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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Urban Food Governance

ISBN 9780367518004
Published October 20, 2022 by Routledge
506 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Food Governance is the first collection to reflect on and compile the currently dispersed histories, concepts and practices involved in the increasingly popular field of urban food governance.

Unpacking the power of urban food governance and its capacity to affect lives through the transformation of cities and the global food system, the Handbook is structured into five parts. The first part focuses on histories of urban food governance to trace the historical roots of current dynamics and provide an impetus for the critical lens on urban food governance threaded through the Handbook. The second part presents a broad overview of the different frames, theories and concepts that have informed urban food governance scholarship. Drawing on the previous parts, part three engages with the practice of urban food governance by analysing plans, policies and programmes implemented in different contexts. Part four presents current knowledge on how urban food governance involves different agencies that operate across scales and sectors. The final part asks key figures in this field what the future holds for urban food governance in the midst of pressing societal and environmental challenges. Containing chapters written by emerging and established scholars, as well as practitioners, the Handbook provides a state of the art, global and diverse examination of the role of cities in delivering sustainable and secure food outcomes, as well as providing refreshed theoretical and practical tools to understand and transform urban food governance to enact more sustainable and just futures.

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Food Governance will be essential reading for students, scholars, practitioners and policymakers interested in food governance, urban studies, sustainable food and agriculture, and sustainable living more broadly.

Table of Contents

  1. Towards urban food governance for more sustainable and just futures
  2. Ana Moragues-Faus, Jill K. Clark, Jane Battersby and Anna Davies

    Section 1: Histories of Urban Food Governance

  3. The Role of Food Systems in Shaping Western Civilisation
  4. Carolyn Steel

  5. Urban change and the multi-scalar politics of food systems in colonial Africa
  6. James Duminy

  7. The historical role of cities in recursively shaping global food systems: Southeast Asia
  8. Gisèle Yasmeen

    Section 2: Frames, theories and concepts of urban food governance

  9. Social practice theories and urban food governance: from problem framing to designing collaborative change initiatives
  10. Marlyne Sahakian and Stefan Wahlen

  11. Feminist Ethics of Care in Urban Food Governance
  12. Miriam J. Williams and Emma L. Sharp

  13. Urban food democracy
  14. Basil Bornemann and Sabine Weiland

  15. Governing and communing activities around urban food commons

Oona Morrow

9. Justice, Race, and Urban Food Governance

Julian Agyeman, Alison Alkon and Alexandra Duprey

10. Conceptualisations of urban food governance

Jess Halliday

11. Exploring Urban Foodscapes via Feminist Political Ecology

Alice Hovorka

12. Innovation theory and urban food governance: transition thinking, social innovation and transformative change

Damian Maye, Daniel Keech and Matt Reed

Section 3: Practicing urban food governance

13. Relationships between Food Policy Councils and Government in the United States

Karen Bassarab, Raychel Santo and Anne Palmer

14. Food Policy Councils and governance partnerships in African urban contexts

Gareth Haysom and Paul Currie

15. Conceptualizing and Exploring U.S. Urban Food Policy

Jill K. Clark and Aiden Irish

16. Strategies for institutionalizing food systems planning

Lesli Hoey

17. Public Procurement as a Tool in Urban Food Governance in Brazil

Luciene Burlandy, Cecilia Rocha and Patricia Camacho Dias

18. Can Participatory Budgeting Be a Tool in Urban Food Governance

Cecilia Rocha and Luciene Burlandy

19. The Formal and Informal Governance of Urban Food Waste in Cities: Case Studies in the United States and Indonesia

Daniel Warshawsky and Tammara Soma

20. Perspective from an African city: Food market governance in Dar es Salaam

Marc C. A. Wegerif and Luitfred Kissoly

21. Urban Agriculture Practice, Policy, and Governance

Lauren Baker, James Kuhns and Joe Nasr

Section 4: Scales and agencies in urban food governance

22. The role of the private sector in urban food governance

Scott Drimie

23. Governing Urban Land for Community Food Cultivation

Kirsten Valentine Cadieux

24. Why small towns matter: rural-urban linkages and food systems in the Global South

Cecilia Tacoli

25. The City Region Food System Approach: Broadening the space for urban governance

Alison Blay-Palmer, Jess Halliday, Guido Santini, Joy Carey, Roman Malec, Makiko Taguchi, Rene van Veenhuizen, and Laine Young

26. International Agendas and Urban Food System Governance: Informing, integrating and operationalizing the SDGs

Thomas Forster, Florence Egal and Ana Puhac

27. Role of transnational city food networks in supporting urban food transformation.

Thierry Giordano

Section 5: Urban food governance futures

28. Towards Governance for Open Urban Food Futures

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Sara Heitlinger, Alex Taylor, Viktor Bedö

29. Embedding futures in urban food governance: participatory foresight in Eindhoven and Kyoto

Aniek Hebinck, Joost Vervoort, Astrid Mangnus and Steven R. McGreevy

30. More-than-Human Computer Interaction for Urban Food Governance

Sara Heitlinger, Lara Houston, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Alex Taylor and Ruth Catlow

31. A brief history of speculative design and urban food governance

Serena Pollastri

32. Towards good food landscapes: The intrinsic links between continuous productive urban landscapes and food governance

Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen

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Ana Moragues-Faus is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona.

Jill K. Clark is Associate Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Jane Battersby is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town.

Anna Davies is Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin.


"Cities are emerging powerhouses of food systems transformation. The Handbook of Urban Food Governance takes readers on a journey through a plethora of examples, providing a diversity of ideas of how to govern cities for better food systems. Recommended for anyone looking for a sense of hope and possibility."

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

"Anyone interested in urban development and food systems transformation will treasure this book, which is a unique resource for understanding the crucial issue of urban food governance, and get inspired from various practices and innovative and inclusive forms of collaborative food governance."

Cecilia Marocchino, Urban Food Agenda Coordinator, FAO, Rome

"The Handbook of Urban Food Governance provides readers with frameworks and examples of how cities around the globe are redefining food governance. Those interested in more equitable sub-national food policy – such as urban planners – will find the book especially useful in guiding professional practice."

Professor Samina Raja, Urban and Regional Planning and Director, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab