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To kick off the year for the Food Values Research Group seminar series in 2020, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lesa Scholl:

Healthy in Body and Soul: Nineteenth-Century Medicine and Theology

Dr Lesa Scholl

This paper will engage with the writings of key medical and theological figures of nineteenth-century Britain to examine the ways in which concepts of physical and spiritual health impacted understandings of social justice. Through critiquing ideas of excessive consumption and promoting a range of ideas of fasting, both the medical profession and the Church worked toward creating a concept of an interdependent community that resonated with economic thought, but maintained an emphasis on human compassion. Being aware of what one needs, while also thinking ethically about what others in the community need, was valued in both the Church’s concept of loving one’s neighbour as oneself, and the medical profession’s concern regarding the burgeoning field of public health.

WHEN: Tuesday 28th January, 12-1pm

WHERE: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)

Lesa Scholl (PhD Birkbeck, UL) is Head of Kathleen Lumley College, the postgraduate college of the University of Adelaide. She is a research fellow of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter. Her current research engages with the dialogues between theological and medical discourses in nineteenth-century representations of fasting. Publications include Hunger, Poetry and the Oxford Movement (Bloomsbury 2020); Hunger Movements in Early Victorian Fiction (2016); and Translation, Authorship and the Victorian Professional Woman (2011). She was the editor of Medicine, Health and Being Human (2018), and co-editor of Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (2015).

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Thank you to everybody who came along to our final event of the year, where Nikki Dumbrell, from the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide, gave us a wonderful introduction to her research looking at the social licence concept through an economic lens.

2019 has been a great year for the Food Values Research Group! We have heard from a variety of excellent speakers on a broad range of topics at our seminar series over the year. Check out some of the projects and papers we’ve been working on, and stay updated on our upcoming seminars here. We are looking forward to hearing from more excellent speakers in 2020. If you would like to present next year, please get in touch with Laura at a1137578@adelaide.edu.au.

Until then, enjoy the holiday season, stay cool, and we will see you again in the new year!

Nikki Dumbrell presenting at the December seminar

Nikki Dumbrell, FVRG December seminar

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Fishing boat at sunset

For the Food Values Research Group’s final seminar of 2019, we are pleased to welcome Nikki Dumbrell:

Looking at the social licence concept through an economic lens

Nikki Dumbrell, Centre for Global Food and Resources, The University of Adelaide

The term ‘social licence to operate’, introduced in natural resource dependent industries, such as mining, in the 1990s has become increasingly used to describe social and environmental standards for firms to meet, as well as the guidelines to meet them. Formally, a firm or project with a social licence is said to enjoy the (intangible) ongoing acceptance or approval by local stakeholders and communities who are affected by the firm or their activities, and who can affect the profitability of the firm. Growth in frequency and breadth of use of the term has contributed to a substantial body of research. Consequently, there is an increasing need to understand what is known and what additional research or alternate perspectives could bring to understanding of the concept, especially as social licence continues to suffer from some definitional and operational ambiguity.

A systematic literature review was used to identify and synthesize knowledge and identify gaps in the social licence literature. Particular attention was paid to economics perspectives of social licence. This presentation will outline the emergence and subsequent use of the term and drivers of concern about the social licence status of natural resource dependent industries such as mining, energy, agriculture and fisheries. Taking an economic perspective, it is argued that social licence concerns are motivated by: (1) negative externalities; (2) undersupply of public goods; and (3) the use of socially valuable resources for the generation of private profits. This research could serve as a starting point to expand and improve clarity in the social licence debate to include social welfare implications of any decision to grant/withhold a social licence.

WHEN: Tuesday 17th December, 12-1 PM

WHERE: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)

Nikki Dumbrell is interested in research at the nexus of environmental, agricultural and economic systems. She seeks to engage in research projects that can inform policy decisions and improve livelihoods.

Her PhD research (commenced mid-2018) is concerned with links between the social licence to operate, economics and decision-making with particular focus applied to natural resource dependent industries.

For much of 2017-2018 she worked on projects to improve the profitability and sustainability of vegetable industries in south east Asia (at The University of Adelaide).

For much of 2013-2016 she worked on projects related to carbon farming adoption and the trade-offs between greenhouse gas mitigation and other objectives for Australian grain growers (at The University of Western Australia).

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The Food Values Research Group has been busy the last few months! There is no seminar next month for November, but we will be back in December with a presentation from Nikki Dumbrell from the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. A continuously updated list of upcoming seminars can be found here – […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s October 2019 seminar we are pleased to welcome Dr Graham Ellender: Flavour in Life Dr Graham Ellender, Dentistry, University of Adelaide Flavour is often taken for granted, yet its import is seriously underrated and poorly understood both by laity and professionals. In reality, it is a neural percept comprising […]

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various alcohol bottles against wooden backdrop

For the Food Values Research Group’s September 2019 seminar, jointly with the Department of History Seminar Series, we are pleased to welcome Dr Julie McIntyre: Beer, wine, cider, spirits and tradition versus modernity: Towards a cultural history of global alcohol production since the 1950s Dr Julie McIntyre, Department of History, University of Newcastle Cultural histories […]

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Range of foods from flexitarian diet

For the Food Values Research Group’s August 2019 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lenka Malek How flexible are flexitarians? Consumer segmentation based on meat consumption frequency and willingness to make further changes to protein consumption De Lenka Malek, Centre for Global Food and Resources, The University of Adelaide Flexitarians are a growing and largely […]

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Mid last month, the Food Values Research group was pleased to host Rebecca Paxton, a doctoral candidate from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Rebecca presented some of the data she has gathered during her PhD project, looking at holistic/systemic models of health and how Austrian organic farmers incorporate health promotion into […]

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organically farmed food

For the Food Values Research Group’s June 2019 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Rebecca Paxton: Austrian organic farmers as health promoters Rebecca Paxton, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna This presentation explores health promotion as a function of organic agriculture, with a focus on the perceptions and practices of Austrian organic farmers. It […]

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Global wine

For the Food Values Research Group’s April 2019 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Chelsea Davis: Cultivating Imperial Networks: British Colonial Wine Production at the Cape of Good Hope and South Australia, 1838-1910 Chelsea Davis, George Washington University, Washington D.C. This presentation will focus on the British Empire’s colonial wine industries at the Cape of Good […]

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