The Modus Operandi of Urban Agriculture Initiatives

Toward a Conceptual Framework

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Abstract

Urban agriculture (UA) has turned into a diverse and complex movement. Important challenges will be to set accurate expectations by civil society in relation to UA development, and to find ways to discuss UA in governance and collaboration networks from an aggregate point of view. However, analytical tools that allow comprehensive study of UA initiatives (UAIs) are absent. This article elaborates on a conceptual framework from the COST Action Urban Agriculture Europe (Prové et al. 2015) and evaluates findings that result from applying the framework to four UAIs. We found that, analytically, the framework generates in-depth information on UAIs, and argue that it can be a useful tool in networks that are responsible for collaboration, support, or governance within the UA movement. We also discuss its usability issues and discuss future research.

Contributor Notes

Charlotte Prové is a PhD student at ILVO, Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries, and food, in Merelbeke, Belgium, and at Ghent University, Belgium. She holds a double MSc in sociology and nutrition and rural development. Her research focuses on governance processes of urban agriculture from a city perspective. She puts special emphasis on environmental justice issues related to urban agriculture development. E-mail: Charlotte.prove@gmail.com

Denise Kemper is a research staff member at the Regionalverband Ruhr, a regional association of the municipalities in the metropolitan area Ruhr. She graduated in geography, with a minor in socioeconomics in rural areas and nature conservation. Her focus is on land management and cooperative production of space related to urban agriculture. E-mail: denisekemper@posteo.de

Salma Loudiyi is Assistant Professor in geography at VetAgro Sup – campus agronomique de Clermont, France. She holds a double MSc in geography and economics and a PhD in social geography. Her research focuses on place-based governance of urban agriculture and food. She is mainly working on the emergence at the local scale of food policies in France and the United States (Vermont). E-mail: Salma.loudiyi@vetagro-sup.fr

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