Keynote speakers

Some of our plenary speakers:

Emily Mattheisen (FIAN International)

Emily Mattheisen works with FIAN International, an international NGO working to protect and promote the human right to adequate food and nutrition. At FIAN Emily supports the work on human rights accountability and coordinates the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition. Emily also works on the linkages between the Right to Food and the Right to the City, urban and territorial policy and accountability, and prior to working with FIAN, she was also part of technical task team which developed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.

Heather Anderson (Whitmuir Organics/Nourish Scotland)

Heather Anderson, together with her husband, Pete Ritchie, have been running Whitmuir Farm organically since 2000.  In 2006 they diversified their mixed upland beef and sheep farm and opened their first farm shop.  In 2009 they opened a larger farm shop with butchery and cafe and host 3 other businesses on the farm, employing some 30 people. They have campaigned relentlessly for the benefits of organic food production systems and reconnecting people with their food.  They currently operate the 2000m2 project on the farm – which combines community growing, cooking, food waste collection and composting with educational work on the global and local food systems.  Pete is Director of Nourish Scotland, which campaigns to transform the food system in Scotland and Heather is now also a local authority councillor.  Both have advocated land reform and systemic change to the food system in Scotland and played their part in building the case for a Good Food Nation Bill in the Scottish Parliament

Michiel Dehaene (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Michiel Dehaene (1971) (Ph D KULeuven 2002, MAUD 1997 Harvard University, Master Engineer-Architect 1994 KULeuven) is associate professor at the department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, where he teaches courses in urban analysis and design. His work focuses on the epistemology of urbanism, dispersed urbanization, and the grounding of design thinking in urban poltical ecology.

Chiara Tornaghi (Coventry University, UK)

Chiara Tornaghi is a critical human geographer and scholar-activist with a background in politics, sociology and planning. After graduating in Political Science (2001, State University of Milan), she obtained her PhD in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methods (2005, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), and a Postgraduate Certificate in European Spatial Planning (2006, University of Newcastle, UK). Chiara has worked as lecturer and researcher at the University of Leeds (2008-15), TU Vienna (2009-10), University of Milano-Bicocca (2005-08) and Politecnico di Milano (2008). Since 2015 she works at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry (UK) as Research Fellow in Urban Food Sovereignty and Resilience. Her recent work revolves around urban agroecology, food justice, and the politics of urban land. Her most recent publication is: Tornaghi C. (2017) “Urban Agriculture in the food-disabling city: (Re) defining urban food justice, reimagining a politics of empowerment” in the journal Antipode (