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Drawing on a holistic conception of care as a unifying approach to the nurturing of both nature and people, Dr. Marina Change investigates the theory and practice of transformative agroecology as an alternative paradigm to transform the whole food system, which is in crisis both ecologically and socially at all levels from local to global. While there is an increasing recognition of the significance of this alternative paradigm, particularly in rural areas in the Global South, transformative agroecology has lagged behind for urban contexts in Global North.

Taking London as a case study, she is keen to explore how far transformative urban agroecology can serve as a linking principle, bringing together existing agri-food related social movements, including food sovereignty movement, in the interest of building a coherent force for change. More specifically, she seeks the different ways that universities can contribute to these goals. One of them is university public engagement. She has initiated and delivered a series of university public engagement projects at UCL, including Food Junctions at the REVEAL Festival (2010), Foodpaths (2011), The Food Junctions Cookbook (2011); Sandwich Street Café (2013) at the Bloomsbury Festival, and Growing Food in the City (2014) at Focus on the Positive.

Building on these experiences, at CAWR, she endeavours to the co-construction of an integrative experiment – incorporating research, education, community development, public policy and enterprise – by creating a living lab for transformative urban agroecology at the Calthorpe Project, King’s Cross, London, in collaboration with multi-stakeholders involved.

Vision Statement

Care is my ‘attitude’, ‘orientation’ and ‘worldview’. My construction of care covers associated core values such as democracy, justice, diversity, co-existence and aesthetics, towards multiple finalities of care-receivers, ranging from humans, society, life, nature, history and the world.

With care as the core, my research adopts a transdisciplinary and action-oriented approach, which embodies the value of diverse ways of knowing and different types of knowledge systems, including scientific and other academic-based disciplines, as well as experiential, local, and indigenous wisdom.

Driven by a commitment to strengthen the role of universities as key sites for knowledge and education, critical thinking and social responsibility, my research aims to develop new modes of co-operation and innovation between universities and society and far beyond.

Education/Academic qualification

Development Planning , Doctorate, University College London

Urban Studies , MSc, University College London

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Research Output 2017 2018

  • 7 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Anthology or Edited Book
3 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

Reconciling economic viability and socio-ecological aspirations in London urban microfarms

Chang, M. & Morel, K., Feb 2018, In : Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 38, 1, 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
economic sustainability
urban agriculture
4 Citations (Scopus)
53 Downloads (Pure)

Translating agroecology into policy: the case of France and the UK

Ajates Gonzalez, R., Thomas, J. & Chang, M., 17 Aug 2018, In : Sustainability. 10, 19 p., 2930.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
public policy
policy studies

Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system

Anderson, C. (ed.), Buchanan, C. (ed.), Wakeford, T. (ed.), Chang, M. (ed.) & Sanchez Rodriguez, J. (ed.), 9 Nov 2017, Coventry: Coventry University. 445 p. (Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access

Activities 2014 2015

  • 10 Participation in conference

Community Food Growers Network Annual Summer Gathering

Marina Chang (Speaker)
29 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

first workshop of Creating a living lab for community food initiatives at the Calthorpe Project

Marina Chang (Speaker)
17 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Workshop of Agribusiness vs. Agroecology

Marina Chang (Speaker)
9 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Workshop of Science, Technology and Innovation Systems: Dynamics, Governance and Public Policy,

Marina Chang (Speaker)
3 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

UCL Circular Economy Lab (CircEL) workshop

Marina Chang (Speaker)
2 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference