Global Challenges to Food Security Summer School
What are today’s greatest challenges to food security? Why is obesity an increasing symptom of malnutrition? How can famines be avoided?
Over the course of three weeks, students will delve into these and more questions by studying intensively theoretical aspects and debates combined with case studies and critical methods around the areas of:
- global food-, nutrition- and health-related challenges,
- globalised food systems and implications for nutrition and health
- policy responses to hunger, malnutrition and poor health.
The Global Challenges to Food Security Summer School provides knowledge on fundamental debates in these areas of study and policy making and, crucially, stimulates critical thinking on these issues. Contents draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives, such as political economy, nutritional science, and anthropology.
Daily activities include lectures followed by tutorials and interactive talks from experts and practitioners in the field. Theory and policy issues introduced during lectures are brought into real-world context through multiple stories from the field sessions. For instance, students will learn about the competition between food and cash crops in Uzbekistan, food aid and governance in Sudan and environmental implications of China's nutrition transition through the eyes of researchers working in the field. Students will further get the opportunity to meet policy practitioners from think tanks, national and international organisations such as IFPRI and Oxford Policy Management to discuss key policy questions.
The Summer School is designed for university students and practitioners who wish to gain cutting edge knowledge on global food, nutrition and health related challenges. The summer school does not require prior qualifications in economics or other relevant disciplines.
The Global Challenges to Food Security Summer School is organised by the Food, Nutrition and Health in Development Research Cluster and the SOAS Economics Department.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand critical food- nutrition- and health-related challenges facing in particular low- and middle-income countries.
- Be aware of some of the major patterns of change that food systems are undergoing and identify ways in which said changes shape global challenges.
- Critically engage with policy options to tackle malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries.
Sophie van Huellen is a lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London where she teaches undergraduate and post graduate modules. Her research interests include food prices and issues around food security, commodity dependency and food sovereignty. In particular she works on the financialisation of food commodity markets, speculative influences on grain prices, supply chain studies and the financial side of food industries. In the past, Sophie has worked for various international and national institutions, such as UNCTAD, the African Development Bank and the German Federal Ministry of Finance.
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and a Record of Study will be available on request.
For more information, please fill out our enquiry form.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: 22 July - 9 August 2019
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 3 weeks
Tuition Fees 2019
- Tuition fee:
Dr Sophie Van Huellen Convenor