GLAMUR is the EU 7th Framework Programme acronym for a research project whose full title is “Global and Local food chain Assessment: a MUltidimensional performance-based approach”.
The project commenced on 1st February 2013 and ran for 36 months. The overall objective of the project was to integrate advancement in scientific knowledge about the impact of food chains with the application of knowledge about practice, in order to increase the sustainability of food chains through the development of both public policies and private strategies. This involved a range of research measures, that include: developing and validating a ‘performance criteria matrix’ for assessing and comparing food chains across a range of geographical scales; building a database of quantifiable indicators on the impact of specific food chains; developing methodologies that can better overcome the problems of comparing the impact of different food chains both within and between sectors; assessing how the notion of 'performance' within food chains is perceived by stakeholders in different national contexts; assessing both the actual and potential role of public and private policies in relation to food chains, and to make policy recommendations; and to build a network that can turn the advancements made in terms of scientific knowledge, into decision making tools for a range of organisations.
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The CCRI was comprised of Dr James Kirwan, Dr Damian Maye, Dr Dan Keech and Dilshaad Bundhoo. They have taken an active role in all the work packages associated with this project, and were responsible for leading Work Package 2, which provided the framing for the overall project. This entailed developing a framework for analysing how food chains are currently being assessed in terms of their performance across the 15 partners involved in the project. The project was coordinated by Wageningen University.
The 15 partners in the project are:
- Wageningen University (WU), Section Sociology and Anthropology Development
- Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica (FIRAB)
- The City University London (CITY), Centre for Food Policy
- Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULE), Division of Agricultural and Food Economics (DAFE)
- Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
- CLM Onderzoek en Advies BV (CLM)
- Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali (Research Centre on Animal Production) (CRPA)
- The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals
- The University of Gloucestershire/Countryside and Community Research Institute (UoG/CCRI)
- The University of the West of England/Countryside and Community Research Institute (UWE/CCRI)
- Nodibinajums Baltic Study Centre
- Aalborg University (AAU), Department of Development and Planning. Research group: Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition (MENU)
- University of Belgrade (BEL), Faculty of Economics
- International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 311778.
Project updates and activities
Damian Maye has been at Newcastle University today, giving a seminar for the Centre for Rural Economy, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES), Agriculture Seminar Series.
Some abstracts of the CCRI presentations are now available for the XXVIIth ESRS Conference, which took place in Krakow, Poland, from 24th to 27th July.
The CCRI was well represented at the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, this year’s theme being ‘nexus thinking’, an approach that aims to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains.
Damian Mayer and James Kirwan are once again very much involved in the annual RGS-IBG conference, where they are organising a session on food system sustainability and resilience and also co-presenting three research papers.
A second paper based on the key findings of the EU GLAMUR project has been published in a special issue of Sustainability which has open access.
A paper based on a study of cheese supply chains in the UK and Switzerland, which was co-written by CCRI researchers, has been published with open access by Sustainability. It is derived from research conducted as part of the EU 7th Framework Programme project GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a MUltidimensional performance-based approach).
The 2016 International Farming Systems Association Symposium is now calling for papers for the workshop “Boundary spanning between agroecological and conventional production systems: implications for pathways towards more sustainable production”.
The CCRI is to be well represented at the 2016 International Farming Systems Association Symposium, with sessions linking to three EU funded projects on which the CCRI is currently a working partner – Glamur, SUFISA and VALERIE
A CCRI research team is currently one of 15 pan-European partners working on an EU project called GLAMUR – “Global and Local food chain Assessment: a MUltidimensional performance-based approach”. A story on the project has just been published on the Horizon 2020 website.
Drs James Kirwan and Damian Maye have been invited to present two sessions at EXPO Milano on Tuesday 13th of October 2015, at an event being held in the European Union Pavilion.
Damian Maye is making an opening presentation at the FOODMETRES final conference ‘Towards a Territorial Approach for European Food Security’
CCRI researchers were involved at the recent XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Aberdeen (18-21 August 2015).
Drs Damian Maye and James Kirwan are taking part in a workshop at the Milan EXPO event, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. This is the major annual world event on food & agriculture.
CCRI’s Dr Damian is a member of the Advisory Committee for the EU project FOODMETRES (‘Food Planning and Innovation for Sustainable Metropolitan Regions’), which aims to assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of food chains with regard to the spatial, logistical and resource dimensions of growing food in metropolitan (urban) regions.
The CCRI recently had a visitor from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Emilia Schmitt, who has been working on the ‘GLAMUR’ project and is completing her PhD at the institute of agricultural sciences came to the UK to investigate cheese makers in the UK.
There have been several news reports recently concerning a meta-analysis published by researchers led by Professor Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University. The study investigated ‘differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops/crop-based foods’.
CCRI GLAMUR team, James Kirwan, Daniel Keech, Damian Maye and Dilshaad Bundhoo were in Rome from February 26th to 28th for EU-funded GLAMUR project meeting.
This weeks seminar (13th February), presented by James Kirwan, focuses upon the ‘Delphi Method‘ – an innovative group discussion technique that he has been using as part of an EU project.