4 February 2016 -new FRC report: School Neighbourhoods and Young People’s Food Choices

There is a new paper on the Food Research Collaboration website – Within Arm’s Reach: School Neighbourhoods and Young People’s Food Choices, written by Jan Moorhouse, Ariadne Kapetanaki and Wendy Wills.

You can download the paper here

The website has the following summary:

‘What factors underpin young people’s food and drink purchases in the vicinity of schools, on the way to and from school, and during the school day? There has been much written about school meals and their impact on children’s health but in this briefing paper we focus on the factors that inform food and drink purchasing by young people in the vicinity of school. This paper presents the state of knowledge concerning the school neighbourhood food and drink environment and its potential impact on young people’s food and drink choices.

In recent years much has been done to improve school meals and the limited availability of some popular but less healthy foods in secondary schools may have resulted in unintended consequences. Many young people are turning to fast food outlets, supermarkets and convenience stores outside school to buy their lunch, which can represent 23% of their daily food intake. Peer pressure coupled with perceptions that eating healthily isn’t ‘cool’ may also be contributory factors.

The researchers involved in this study argue that food outlets could offer ‘supersize’ promotions for healthy foods and not just for items such as crisps and sugary drinks to help drive down obesity. School cafeterias should provide a better dining experience – a crucial factor in improving young people’s food purchasing habits. Their need to be with friends is of vital importance and cafeterias need to do more to be seen as an acceptable social space, whilst promoting ‘tasty’ rather than ‘healthy’ food’.


13 May 2015 – Marketplaces as urban development strategies: a workshop in Rome Esquilino Market

There is going to be an open workshop (open to the public and in the public marketplace) about how to improve the New Esquilino Market in Rome as part of the Rome Biennial of Public Space.

·      May 20th, 2015, 9:00 – 15:00, Via Principe Amedeo 184, Rome

The workshop is a collaboration between groups in Amsterdam, Delft and Rome and the organizers say:

This one-day event aims to re-think the role of marketplaces in supporting public life of today’s cities from several aspects: How do marketplaces create a vivid public space? How can they work as inclusive places for economically vulnerable groups? How can they enhance place identities? How do they transform neighborhoods where they are located?

The workshop consists of a guided Field Trip in Nuovo Mercato Esquilino, followed by a World Café Session, where local and international experts will reflect on the existing problems that the market faces. The workshop is free and open to the public.

You can read more about the workshop, which also has Prof Sophie Watson as a speaker,  here  and here

Organising committee: Freek Janssens (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands); Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology / Urban4, the Netherlands); and Maria Grazia Montella (La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy).