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Talking Economics: Food Supply and Inflation

Festival of Economics

Watershed  |  £5 – £10

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Why is the price of food so high and what role does international trade play in supporting UK food security? Our panel of experts discuss the complex nature of food supply and inflation in the UK.

We’re all seeing the price of our weekly shop escalate beyond recognition, and hearing endless chatter about the cost-of-living crisis in the House of Commons. But why has this all happened? We have invited a panel of economists and industry experts to discuss the nuts and bolts of the international network of food supply in the wake of Brexit and shifting trade deals. 

To bring in-depth economic analysis, Ha-Joon Chang (author of Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World) and Swati Dhingra come from the world of economics research and education, as experts on the subject at SOAS and LSE respectively. Dhingra will call on her expertise in the fields of international economics and trade policy for this conversation. Joining them are Jean-Michel Grand, executive director of Action Against Hunger UK and Melanie Vaxevanakis, founder of The MAZI Project, a Bristol based charity empowering marginalised young people through food. Chris Giles, economics commentator at the Financial Times, will chair the panel. 

Economics Observatory

This event is supported by the Economics Observatory.


Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists.

Swati Dhingra is an Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Jean-Michel Grand is the executive director of Action Against Hunger UK, a position he has held since 2003.

Chris Giles

Chris Giles is an economics commentator at the Financial Times, having previously served as economics editor since 2004.

Melanie Vaxevanakis is an activist and the founder of The MAZI Project, a Bristol based charity empowering marginalised young people through food.

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