Join us for a series of webinars in which we will explore the contours of a transformative agenda for urban agroecology. In the course of these webinars we will explore concrete ways in which cities need to change if they were to become supportive environments for an agroecology based urban food systems transition.

The webinars seek to bring sustainable food planning and political agroecology into conversation. The webinars are part of the Urbanising in Place project which looks at agroecological food growers as stewards of the food water energy nexus. Urbanising In Place seeks to break with logics of urbanisation that destroy soils and soil life, marginalise farmers, and make urban dwellers dependent on linear and highly commodified food supply chains. Working with communities of practice in London, Brussels, Riga and Rosario, the project defined a programmatic agenda for an agroecological urbanism in the form of 8 building blocks which identify points of articulation between the separate worlds of agroecology and urbanism.

Webinars will start from synthetic presentations of some of the strategies explored within the project. These will be followed by a debate with invited guests pioneering work of inspiration for building an agroecological urbanism.

Research project

Research topic

Farmers and food growers can play a role in managing the urban food-water-energy nexus. Process of urbanization today disable the metabolic agency of urban food growers. ‘Urbanising in place’ seeks to define components of an “agroecological urbanism”: a model of urbanisation which places food, metabolic cycles and an ethics of land stewardship, equality and solidarity at its core. Working with communities of practice in Rosario, Riga, Brussels and London, the project will identify ways of structuring urbanization that value proximity, account for the reproduction of nutrients and soils, mobilize technologies and decommodifi ed value chains in order to keep the control over resources localised.

Funding: SUGI programme

‘Urbanising in place’ is one of the selected projects of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) Food-Water-Energy Nexus, jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. The cooperation was established in order to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. SUGI-FWE Nexus is supported by the European Commission and funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund scheme.

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