Increasingly TED talks are becoming trusted sources for food politics and policy making, and an important medium for food activists to communicate through. Yet, there are also limits to what can be communicated in a TED talk and how. These limitations affect the types of knowledge and activist performances that are deemed suitable. We would like to understand what TED talks are doing toand for food politics, by conducting a comprehensive analysis of recent TED talks on the theme of FOOD. We are interested in the celebrity, bodily, and visual performances that compose these talks. The effects of these talks on public opinion and policy. And the limitations and possibilities of TED talks as a mode of food activism.
You have some training in qualitative methods and critical social theory
You are an interested in digital media and food activism
You are willing to develop new methodologies and tools for analysing digital media
You are registered for one of the following MSc programmes: MID, MCS, MLP, MFT, or MOA
You have completed at least 2 RSO courses (or relevant social science courses)
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Supervisors: Oona Morrow (RSO) email@example.com & Prof. Mike Goodman, University of Reading
Nutrition-sensitive landscapes address the relationship between agriculture, nutrition and environment. Increasing farm productivity and diversification of nutritious food crops are key issues in agricultural development, as improved productivity and diversification provide opportunities to reduce poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition. Adoption of new practices is one, out of many, key issues to help improving food and nutrition security. Farmers’ mindsets and social values systems are therefore important, as people interact with their environment and decide what and how to farm.
Can development be taught?… No. It can only be learnt. (Clapham, 1996)