Alison Blay-Palmer

Selected Presentations

Invited Presentations

  1. Panelist, on stage. In conversation with Stephen Lewis. 80-minute conversation on stage with Stephen Lewis. Balsillie School for International Affairs, February 4.
  2. Invited speaker. United Nations Food and Agriculture Panel. City-Region Food Systems. Rome, April 2015.
  3. Panelist. Innovative Challenges in Health and Food Systems in the Context of SDGs. Balsillie School for International Affairs. October 27.
  4. PI and Chair. International Social Sciences Council sponsored Transformations to Sustainability workshop. Food: Engaging Action for Sustainable Transformation (FEAST) workshop with researchers from Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, the EU and the Northwest Territories.
  5. Invited speaker. Ideas Distillery – Toronto. Sustainable Food Systems. Guest of Glenn Murray, MLA, Ontario Minister of the Environment. January 27.
  6. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Invited paper to high level policy-makers. December 16.
  7. Invited keynote. Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute seminar. Cardiff, November 19, Declined.
  8. Invited panelist. How Cities Change: Food and Urban Redevelopment. In Symposium on ‘Situating Food: Planning and designing for new urban food systems’. Ohio State University, November 8-9.
  9. Invited panelist. UN-sponsored panel on Local farming: towards a new urban-rural solidarity. Ecocity 2013, the10thWorld Summit on Sustainable Cities. Nantes, France, September 25-27.
  10. Invited speaker. Short urban-rural food chains. International Colloquium of Urban Agriculture. Casablanca, Morocco, February 27 – March 2.
  11. Keynote speaker. ‘Fostering sustainable communities: Blending theory and practice’. Cardiff University, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff International Conference on Sustainable Place-Making. Cardiff, October 29-30.
  12. Plenary panel speaker. Building Economic Development Opportunities through Local Food Networks: Building bridges for success. Economic Development Council of Ontario. Toronto, January.
  13. Keynote speaker Urban-Rural linkages. Closing the urban-rural loop: Planning for regenerative bioregional food systems. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning/ Sustainable Places Research Institute. AESOP (CARDIFF) 3RD SUSTAINABLE FOOD PLANNING CONFERENCE, Food Planning and Sustainable Places. October 28-29.
  14. Discussant. Performing Provenance in Contemporary Food Geographies. Organized by Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington, April 11-17.
  15. Panel moderator. Local Food Panel. The Premier's Summit on Agri-Food, Ontario in Action: Agri-Food Growth and Opportunity. Toronto, April 14.
  16. Food Hubs: Growing community based solutions for sustainable, local food systems. International workshop on ‘Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas: Lessons for Policy and Practice’, British High Commission. Ottawa, March 4.
  17. Invited speaker. Public panel. GMOs: What's the Debate About?. Guelph Ontario, February.
  18. Expert witness. Agricultural Standing Committee of Biotechnology. Ottawa, February 17.
  19. Plenary panel speaker. Building Economic Development Opportunities through Local Food Networks: Building bridges for success. Economic Development Council of Ontario. Toronto, January.
  20. Keynote Speaker. Resilient Ontario Food Systems: Building Bridges for Success. Executive Forum, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. December 9.
  21. From the Ground Up: What Can We Learn from the Local Food System in Marin County, California?. Ontario’s Test Kitchens: Cooking up a Sustainable Food System for the 21st Century, The School of Public Policy & Governance Conference. University of Toronto, April 19-20.
  22. Knowledge in Society Panel. Knowledge in Society Panel. Queen’s School of Business, Monieson Research Institute. Kingston, April 8.
  23. How much should we pay for food?. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, Public Forum. Waterloo, January 19.
  24. The Canadian Pioneer: Food Policy in Toronto. International Conference Feeding the City: Urban Planning and the New Food Equation. Cardiff University, Wales, November 6-7.
  25. Values-added through alternative food systems. Syracuse University, Department of Geography Colloquia. September 24.
  26. Capitalizing on Connections. Interim Report and presentation to Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation Board of Directors. Bath, Ontario, June.

Conference Presentations

  1. Paper presented with T. Marsden. ‘The long and the short of it: Regulating (un)sustainable food value(s) chains in the EU and Canada’. Association of American Geographers annual conference. Los Angeles, CA, April 8-15.
  2. Panel organizer and Chair. Panel session ‘Tackling sustainability during the environmental, food and fiscal crisis: challenges and opportunities?’. Panelists: T. Marsden, Cardiff University; J. Agyeman, Tufts University; R. Krueger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; A. Alkon, Pacific University. Association of American Geographers annual conference. Los Angeles, CA, April 8-15.
  3. Speaker. Planning to improve rural-urban linkages in sustainable food systems. 4th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference. Berlin, November 1-3.
  4. Organizer and facilitator. A Conversation about Linking Farmers to Local Buyers: Opportunities, Challenges and Successes. UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, The Urban Future. Naples, Italy, September 1-6.
  5. Moderator and Chair. A Community-University Research Partnership Event. Workshop. Waterloo, May 24.
  6. Panel and paper session organizer and chair. Sustainable Communities. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington, April 11-17.
  7. Food Counts: Measuring sustainable food systems. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Washington, DC, April 11-17. Session and panel organizer for three paper sessions titled ‘Sustainable communities’.
  8. Building Resilient Food Systems. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Ottawa, May 26-30.
  9. Session and panel organizer, discussant and chair. Sustainable Communities. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV, March 22-27.
  10. Presenter and session organizer. Structural and regulatory reform: Lessons from the UK. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. Boston, April 15-20.
  11. Queen’s University Farmers’ Market: The relativity of sustainable local food systems. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. San Francisco, April.
  12. Spaces of fear and hope in North American food Systems. Royal Geographic Society Annual International Conference. London, UK, August 31 - September 2.