Carolyn has given talks and seminars on her concept of sitopia in a wide variety of contexts all over the world.


From her Food and the City lecture series at the School of Architecture at Cambridge University (2002 to 2012) to her 2009 TED talk and beyond, she has explored the broadest possible range of insights and implications of thinking through food with national and civic governments, national and international institutions and across a broad range of fields within academia, industry and the arts.


Previous engagements include The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (Rome), The U.S. Green Building Council (NYC), Princeton University (New Jersey), Domus Academy (Milan), The Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (Rotterdam), TEDx Danubia (Budapest), The Rio+20 Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro), The Design Council UK (London), The Royal College of Art (London), The V&A (London), ‘We Make the City’ (Amsterdam), The Swedish Architecture Association (Stockholm), The City of Barcelona, The MAS Museum (Antwerp), the French Ministry of Agriculture (Paris), The Slow Food University (Pollenzo), The Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Danish Ministry of Agriculture Food Summit (Copenhagen). 


Carolyn takes a cultural and spatial approach to a range of topics including sustainable food systems, the urban-rural relationship, the evolution of cities, regenerative agriculture, the value and culture of food, the history of cooking and kitchen design, the politics and economics of food and how these impact on local and global questions of equity and ecology.  


Carolyn welcomes invitations from organisations keen to learn more about the power of seeing and acting through food and how that might benefit their existing work and everyday lives. She is equally happy talking with or without slides and to work with large or small groups of any kind. Her future events schedule is listed below and will be kept as up to date as possible.


To discuss availability and fees:

Events 2022

1st January 2022

Interview with Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

El Pais

24th January 2022


Private talk and debate with Borough Market Trustees

Borough Market

1st February 2022

Private lecture for MSc Gastronomy course

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

3rd February 2022

Keynote, Sustainable Cities Conference

Södertälje District, Sweden

6th February 2022

Private lecture for ETH, Berlin

ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich

9th February 2022

Solutions Solidaires Day

Gironde Region, France

12th February 2022


Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food

University of Amsterdam

16th February 2022


Keynote at AMS Institute's conference 'Reinventing the City'

AMS Institute

24th February 2022


Debate on the Future of Food + book signing

Ground Control, Paris

11th March 2022

Private lecture, Drivers of Change Workshop

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland

11th April 2022



Gastronomy Summit 2022

11th June 2022



Manchester Histories Festival

8th July 2022


Symposiast and co-host, Oxford Food Symposium

Oxford Food Symposium