United Kingdom, London

Global Challenges to Food Security

when 22 July 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1600

This course is designed for students and practitioners interested in gaining knowledge on food, nutrition and health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The course will cover three key areas:

Global food-, nutrition- and health-related challenges facing low- and middle-income countries;
Responses to hunger, malnutrition and poor health;
Key aspects of changing food systems and the politics of food;
The course will offer theoretical aspects combined with case studies and methods to start approaching complex aspects of food systems, malnutrition, and heath in LMICs. It is aimed at providing knowledge on fundamental debates in these areas of study and policy making and, crucially, at stimulating critical thinking on these issues. The contents draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives, such as political economy, nutritional science, and anthropology. The course does not require students to have prior qualifications in economics.

The summer school includes lectures followed by tutorials, interactive activities and talks from experts and practitioners in the field. Theory and policy issues introduced during the 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 and practitioners working in the field. Further, students will get opportunities to discuss key policy questions with policy practitioners from think tanks, national and international organisation such as IFPRI, Oxford Policy Management and others.

This summer school is organised by the Food, Nutrition and Health in Development Research Cluster.

Course leader

Dr. Sophie Van Huellen

Target group

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.

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

-Understand critical food- nutrition- and health-related challenges facing 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.

Credits info

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.

Fee info

GBP 1600: There is a 10% earlybird discount for applications received before 31st March 2019


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