This event will take place in-person only.

The UN has recently announced it finds ‘no credible pathway to 1.5C in place’ with current global commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The global food system is responsible for one-third of GHG emissions, and must be addressed if this target can be achieved.  With more targeted livestock management to reduce methane in digestive systems, and improving water and residue management in crop and in nutrification processes can reduce carbon footprints – credible solutions are out there.  From energy conservation to soil fertility – and so the list goes on – pursuing sustainable environmental management practices will likely put pressure on global food security, which is additionally impacted by the Ukraine crisis and revival of global supply chains from the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Since the University of Kent’s inception in 1965, sustainability and climate impact had been the core of its management, and more recently has put together a policy commitment for meeting environment related SDGs.  More specifically, Kent Business School is leading numerous projects that to address global food security.  In collaboration with the British Academy of Management’s special interest group in performance management and leading academic and practitioner experts in this field, this workshop will explore possible solutions and mitigation strategies in response to the changing climate, including what role the global food system can play in the world effort to meet emission targets.  Following on from our recent event at the University of York on Pathways to Net Zero, this event will bring together participants from academia, policy and practice, and additionally current doctoral researchers, to exchange ideas on how to transform what is probably the most pressing challenge of the century into reality.

A set of keynote presentations from thought leaders in sustainability related performance will be showcased.  Current strategies from different perspectives on addressing global food crises will be presented, and preliminary results from current/recent projects will be shared.  Practice perspective networking sessions and current doctoral research project workshops will also be held to provoke new thinking on addressing the key constraints affecting global sustainability success.

Event Programme

9:30 am – Arrival (refreshments available)

10:00 am – Welcome

Professor Jonathan Liu,  Ming Ai Institute London

10:15 am – Introducing Kent Business School and sustainability and global food security

Dr Vinh Sum Chau & Professor Soo Hee Lee, University of Kent

10:30 am – PhD Workshops on developing research on the future of food security

Professor Soo Hee Lee, University of Kent

10:30 am – Informal networking session for non-doctoral researchers

Professor Jonathan Liu, Ming Ai Institute London

11:30 am – Sustainable production, food security and productivity; reflections on the global challenges that lie ahead

Professor Catherine Robinson, University of Kent

12:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Measures to stabilize global wheat supplies and food security

Professor Nigel Poole, SOAS University of London

2:00 pm – Food justice, and developing the world’s first Right to Food University

Professor Iain Wilkinson, University of Kent

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Value chain and sustainability of the Italian Slow Food Movement

Dr Luca Cacciolatti, University of Westminster

3:25 pm – Food, technology and sustainability

Dr Marios Samdanis, Brunel University London

3:50 pm – Developmental Workshop on developing research on ‘Strategies towards achieving Net Zero targets in local/regional food systems’

Dr Luisa Huaccho-Huatuco, University of York

4:30 pm – Round-up and Conclusion

4:45 pm – Close


Benefits of attendance: 
  • Becoming well-informed on the broad agenda of global food security
  • Networking opportunities
  • Learning lessons on sustainability management from across sectors
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration


Provider Information

BAM Performance Management Special Interest Group


Who Should Attend?
  • Academics interested in sustainability and global food security
  • Doctoral students whose research projects are on the topic
  • Policy makers with an agenda to address issues of sustainable food management
  • Practitioners working within the broad field of sustainability management

The morning session is targeting new researchers and research students, the afternoon session is policy and strategies.

The event speaks to sections A1,A2, B1, B2, B3, C2, C3, D1, E2 and E3 as detailed in the BAM Framework.


Professor Jonathan Liu

Professor Jonathan Liu

Programme Facilitator, BAM Performance Management

Dr Vinh Sum Chau

Dr Vinh Sum Chau

Senior Lecturer in Strategy, University of Kent

Dr Luisa Huatuco

Dr Luisa Huatuco

Reader in Operations Management, University of York


Professor Soo Hee Lee

Professor Soo Hee Lee

Professor in Organisation Studies, University of Kent

Professor Catherine Robinson

Professor Catherine Robinson

Professor in Applied Economics and Business Statistics, University of Kent

Professor Nigel Poole

Professor Nigel Poole

Professor of International Development Policy, SOAS University of London

Professor Iain Wilkinson

Professor Iain Wilkinson

Professor of Sociology, University of Kent

Dr Luca Cacciolatti

Dr Luca Cacciolatti

Reader within the Organisations, Economy and Society Group, University of Westminster

Dr Marios Samdanis

Dr Marios Samdanis

Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Management, Brunel University London


Event Fee 

BAM Members: £20

BAM Student Members: £10

Non-BAM Members: £50

If you are booking multiple paid events as a Non-Member, it may be cheaper for you to purchase a BAM Membership as nearly all BAM Events are free or at a discounted rate for Members.

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Registrations close on the 28th March 2023 at 23:59 UK time



Please contact the BAM Office at [email protected] with any  general queries.


Venue details

Darwin Conference Suite,

University of Kent,




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