Academic presented Food Policy Study Group to Brazilian researchers
  • The sub-director of the Center for Regional Development and Public Policy Studies, Dr. Jael Goldsmith, spoke with academics and researchers from the Estadual Paulista University (UNESP).
  • Also, Ph.D. in Social Sciences students in Territorial Studies of the ULagos advanced their proposals for their thesis projects.

As part of a series of dialogues held by Master’s Program in Territorial Development in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Institute of Public Policy and International Relations of the Estadual Paulista University (UNESP), the sub-director, J Jael Goldsmith, exposed details of the Food Policy Studies Group, which she leads.

Joaquín Rivera and Mauricio Cortez,  Ph.D. in Social Sciences students in Territorial Studies of the ULagos, presented their proposals for their thesis projects: Rivera with the topic “Food sovereignty in decline? An approach from the changes in the legume supply network in Chile during the period from 1980 to 2021” and Cortez with “The new political cycle of Chiloé Socio-political culture”.

UNESP academic, Dr. Silvia Aparecida de Sousa, explained the undergraduate and graduate students’ cycle, which seeks “to meet academics from other graduate programs who can share with us authors and the theoretical reports they work on, among other topics, to encourage us in our research”.

In the presentation, Dr. Jael Goldsmith stated that her institution “is a permanent seminar; we meet every month since October 2018 and since March 2020 we joined. We are dedicated to talking about a topic broadly defined as food policy”.

She indicated that “with virtuality, the physical instance was lost, but we managed to internationalize the group”. However, she remembered that the last two sessions, in October and December, “have been semi-presential”.

She also highlighted that “we are a multidisciplinary group, we talk about inequality, small and medium-sized agriculture, history, care, public policies, health, obesity, veganism, nutrition, sustainable food systems, and gourmet ethnic products, among other topics”.

Finally she added, “Now, in the last session we discussed carbon emissions and the agro-exporter model and in January we will think about food issues from different disciplines”.