The challenges of governing urban food production across four European city-regions: identity, sustainability and governance

Reed, Matt ORCID: 0000-0003-1105-9625, Mettepenningen, Evy, Swagemakers, Paul, Dominguez Garcia, M D, Jahrl, Ingrid and Koopmans, Marlinde E (2018) The challenges of governing urban food production across four European city-regions: identity, sustainability and governance. Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems, 3 (1). pp. 1-10. doi:10.2134/urbanag2016.11.0006

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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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban Food Production; Sustainability; Governance; REF2021
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Matthew Reed
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 14:38
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 12:32

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