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The Challenges of Governing Urban Food Production across Four European City-Regions: Identity, Sustainability and Governance

Reed, M.; Mettepenningen, E.; Swagemakers, P.; Dolores Dominguez Garcia, M.; Jahrl, I. and Koopmans, M. E. (2018) The Challenges of Governing Urban Food Production across Four European City-Regions: Identity, Sustainability and Governance. Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems, 3, pp. 1-10.

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Summary

The development of food production in cities has raised some important questions about the governance of these activities and the role of city-regions. In this paper through four European case studies– Bristol (UK), Ghent (Belgium), Vigo (Spain), and Zurich (Switzerland) –we consider the ways in which food is governed at the city level. Our case studies demonstrate the role played by citizens in urban food and the challenges this brings to city-region governance. Through horizontal networking, being inspirational to other cities and citizens,communicating their demands and successes very clearly, urban food activists have raised significant questions about how cities are governed. Using the creation of localized identities, which are inclusive and embracing but rooted in their city, these food activists are looking to a future controlled by a democratic impulse rather than the technocracy of professional city managers. This paper uses a range of Weberian influenced theory to explore the topic of urban agriculture not as one simply about environmental performance but of the construction of new civic identities.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:City-region food system, multi-level governance, Urban areas, Urbane Räume, SUPURBFOOD
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Rural sociology
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:312126
DOI:10.2134/urbanag2016.11.0006
Deposited By: Jahrl, Ingrid
ID Code:33501
Deposited On:06 Aug 2018 07:42
Last Modified:06 Aug 2018 07:43
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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