September 2020, Conference, Royal Anthropological Institute

Conference title: The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future: Presenting two papers on Edible Maps and the use of maps as a tool for UA.

1. The word on the street: go-along interviews, walking, and imaginary maps as a tool for visioning and implementing urban agriculture at a neighbourhood level.  

2. Occupying and experiencing the map: the map and diagram as tools to reveal urban food futures  


Professor Andre Viljoen (University of Brighton)
Dr Mikey Tomkins (University of Brighton)

Selected presentations, exhibition and conferences.

June 2019, Edible Walks and exhibition in Shieldfield, Newcastle, UK

A seven day series of walks in Shieldfield, exploring the cities potential for urban agriculture. Supported by Shieldfield Art Works.

May-July 2019, an exhibition at Shieldfield Art Works, Newcastle 

As part of the launch of Shieldfield Art Works, I am exhibiting an Edible Map of Shieldfield and running a series of Edible Walks.

March 2019, presentation, the launch of Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland

I became involved with Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland in 2018. This event introduced the project to the town’s people.

Anthropologists of Eating, 2018

Speaker at an evening panel discussion “The Gift and Vulnerability of Seeds”, urban agriculture with a screening of Seed: The Untold Story. Supported by British Land and organised by Anthropologists of Eating

December 2017, an exhibition at the Depot Cinema, Lewes, UK

Exhibition of photographs exploring my UA work in Iraq

World Humanitarian Summit

Presented the work of the Lemon Tree Trust at a stall at the summit. The United Nations World Humanitarian Summit was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23 and 24, 2016. The summit was an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and was organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

April 2016, presentation, Plastique fantastic: After London. Horse Hospital, UK

Plastique Fantastique is a London based art group active from 2004–present envisaged as a group of human and inhuman avatars delivering communiqués from the extreme past and the future.

January 2016, lecture, CAT, Welsh Institute of Science and Education

The lecture formed part of the master’s degree in architecture, looking at the role of urban agriculture and sustainable cities.

September 2015, Edible walks in Peterborough, UK

A seven day series of walks in Peterborough, UK, exploring the cities potential for urban agriculture. Commissioned by The Green Backyard in conjunction with art organisation Metal’s harvest festival.

July 2015, Humanitarian Innovation Conference, Oxford University, UK

Presentation: Mapping for Humanitarian Innovation. Approaches and methods for mapping urban agriculture.

July 2015, Humanitarian Innovation Conference, Oxford University, UK

Presentation: Refugee communities in Dallas: Developing community-based urban agriculture.

May 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newbridge Gallery, UK

Exhibiting the Edible Map of Newcastle and artist-led walks around the city as part of the Urban Organisms event May- June 2015.

May 2014, Hadlow College, UK

Future cities: designing for sustainability. A joint event between Hadlow College and Greenwich University. Keynote presentation on food and cities. I TOOK A BREAK IN 2013 TO COMPLETE PHD THESIS

March 2012, London, UK

Eco Build conference. Seminar: Sustainability & the City
Presentation Title: Mapping 25 hectares of edible landscape in Hackney

May 2012: Houten, Netherlands

Workshop on UA at the Makebijde architecture centre, Houten organised by Project Dig, Netherlands.
Keynote speech on UA potential in Global North including qualitative analysis of how people use space in cities.

June 2012, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

Royal Geographical Society launch event for the Discovering Britain series of walks around the UK ( Presentation of Hackney edible work. (

April 2011: Seixal, Portugal

International conference on urban agriculture and sustainability. Organized in partnership with the National School of Public Health, New University of Lisbon and Support Group for Sustainable Development of Agriculture’s Urban Agrarian School of Coimbra.

May 2011: Copenhagen, Denmark

Urban agriculture conference, Copenhagen House of Food. Keynote speech on UA in London and its potential

July 2010: UN, Rome, Italy

CSO Regional Consultation for Europe, Central and West Asia on FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Land and Natural Resource Tenure
Invitation to contribute on FAO voluntary guidelines for Land and Natural Resource Tenure.

October 2010, Brighton, UK

Event: AESOP (Brighton) 2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference
Presentation of PhD research on community food growing in London.

2010 – 2011, residency, Space Gallery East London, UK

As part of the Permaculture residencies, I draw the Edible Map of Hackney, as well as ran walks in both 2010 and 2011.

May 2009, Building Centre, London, UK

Urban agriculture exhibition entitled “London Yields”.Exhibited the Edible map of Croydon and the rooftop project The Garden in the Sky. Presentation of PhD research and closing event.

October 2009: Reading International Solidarity Centre

“Finding the plot: access to land for food growing groups in Urban Areas”. Organised by Women’s Environment Network and Local Action on Food. Presentation on quantitative mapping of urban space for food production.