Sustainability in Food and Fashion: what can academics and practitioners learn from each other?

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University of Leicester researchers to hold sustainability workshop on 24 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 September 2015   

Researchers from the University of Leicester will be addressing sustainability issues, including how much food and clothing are wasted each year, alongside representatives from the food and fashion industries at a workshop on 24 September.

Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire and Dr Maria Touri, from the University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, will present their one-day workshop on ‘Sustainable Food and Fashion: Social Sciences as Agent of Innovation’ at College Court, the University’s dedicated conference space, between 10:00am – 4:30pm.

The workshop is designed to provide a unique opportunity for dialogue between academics and practitioners on the pertinent issue of sustainability, in food and fashion. Participants include academics from Management, Media Studies, Sociology, Geography, from the University of Leicester and UK institutions from across the country; and representatives from the food and fashion industry, including small-medium businesses, designers and bloggers.

The workshop aims to facilitate the development of networks and help academics and practitioners identify opportunities for future collaborations.

Dr Smith Maguire said: “Sustainability is increasingly becoming a priority for individuals and businesses, especially in food and fashion where we tend to think more about what we eat and what we wear. However, it is still the case that tonnes of clothing and food are wasted each year.”

Dr Touri added: “There is great work being done in the industries of food and fashion to encourage sustainable living and there is so much that academics can offer to make these projects even more successful. We want to bring together scholars and practitioners as equal contributors to the workshop and explore: what can academics and practitioners learn from each other? What can food and fashion learn from each other?”

The event is co-funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, and the University of Leicester's School of Management and Department of Media and Communication. It is organised under the aegis of the Cultural Production and Consumption Research Group at the University of Leicester.

Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire and Dr Maria Touri are members of the group and their work focuses on cultural production and consumption, sustainability and participatory communication.

Mary Doherty, owner of a catering business and former store manager of ‘The Quince Tree’ of Stonor, said: “The event is a great opportunity for representatives of business to take a step back and reflect on our practices and to hear what the experts from other areas have to say.”

The workshop will be held on Thursday 24 September 2015, between 10am and 4.30am, at College Court, the University of Leicester’s dedicated conference space.


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For more information please contact Dr Maria Touri on or Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire on

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