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Cover of the Special Issue Planning food system transitions (source: UARFS 2022)

Special Issue “Planning food system transitions” out now !

We are happy to inform you that our Special Issue Planning food system transitions is now finalized and published in Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems (Wiley).

Here you find the link to the full special issue (open access):

This Special Issue has grown out of selected contributions to the 9th International AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference held at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain from the 6th to the 9th of November 2019. A main concern of the Special Issue is to reflect on planning instruments and processes as levers of the required public support toward territorialized food systems, diversified agroecological production, local logistic and retail infrastructures, adapted technologies, and the new organization of an envisioned closed-loop cycle from food production to food waste recycling. Three major thematic fields are addressed:

(1) urban and regional governance and planning,
(2) food democracy and
(3) agroecological transition.

The Special Issue helps to shape the discourse by underpinning that (and how) sustainable urban food planning can address power inequalities and facilitate emancipatory planning practices. It highlights the structural changes necessary—from the allotment garden to the infrastructural landscape, from the urban individual to national governments—for food justice to become a driver of societal change and transformation. In ten chapters, it presents insights and experiences from China, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, and the United States on how a critical and visionary food debate has moved—and still is moving—to the centre stage of planning discourses in many urban communities and local councils.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all authors and reviewers who have contributed their time and effort to make this Special Issue possible.

Best regards,
Katrin Bohn, Marian Simon-Rójo and Kathrin Specht


For more information on the Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems journal see here.

For more information about the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group see here.

Image: Cover of the Special Issue Planning food system transitions (source: UARFS 2022)

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Katrin Bohn • 29th April 2022

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