Institutionalization of participatory food system research: encouraging reflexivity and collective relational learning.

Barbara Van Dyck, Vankeerberghen Audrey, Emmanuel Massart, Noémie Maughan, Marjolein Visser

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This paper draws on an ongoing experience of supporting participatory action research for sustainable food systems in Brussels. To share our insights and identify learnings from this ex-perience, we bring together discussions in the literature on the development of an urban food systems perspective on agroecology, the institutionalization of agroecology and of participa-tory action research. We show how stimulating reflexivity and collective relational learning, hold promises as a strategy for resisting the potential drawbacks of the institutionalization of partici-patory food system research.
Este artículo examina nuestra experiencia como miembros de un colectivo de apoyo y acom-pañamiento de varios proyectos de investigación-acción participativa de sistemas alimentarios sostenibles en la ciudad de Bruselas. Nuestra lectura se basa en discusiones y debates en torno a una perspectiva de sistemas alimentarios urbanos sobre agroecología, institucionalización de agroecología y de la investigación-acción participativa. Con esta discusión queremos explorar de que forma estimular la reflexividad y el aprendizaje colectivo y relacional, ofrece una estrategia prometedora para resistir las desventajas de institucionalización de la investigación participativa del sistema alimentario.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Article accepted for publication on 3rd March 2019 and first published online 26th June 2019. Issue date for Volume back-dated to 2018 despite appearing in 2019.


  • participatory action research
  • transdisciplinarity
  • sustainable food systems
  • reflexivity


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