Call for Papers
[ASFS] Call for Papers Agri Food Markets
Thursday, November 14, 2019 09:46 AM

Agri-Food Markets towards Sustainable Patterns: Trends, Drivers and Challenges

The range of suitable contributions for this special issue is wide: case studies, experiments and other forms of empirical evidence, as well as application of theoretical concepts. More specifically, we welcome manuscripts that help to outline sustainable horizons of the future agri-food market, dealing with:

  • “green” changes in consumer demand
  • sustainability and innovation along the agri-food chains (ecopreneurship; vertical integration and horizontal alliances; farming associationism)
  • efficiency and inclusiveness of sustainable agri-food systems (agri-ecology and organic farming; small producers; safeguard of the natural and cultural heritage; relationship between food, gastronomy and territory; neolocalism; alternative agri food networks)
  • interaction between the agri-food market and agrienvironmental policies
  • market regulation instruments (public policies and national and international governance; impact of specific free trade agreements and trade tariffs; food sovereignty and sovereignism)
  • tools to prevent risks which may jeopardise agrifood markets.

For more information, click here.

UKCPR announces second round RFP for research on senior food hardships
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 01:50 PM

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), with underwriting from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announces a second round competition for research contracts that expand understanding of, and the attendant policy implications for, food-related hardships among older persons in the United States. For purposes of this RFP, older persons are defined as those ages 60 and older.

We seek research proposals from qualified individuals and institutions to provide rigorous research in one of three topical domains: 1) Describing households with food insecure seniors, including, but not limited to, factors such as functional status and ability to live independently, access to transportation, mental function, spousal health status, and social network and family connections; 2) Understanding factors underlying participation and re-certification in food assistance and other safety net programs; and 3) Evaluating the causal impact of food and non-food assistance programs on health and nutrition outcomes, as well as related outcomes such as consumption trade-offs. Total anticipated funding under this mechanism is $1.2 million of four large subcontracts at $250,000 each and four small subcontracts at $50,000 each.

We request a letter of intent to submit a proposal by Dec. 10, 2019. Full proposals are due Jan. 14, 2020, with award dates on or about Feb. 25, 2020. Consult the RFP for submission details. The full RFP is available here, or paste the address directly in your browser:

Request for Pilot Research Proposals
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:42 AM

Due Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST


The new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) invites investigators to submit proposals for pilot research that addresses key thematic priority areas (detailed below) related to U.S. rural population health and aging trends and disparities. Projects will begin June 1, 2020 and must be completed by May 31, 2021.


U.S. population aging is occurring more rapidly in rural than in urban areas, rural areas are home to disproportionate shares of older and poorer health people, and rural-urban and within rural disparities in health and life expectancy are growing. Slow-moving stressors that have manifested over the past 40 years (e.g., population aging, industrial transformation, rising income inequality, immigration, climate change) and short-term economic, policy, and environmental shocks (e.g., the Great Recession, health care policy changes, natural disasters) affect rural people and places differently than their urban counterparts due to greater concentrations of vulnerable groups, less diversified economies, thinner institutions, and fewer local services in rural areas. However, rural places are not monolithic, and the specific mechanisms driving overall rural declines in health and increasing rural-urban and within-rural disparities are not clear. Moreover, research on intersections between race, rurality, and health and how these factors vary across different U.S. regions (e.g., Appalachia, Delta South, Black Belt, Rio Grande Valley, and Native-American regions) is sparse.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Call for Papers
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 02:22 PM

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites submissions for the 70th Annual Meeting, to be held August 7-9, 2020, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The program theme selected by President Heather M. Dalmage is Bringing the Hope Back In: Sociological Imagination and Dreaming Transformation

The submission deadline is January 31, 2020. SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies.

For more information contact [email protected] or visit

Everyday Chauvinisms The Making of a Mentality in the Urban and Rural Life
Thursday, October 03, 2019 10:59 AM


From June 3 to 6, 2020 will take place in Bergamo (Italy) the 8th Conference of Ethnography and Qualitative Research.

Pietro Saitta (University of Messina) solicit
s contributions, for the following workshop:

Everyday Chauvinisms
The Making of a Mentality in the Urban and Rural Life

The present call for papers solicits either ethnographic or qualitative contributions that investigate the making and the diffusion of a chauvinistic and nostalgic mentality in the life of communities.The proposed papers should pay attention to the intimate aspects of the process of construction of a chauvinistic mentality and put into connection different “worlds of life” (city, country, home, work, school, peer culture, media etc.) in order to show how different elements concur in creating authoritarian personalities and orientations as well as in constituting defensive forms of social cohesion that can operate in both private and public spaces.

Deadlines and submissions:

Authors interested in this initiative should submit an abstract (1,000 words) by
January, 10, 2020 to: [email protected], [email protected]

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