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Dr Colin SageVisiting Fellow
Project ITALY® Action 2:
Grants for Visiting Professor and Scholar
October 2015

Colin Sage is Senior Lecturer in Geography at University College Cork, Ireland. He has worked on the interconnections of food systems, agriculture, environment and wellbeing throughout his academic career. After a false start on leaving school and finding himself in a government job building guided missiles, he left to spend time travelling and it was in the Himalayas that he came to understand the value of small-scale agriculture. Colin undertook his PhD on changes in highland farming practices in Bolivia (University of Durham 1990), which included a side project on the cocaine economy. Particular interest in food and livelihood security subsequently led him to conduct research in Mexico and Indonesia, while he has undertaken project evaluations for aid agencies in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Central America. At the turn of the millennium, he began working with artisan food producers in Ireland documenting the development of alternative food networks and subsequently urban community food initiatives. Colin is the author of Environment and Food (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics (Ashgate, 2014). He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and delivered around 80 keynote lectures and conference papers. Currently, he is a member of COST Action TD1106 Urban Agriculture Europe; Visiting Professor on the Food Studies program at the American University, Rome and at the University of Gastronomic Science in Piedmont, Italy. Colin is an academic strongly committed to public engagement and serves as Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council, which he helped to create in 2013. He is also strongly committed to inter-disciplinary collaboration within the academy and is currently co-editing a volume, Trans-disciplinary perspectives on transitions to sustainability to be published in 2016.

Fellowship program
12th October 2015 | Time: 11.00-12.30
University of Bergamo, S. Agostino, lecture hall 6

How should we feed the world?
The food system is responsible for environmental degradation and a growing burden on human health. But how we are to feed the world is a contested arena of competing visions, notably productivism versus food sovereignty. Irrespective, unsustainable production and consumption must be addressed the full abstract

14th-15th-16th October 2015 | Time: 10.00-13.00
University of Bergamo, Rosate, room 310Open door with Dr SageDuring these dates Dr Sage will be holding office hours. To make an appointment to discuss your research with him (English only), email:

20th October 2015 | Time: 10.00-12.00
Oscar Romero Technical School, Albino (BG)A conversation on food in the year of the ExpoThis talk is part of the Exploring sustainability in the food sector Erasmus+ project, in collaboration with: Berufskolleg (Viersen, Germany), Şişli Anadolu Lisesi (Instanbul, Turkey) and Etelä Tapiolan Lukio (Espoo, Finland).

23-24 ottobre.png23rd-24th October 2015University of Bergamo | Municipality of BergamoConference: Food, sustainability and territory: From alternative food networks to new forms of governanceread the complete program

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