Critical of food governance: exploring the transformative capacity of food policy councils in Spain and the UK

Authors: Ana Moragues Faus*, Cardiff University
Topics: Urban Geography, Agricultural Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: : food governance, transformative capacity, justice, political ecology, food movements
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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Current governance configurations have been signalled as a key vulnerability of food systems to deliver food security. In this context, cities (and municipalities) are becoming key transition spaces where new food governance systems are being fashioned, creating ‘spaces of deliberation’ that bring together civil society, private actors, and local governments. By studying the emergence and functioning of two food policy councils in Bristol (UK) and Valencia (Spain), this paper aims to advance in the conceptualisation and practice of a critical food governance framework. For that purpose, the paper develops an innovative framework combining three approaches: political ecology, the post-political scholarship and participative justice. This innovative lens allows to navigate the political dimension and associated transformative capacity of these governance innovations attending to their mobilisation of notions of equity, participation and inclusion; knowledge and reflexivity; and connectivity and autonomy.

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