Responsible Organising Workshop
Open to everyone!
Register here! The workshop is primarily held face-to-face at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. Only presentation by Steffen will be streamed.
Within business schools worldwide, there is barely any research or teaching on food. Nor is there much engagement with food system actors, such as farmers, peasants, food growing communities, food policy makers, etc. This is strange, given that we all need to eat on a daily basis. In this talk, Steffen will analyse why this lack of engagement with the food domain is reminiscent of deep-seated problems with the way business schools are functioning today. After outlining the problem, he will then propose six principles of how business schools should engage with food: (1) food is a regenerative system that involves humans and nonhumans; (2) food is an everyday, cyclical practice; (3) food requires cooperation; (4) justice needs to be at the heart of the food system; (5) food requires inter- and trans-disciplinary research and education approaches; (6) food is a pluriverse.
Steffen Böhm is Professor in Organisation & Sustainability at University of Exeter Business School. He was previously Professor in Management and Sustainability at the University of Essex. He’s also held visiting positions at Uppsala University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, as well as at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and St Andrews University, Scotland. His research focuses on the political economy & ecology of the sustainability transition. He has published seven books: Repositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave), Against Automobility (Wiley-Blackwell), Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets (Mayfly), The Atmosphere Business (Mayfly), Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities (Routledge), and Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis (Open Book Publishers) and Climate Activism (Cambridge). More details at steffenboehm.net