) work.
- To disseminate research that contributes to meet today’s grand challenges about food security, sustainability and justice.
- To support the training, career development and funding of researchers working on sustainable food systems.
We aim to be an international reference point for academic research on (and positive political/practical action for) food and urban and regional development. We integrate and generate new research on governance, development and policy strategies relating to food sustainability, security and justice in both developed and developing countries.
Specifically, our current work focuses on:
- The opportunities for (and barriers to) to food security and sustainability.
- The implications of food policies on the spatial and socio-economic relationships between different actors in the food system and between rural and urban areas.
- The development effects of strategies that address the welfare and health needs of the human and animal population.
Our staff also have expertise and research interests in the relationship between conventional and alternative food networks, food consumption practices, the interplay between global and local food systems, community food growing, food policy and governance, public food procurement, food justice, animal geographies, and the community food sector.
- Cloke, P. , May, J. and Williams, A. 2017. The geographies of food banks in the meantime. Progress in Human Geography 41 (6), pp.703-726. (10.1177/0309132516655881)
- Moragues Faus, A. and Marsden, T. 2017. The political ecology of food:carving 'spaces of possibility' in a new research agenda. Journal of Rural Studies 55 , pp.275-288. (10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.08.016)
- Colebrooke, L. and Miele, M. 2017. Eating art and the art of eating: unsettling the practices of taste. Performance Research 22 (7), pp.102-108. (10.1080/13528165.2017.1353203)
- Moragues Faus, A. , Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T. K. 2017. Exploring European food system vulnerabilities: towards integrated food security governance. Environmental Science and Policy 75 , pp.184-215. (10.1016/j.envsci.2017.05.015)
- Moragues Faus, A. 2017. Problematising justice definitions in public food security debates: towards global and participative food justices. Geoforum 84 , pp.95-106. (10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.06.007)
- Ioris, A. A. R. 2017. Encroachment and entrenchment of agro-neoliberalism in the Centre- West of Brazil. Journal of Rural Studies 51 , pp.15-27. (10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.011)
- Lever, J. and Milbourne, P. 2017. The structural invisibility of outsiders: the role of migrant labour in the meat-processing industry. Sociology 51 (2), pp.306-322. (10.1177/0038038515616354)
- Sanderson Bellamy, A. and Ioris, A. A. R. 2017. Addressing the knowledge gaps in agroecology and identifying guiding principles for transforming conventional agri-food systems. Sustainability 9 (3) 330. (10.3390/su9030330)
- Williams, A. et al. 2016. Contested space: the contradictory political dynamics of food banking in the UK. Environment and Planning A 48 (11), pp.2291-2316. (10.1177/0308518X16658292)
- Marsden, T. K. 2016. Exploring the rural eco-economy: beyond neoliberalism. Sociologia Ruralis 56 (4), pp.597-615. (10.1111/soru.12139)
- Sonnino, R. , Marsden, T. K. and Moragues Faus, A. 2016. Relationalities and convergences in food security narratives: towards a place based approach. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 41 (4), pp.477-489. (10.1111/tran.12137)
- Sonnino, R. and Hanmer, O. 2016. Beyond food provision: understanding community growing in the context of food poverty. Geoforum 74 , pp.213-221. (10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.06.011)
- Sonnino, R. 2016. The new geography of food security: exploring the potential of urban food strategies. The Geographical Journal 182 (2), pp.190-200. (10.1111/geoj.12129)
- Blay-Palmer, A. , Sonnino, R. and Custot, J. 2016. A food politics of the possible? Growing sustainable food systems through networks of knowledge. Agriculture and Human Values 33 (1), pp.27-43. (10.1007/s10460-015-9592-0)
- Smith, J. et al., 2016. Balancing competing policy demands: the case of sustainable public sector food procurement. Journal of Cleaner Production 112 (1), pp.249-256. (10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.065)
- Moragues Faus, A. and Morgan, K. J. 2015. Reframing the foodscape: the emergent world of urban food policy. Environment and Planning A 47 (7), pp.1558-1573. (10.1177/0308518X15595754)
- Morgan, K. J. 2015. Nourishing the city: the rise of the urban food question in the global north. Urban Studies 52 (8), pp.1379-1394. (10.1177/0042098014534902)
- Morgan, K. J. 2014. The politics of the public plate. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 21 (3), pp.253-260.
