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Industrial Animal Agriculture in the Polycrisis Era

A flyer for the CRILS event "Industrial animal agriculture in the Polycrisis Era" on 16 April in Camden.
Royal Veterinary College, Camden, London, UK
Event date
Event time
17:45 BST

Organiser's description:

Join the Critical Research on Industrial Livestock Systems (CRILS) Network for an evening of talks and a discussion on the state of industrial animal agriculture in the context of intersecting crises. If poorly governed, industrial livestock and aquaculture systems exert unsustainable pressures on communities and the environment. What role does industrial animal agriculture play in this era of multiple crises, including rapidly accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss, deteriorating public health, rising rates of forced and undignified labour and political instability and militarisation? How can we reconsider the entangled nature of multi-species connections between people, farmed animals, and nature in this context?

Drawing on research and fieldwork expertise across marine and terrestrial food systems governance and labour theory, our speakers will explore these issues in-depth, followed by a discussion in response to audience QnA. Doors will open from 17:00. Talks will commence at 17:50 and will be followed by a reception with drinks and snacks.

Speakers Announced

  • Alex Blanchette is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and a visiting fellow in the Animal Law and Public Policy Program at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm and the co-editor of How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor on a Troubled Planet.
  • Christina Hicks is Professor of Environmental Social Sciences in the Political Ecology Group at Lancaster University’s Environment Centre. Hicks’s research addresses ocean governance and the relationships people form with nature, the environment and food. She was recently awarded a Pew fellowship, to investigate links between international finance and overfishing in East and West Africa. (Hicks is the 2019 winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Geography, and the 2022 RGS Gill Memorial Award).

This event will take place at the Royal Veterinary College - Camden Campus located on Royal College Street, London, UK.

Estimated Agenda:

  • 17:45-18:00 Arrival and Registration
  • 18:00-19:30 Keynote Speeches and Audience QnA
  • 19:30-20:30: Drinks Reception

If you have access needs, please contact the CRILS Network at so we can make the suitable arrangements.