From 2 July 2018 09:30 to 13 July 2018 17:00

Utrecht University’s Summerschool Program

Food Politics in the European Union

Food Politics in the European Union is a two week summer course where you study the politics and policies of food issues in Europe. The course provides an overview of the key themes that drive the food politics agenda such as environmental pollution, overfishing, animal welfare, health and obesity, food security and food safety.


Unique combination of the study of food and politics: this is the only course that provides a comprehensive overview of the major food issues with  an analysis of the way national and EU law and politics can address these.

Taught by a wide range of food politics experts: such as dr. Herman Lelieveldt (University College Roosevelt), prof. Dr. Jale Tosun (University of Heidelberg), dr Jeroen Candel (Wageningen University), dr Tetty Havinga (Radboud University Nijmegen) and dr. Iskander de Bruycker (University of Antwerp).

Excursions connect theory with practice: to find out how food politics works out in practice we make a day long excursion to farms in Zeeland and one to the EU institutions in Brussels. We also make an early morning excursion to the Vlissingen Fish auction.

Excellent evaluations: Previous editions of these course have scored a 9 on a scale from 1-10. Students mention 'the quality and variety of the classes and trips', 'inspiring guest lecturers' and 'coherence of the program' as strong points.


Students interested in food issues and policy making, including the respective roles of the EU and national governments.

Food professionals wanting to learn more about the impact of politics and policy-making on food production and consumption.

People working in or studying food law interested in learning more about the forces that that shape food policy and law.



COURSE LEVEL:  Advanced bachelor/master.

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Herman Lelieveldt, University College Roosevelt

STUDY LOAD: Two seminars per day. The first from 9:30-12:30 and the second from 14:00-17:00. Wednesdays are reserved for the excursions.

LOCATION: University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, the Netherlands

PERIOD: 02 July 2018 – 13 July 2018

CREDITS: 4.0 ECTS, with optional exam

COURSE FEE: € 695 (Course + course materials)

HOUSING: Housing in student dorms is available upon request


Start date and time
2 July 2018 09:30
End date and time
13 July 2018 17:00
Entrance fee
695€ (Course + course materials)