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BBC Radio 4 Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon discusses food journalism at IFSTAL lecture

Renowned investigative journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme Sheila Dillon spoke at SOAS University this week, delivering the inaugural public lecture for IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning), a project of LIDC.

Delivering the first Annual IFSTAL Public Lecture, Sheila Dillon examined the history of food programming and food journalism. She explored the parts of our food system that make it into the media, and those that more often get left out, and how media reflects the trends and challenges we face as a society with food, looking at production to consumption.

The lecture was livestreamed to IFSTAL’s partner institutions in Oxford, Reading and Warwick. It was followed by an interactive question and answer session, chaired by Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London. A recording of the lecture will be available on the IFSTAL website shortly.

IFSTAL is a network of seven participating higher education institutions: the University of Oxford (lead), the University of Reading, the University of Warwick, City, University of London, and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, comprising of SOAS University of London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Royal Veterinary College.

Funded by a £2.59m grant from HEFCE to Oxford University in 2015, the five year programme aims to enhance postgraduate training in food systems research.