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.


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Events 2008-2020

2021 events

All lectures are online unless otherwise stated.

January 12: talk for Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses 

January 13: talk for CUBE (Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies)  

January 21: Oxford Food Symposium Kitchen Table co-host - Kamal Mouzawak, Souk el Tayeb

January 26: private 'book club' session with London School of Architects


January 27: talk at ETH Zurich 

February 2: private lecture for MSc Gastronomy course, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

February 4: Fieldwork Book Club

February 5: keynote at Super Agro Conference, Montpelier

February 9: lecture: Master in Food Design, Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Lisbon

February 16: debate on the Future of Food Growing in Cities, Savills

February 22: private talk for UIMP, Barcelona


February 18: private talk for Hague Hogeschool

February 25: Fieldfare Book Club


March 3: private talk and debate on Sitopia, Rothschild's Bank

March 23: Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery Kitchen Table: co-host of discussion with David R Montgomery and Anne Biklé 


March 30: Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership, private lecture


April 14: World Union of Wholesale Markets – Private lecture and debate

April 21: Borough Market – Debate 


April 22: &And Festival, Leuven – Keynote

May 17: live interview with Vitamin T, Flanders

June 2: Sweden FoodTech Big Meet, Stockholm – Debate with Stockholm Mayor Anna König Jerlmyr

June 8: lecture at Columbia University 

June 16: Urban Food Conference, Rotterdam 

June 17: Dublin Eat the Streets – evening talk


July 2: Also Festival, Somerset UK – keynote and workshop (live)


July 6: Mercabana University, Barcelona – lecture


July 9-11: Oxford Food Symposium – co-host


July 20: Oxford Food Symposium – co-host


September 6: Madrid Technical University – lecture


September 7: Hague Hotelschool – lecture

September 8: keynote at International Food Symposium, Ulster

September 15: keynote at 2nd Biennial Conference on Food and Communication, Ljubljana

September 22-28: visiting researcher at Aeres University, Almere


October 5: keynote for Superilla Barcelona


October 14: keynote for City Development Forum, Poznan


November 2: lecture for Francis Holland School, London


November 4: keynote for Sustainable Food Symposium, Maastricht


November 3: keynote for 3rd International Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics, Ankara


November 10: keynote for Corriere della Sera, Milan


November 11: keynote for Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) conference on ‘Region’


November 13: keynote for Night of Discoveries Conference, Leiden


November 26: keynote for New Rurality Forum, Valencia


December 9: lecture for EPFL University, Zurich