- Marsden, T. K. and Franklin, A. 2013. Replacing neoliberalism: Theoretical implications of the rise of local food movements. Local Environment 18 (5), pp.636-641. (10.1080/13549839.2013.797157)
- Marsden, T. K. 2013. Sustainable place-making for sustainability science: the contested case of agri-food and urban–rural relations. Sustainability Science 8 (2), pp.213-226. (10.1007/s11625-012-0186-0)
- Marsden, T. K. 2013. From post-productionism to reflexive governance: Contested transitions in securing more sustainable food futures. International Journal of Rural Studies 29 , pp.123-134. (10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.10.001)
|The role and interplay between private and public governance within the land-coastal zone-sea interface and the impact on food security||British Academy, £311.371||Baker, Sanderson Bellamy and Cullen-Unsworth|
|Transmango: Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security||European Union, 2014-2018||Sonnino, Marsden and Moragues Faus|
|CERTAIN: Certification evaluation toolkit and methods for inspiring consumer trust in food producers||British Academy, £9,540|
Cardiff University Seedcorn Funding £6,640
|Sanderson Bellamy, Baker, Herman|
|Framework of Action for the Urban Food Agenda||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, £21,727.00||Sonnino|
|Implementing healthy and sustainable catering in Scotland's public sector||Scottish Government, £22,510||Sonnino|
|Study on food in cities – innovation for a sustainable and healthy production, delivery and consumption of food in cities||Commission of the European Communities £7,804||Sonnino|
|The power of Fairtrade: Resilience, ethical development and wine networks||The Leverhulme Trust||Herman|
|Knowledge Brokerage Activities to Promote Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Linking Scientists, Policymakers and Civil Society Organizations (FOODLINKS)||European Commission, 2011-2013||Sonnino and Morgan|
|Urban, Peri-Urban and Regional Food Dynamics: Towards an Integrated and Territorial Approach to Food (PUREFOOD)||European Commission, 2010-2014||Sonnino|
|Growing a Healthy Older Population: Community and allotment gardening amongst older people in South Wales||National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, 2011-13||Milbourne|
|Assessment of the application of the EU 2010 directive on meat chickens’ welfare||DEFRA, 2012-2014||Miele|
|An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTB||DEFRA, 2012-2014||Enticott|
|Farmers’ confidence in vaccines for bovine tuberculosis||DEFRA, 2010-2015||Enticott|
|Pilot EU Centre on Animal Welfare and Research Network||EUWelNet’ EU DG-Sanco, 2013||Miele|
|Action Research: Solidarity Purchasing Groups in Valencia||Generalitat Valenciana, Spain, 2011-2013||Moragues Faus|
|Participation of small farmers in fair trade initiatives in Latin America: collective action, governance and social capital||Centre for Cooperation and International Development-UPV, 2011-2013||Moragues Faus|
|The halal meat market in Wales, potentials and barriers||Welsh Government, 2012||Miele|
|Biodiversity and Food Security: Developing Collaborative Policy for Seagrass Conservation||Darwin initiative for UK Overseas Territories Challenge Fund, 2012-2013||Smith (participant)|
|Community action for climate change: Pathfinder learning review||Welsh Government , 2012-2013||Franklin|
|Sustainable agri-food systems and rural development in the Mediterranean Partner Countries (SUSTAINMED)||European Commission, 2011-2012||Moragues Faus (participant)|
|Forecast for the Future: Scaling Up the Community Food Sector||Plunkett Foundation, 2010-12||Morgan and Sonnino|
|Assessing Sustainability in the Context of Food Security||Joint Research Centre, European Commission, 2012-13||Sonnino and Moragues Faus|
|Community Grown Food in Wales||Welsh Government, 2010-11||Milbourne|
|Planting Spaces, Growing Places: Community gardening in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods in the UK||Cardiff University, 2008-12||Milbourne|
|Cultures of veterinary regulation||ESRC, 2008-2010||Enticott|
|Veterinary Capacity in Wales||Welsh Government, 2008-2010||Enticott|
Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Director of Sustainable Places Research Institute
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Professor in Human Geography, Director of Postgraduate Research
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Head of the School of Geography and Planning
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Professor of Governance and Development
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Research Fellow (PLACE)
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Brexit and the future of food and farming
This event examined the impacts and possible future scenarios arising from Brexit in the food and farming sectors.
Since June 2016, the process of leaving the EU has highlighted the complex ways the farming and food sectors are connected to Europe through markets, regulation and policy. Brexit will require new systems of rural development, agricultural subsidies and ecosystem services, and new rules to address the sector's reliance on overseas labour.
Based on research with key stakeholders within the food and farming sectors over the last year, School of Geography and Planning's Professor Paul Milbourne, Professor Kevin Morgan and Dr Gareth Enticott and Dr Rebecca Sandover (University of Exeter) examined the key challenges facing food and farming, the potential future directions for food and farming and the views of overseas labour on Brexit currently working in the UK.
In Big Hunger, author Andrew Fisher argued that many key anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. His research finds that efforts to end hunger, reduce obesity, and reform farm subsidies are compromised by corporate interests.
Andrew Fisher has worked in the anti-hunger field for twenty-five years, as the executive director of national and local food groups, and as a researcher, organizer, policy advocate, and coalition builder. He has led successful efforts to gain passage of multiple pieces of federal food and nutrition legislation. Andrew Fisher was joined by a panel of practitioners and academic experts, including Katie Palmer, Food Cardiff, and Eleanor Sanders, Trussell Trust Cardiff, to discuss the challenges facing the anti-hunger movement in the UK and the opportunities for building a progressive food justice movement.