Skip to main content

Feeding London: Food, Politics and the City


Monday 06 September - Saturday 11 September 2021, 11am-6pm

12 sessions - Check class timetable


Our Feeding London: Food, Politics and the City short course provides you with a fascinating and intensive academic introduction to pressing issues of food politics in London. We offer you both intellectual and practical perspectives on questions concerning supply chains, food inequalities, waste, urban food identities and practices, as well as the history, politics and sociology of eating and drinking in London.

Our expert lecturers and guest speakers will cover the main conceptual and theoretical debates on food, politics and the city, while site visits to gin palaces, museums and community food gardens, among other places, will bring alive these discussions in specific settings across London.

Our syllabus for this course plans to cover the following:

  • Growing: London as global food city - wholesale markets, urban agriculture
  • Buying: food choices, shopping, food deserts, food and health inequalities, supermarket power, retail markets
  • Cooking: migration, home-cooking, domestic appliances technology, sexual division of labour, kitchen work, celebrity cook
  • Eating: restaurants, identities (ethnicity), distinction, civilising process fast-food and food to go
  • Drinking: pubs, gin palaces, breweries, alcohol, biopolitics
  • Wasting: food and global heating, sewage, supply chains/carbon footprint, recycling

This postgraduate-level course will be of interest to many, including freelance journalists, private cooks and independent researchers. As a professional working in the hospitality industry or food and beverage retail, or in the public or voluntary sector, you may also find this course useful for your continuing professional development (CPD).

You will need to have some basic background knowledge in social sciences and/or humanities. If you already have an undergraduate degree you can use this course as a taster for our MSc in Food, Politics and Society or undergraduate-level food-related courses.

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.