Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism: Political, Transformational and Territorial Dimensions

Chiara Tornaghi (Editor), Michiel Dehaene (Editor)

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This book foregrounds an innovative and radical perspective on food planning, built from the perspective of agroecology, and makes the case for an agroecological urbanism. Building on state of the art and participatory research on farming, urbanism, food policy and advocacy in the field of food system transformation, this book seeks to change the way food planning has been conceptualized to date, and invites the reader to fully embrace the transformative potential of an agroecological perspective.
Bringing in dialogue the rural/urban and the producer/consumers realms the book challenges conventional approaches that see them as separate spheres, whose problems can be solved by a reconnection. The book rather make the case for moving away from a ‘food-in-the-city’ approach, typical of food planning as a discipline, towards an ‘urbanism’ perspective, in which the economic and spatial processes that currently drive urbanization will be unpacked and dissect, and new strategies for changing those economic and spatial processes into more equally just ones are put forward. The book draws on the nascent field of political agroecology and brings together: i) theoretical re-conceptualisations of urbanism in relation to food planning and the emergence of new agrarian questions; ii) critical analysis of experimental methodologies and performing arts for public dialogue, reflexivity and food sovereignty research; iii) experiences of resourceful land management, including urban land use and land tenure change; and iv) theoretical and practical exploration of post-capitalist economics that bring consumers and producers together.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages232
ISBN (Print)9781138359673
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment


  • political agroecology
  • urbanism
  • sustainable food planning
  • food sovereignty
  • scholar-activism
  • urban agriculture
  • feminist political ecology
  • resourcefulness

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