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CAWR Seminar Series

Expand your knowledge by attending one our fortnightly seminars with both national and international speakers.

The Centre's lunchtime seminars provide a lively discussion forum that is open to anyone to attend, including Coventry University staff and students, visiting asociates and practioners. 


All seminars are held at CAWR Ryton Organic Gardens (CV8 3LG) between 11.30am - 12.30pm. (unless specified otherwise). 


A free shuttle bus service is available from Coventry University to Ryton Organic Gardens. Please contact CAWRoffice for more details. There is also free parking on site.


If you would like to attend, please register your interest with CAWRoffice who will provide you with further details. 



The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR).

Upcoming seminars

NOTE:  For more seminars in 2017 please check back on this page for updates.



4th July


Food, Agriculture and Social Change 

Stephen Sherwood

Wageningen University, the Netherlands


Also available on Facebook Live


13th July 


Empirical methods for seasonal climate prediction

Jonathan Eden 

CAWR, Coventry UK 


Also available on Facebook Live


Previous seminars




27th June


The Actual and Potential Power of Agroforestry

Martin Wolfe

CAWR, Coventry UK 



22nd June


Assessing Social Sustainability in the UK Food Supply Chains

Muhammad Naeem Shahid

CAWR, Coventry, UK


21st June


The Challenges of Institutionalizing Food Sovereignty. Insights from the negotiations of a new UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

Priscilla Claeys

CAWR, Coventry, UK



 5th June



Water Quality in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments

Dr. Ryan Turner

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Queensland, Australia




25th May


Dr Anneke Lubben

Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility, University of Bath

LC-MS at the Heart of Everything


19th May

Dr Leanne Seeliger

Unit for Environmental Ethics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Water Issues in Ethical Perspective: Using the Phillipi Horticultural Area in Cape Town, South Africa as a context


27th April


Mindi Schneider 

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam

China's Industrial Meat Regime: Policies, Institutions and Restistances


5th April

Professor Sébastien Sauvé

Department of Chemistry at Montreal University, Canada

Water and the Circular Economy 


30th March 


Bastien Dieppois


Toward a better understanding of southern African rainfall variability, and their teleconnections



28th March


Enzo Nastati

Eureka Research, Italy

Trinium Agriculture


23rd March


Rebecca Lave

Geography Dept, Indiana University

Bridging the gap: Integrating critical social and physical science in practice


2nd March

Nibedita Ray-Bennett

University of Leicester, UK

Avoidable Deaths: A Soft Systems Approach in Disaster Risk Management


 9th February

Molly Anderson

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Constructing Alternatives to the Neoliberal Food System:  What Do We Think We’re Doing?


 31st January

Laurence Roudart

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Allocating land to family farmers or to other investors: what are the opportunity costs? The case of the Office du Niger area, Mali


 19th January 

Chris Maughan


“Food from Nowhere”: Food, Fuel and the Fantastical in the Corporate Food Regime




14th November 

Michelle Fine

City University of New York

Putting the Critical into Collaboration: Stories from a Participatory Action Researcher


19th October


Jay Abrahams


The Blueprint Group - Regenerative Systems Design for human settlements


13th October


Daniel Castro


Sustainable water management, environmental engineering and land stabilisation research in Spain


29th September


Patrick MacManaway

The Most Important Conversation in Agriculture – Dialogue with the Spirit of Place Speaker


15th September


Irene Sotiropoulou


Explorations in Other Economics - Projects, Cases & Methods


7th July


Martin Wilkes


Challenges for protecting native fish in the face of a global hydropower boom: A multidisciplinary approach


30th June


Mark Swilling

University of Stellenbosch

Transdisciplinary Research for Transformation in an African Context


29th June


Mark Dibben

University of Tasmania

Towards an Ecological Management


12th April


Sergio Schneider

Agriculture, Food and Environment in Brazil - Is there room for a new model of rural development


1st March


Pieter Swanepoel 

Stellenbosch University

Soil quality of pasture and crop rotation systems in South Africa


 7th March


Helen Jarvie

Nutrient Biogeochemistry for Sustainable Management of Water Resources


28 January 


Dr. Alfred Gathorne-Hardy

Is rice sustainable?




30th November 

Dr Mourik Bueno de Mesquita

Water justice and the lack of it in Latin America


26th November 

Tomas Remiarz

Real Life Polycultures – Forest garden potentials and challenges


10th November 

Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird

Quantum Agriculture: Pathway to Resilient Agriculture


5th November 

Katy Wheeler

Moral economies of recycling and Fairtrade consumption in the UK


30th October 

Deepa Joshi

Workshop on Gender, Water and Food Justice: Issues of Power, Politics and Place


14th May


Rachel Nichole Bezner Kerr

Agroecology, social equity and food security: learning from participatory research in Malawi


12th May


Nora McKeon

Food security governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations


2nd April

Deepa Joshi

Globalisation of Agriculture: engendering change?


5th March

Mark Moodie

Democratising Research: a Biodynamic Case Study


Other Upcoming Events


Our monthly newsletters are an easy way to keep up-to-date with new developments at our research centre. From successful project bids to upcoming events, our newsletter informs you on how we are 'driving innovative transdisciplinary research on resilent food and water systems.'

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017


CAWR part of major EU project on sustainable farming systems

13th June 2017 - Coventry University is playing a key role in a new Europe-wide project to encourage farming systems to be less dependent on inorganic fertilisers and the fossil fuels needed to create them.

Former CAWR student secures pivotal role in Nigeria

7th December 2016 - Former CAWR MSc student Ismail Rilwan has secured the post of Food Security and Livelihoods Officer with Action Against Hunger, Nigeria. He will be based in Borno State, north eastern Nigeria, working as a part of the emergency response to the Boko Haram crises.

Dr. Andrew Adam-Bradford is attending 'The Science Collaboration Symposium' in Bahrain

24th November 2016 - Andrew Adam-Bradford is quoted in News of Bahrain as one of the 10 researchers from the UK and Bahrain being present at the discussions.

Listen to Prof. Moya Kneafsey on BBC Radio 4

2nd November 2016 - Moya Kneafsey was interviewed for the Farming Today programme on BBC Radio 4 for the episode Food fraud, Country-of-origin labelling, Flood report.


People's Jury Hears Brexit Evidence on Food - how did it vote?

12th May 2016 - Outcome of the Citizens’ Jury on the future of the food system in or out of Europe

Serena Hussain

Dr. Andrew Adam-Bradford travels to Iraq to help Syrian refugees

9th April 2016 - Andrew Adam-Bradford is working to give hope to people fleeing civil war in Syria by making refugee camps better places to live

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