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.


Recent 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 2008-2019

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2020 events 


Note on Covid-19: 

"Due to the pandemic, many live events have sadly had to be cancelled or postponed. I shall do my best to keep the list as up to date as possible, including news of webinars and live interviews that will replace some of the events. Meanwhile, stay well and I hope to see you the other side to discuss how thinking and acting through food can help us recover!"


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January 6: French Ministry of Agriculture, Paris  


January 9: The Neverending Park, Hof van Busleyden Museum, Mechelen, Belgium


February 16: Sunday Times Life Lessons, Barbican, London


February 20: Debate on the Future of Food, Royal Geographical Society, London


March 4: Sitopia launch, London


March 5: Future of Food Debate, Rothschild & Co, London

Postponed due to C-19


March 7: ‘Can Technology Deliver a Sustainable Future?' 

Shape the World Festival, London School of Economics, London 

Postponed due to C-19


March 12: Talk on Sitopia at Libreria Bookshop, Spitalfields, London

Postponed due to C-19


March 16: Guardian Live Event, Conway Hall, London

Postponed due to C-19

March 18: Food Waste Fest 2020, Brussels 

Postponed due to C-19


March 19: Unesco Smart Cities Conference, Paris

Postponed due to C-19 


March 21: Trained on Veda event, Thamesmead, London

Postponed due to C-19


March 25-26: Floriade Dialogues Summit: Changemakers in Food, Almere, Netherlands

Postponed due to C-19

March 30: Google talk, London

Postponed due to C-19


March 31: Food Ethics Council, Kings Cross Hub, London

Postponed due to C-19 

April 1-3: Informed Cities Forum, Lucca, Italy

Postponed due to C-19, however there was a live webinar on 2nd April. 

April 7: Food Future Event, Utrecht

Postponed due to C-19

April 7: Pakhuis de Zwiger, Amsterdam

Postponed due to C-19


April 18: Cambridge Literary Festival 

Postponed due to C-19


April 20: U3A, Dulwich, London 

Postponed due to C-19 - rescheduled to July 14

April 20, 5-6pm: Architecture Foundation '100 Day Studio' Live webinar


April 28: U+I Think, London

Postponed due to C-19 but replaced with live webinar


April 29: 5x15, Notting Hill, London

Postponed due to C-19

May 1: Nottingham University (Royal Geographical Society Lecture)

Postponed due to C-19


May 4: Sitopia launch event (with Trine Hahnemann), Politikken, Copenhagen

Postponed due to C-19 


May 12: ‘How Food Can Save the World’, British library, London

Postponed due to C-19


May 14: Manchester University (Royal Geographical Society Lecture)

Postponed due to C-19


May 18: Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol 

Postponed due to C-19


May 20: YPO event, London

Cancelled due to C-19

May 26: talk for La Foresta

May 28: talk for FoodSHIFT 2030

June 3: Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, New York City 

Postponed due to C-19

June 4-5: Big Meet Foodtech Conference, Stockholm

June 8: talk for Terroir

June 10: talk for Holy Tisch

June 15: debate for Ellen MacArthur Foundation


June 17-19: Norman Foster Foundation 2020 Forum, Madrid

Cancelled due to C-19 


June 27-29: Big Book Festival, Warsaw - moved to online interview on August 30

June 30: interview and debate for the Food Ethics Council

July 7: talk for The Chef's Manifesto


July 10: keynote speech for The Landscape Institute

July 10 to August 2: symposiast and chair at the Oxford Food Symposium

July 14: talk for U3A Dulwich

July 20: talk for the Royal College of Art

July 21: talk for the University of Coventry Agriculture Society

July 23: debate at DBS Bank's Asian Insights Conference 2020, Singapore

July 29: debate at British Council Forum

July 30: lecture for Royal Geographical Society, Hong Kong

August 20: Edinburgh Book Festival 

Postponed due to C-19

August 30: interview for Big Book Festival, Warsaw, Poland

September 15: interview with Sheila Dillon for Abergavenny Food Festival 

September 17: talk for Holy Tisch Future of Food Convention, Munich

September 29: talk for British Library Food Season


October 15-16: Space for Food Conference, Lisbon

Postponed due to C-19

October 18-20: Food on the Edge, Galway

Postponed due to C-19

October 23: Wells Festival of Literature, Somerset

October 31-November 2: Beautiful Business Forum, Lisbon

Postponed due to C-19

November 12: Meaning 2020, Brighton

Postponed due to C-19