Next Article in Journal
Next Article in Special Issue
Previous Article in Journal
Previous Article in Special Issue
Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 1643-1666; doi:10.3390/su6041643
Article

Co-Producing Sustainability: Involving Parents and Civil Society in the Governance of School Meal Services. A Case Study from Pisa, Italy

1,* , 1
, 2
 and 3
Received: 30 January 2014; in revised form: 14 March 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Institutional Change)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1041 KB, uploaded 26 March 2014]
Abstract: There is a rising awareness of the power of the public sector in enhancing sustainable consumption and production practices, in particular related to food procurement and its social, ethical, economical and environmental implications. School meal services have a high resonance in the debate on collective catering services because of the implications on the education to sustainable dietary habits and the orientation of the production system. This contribution focuses on the reciprocal relationship between professionals and users of school meal services as a driver to mobilize new resources—according to the theory of co-production—that steer service innovation and a shift towards more sustainable practices. We illustrate this through a case study on the school meal system in Pisa (Italy), where the Canteen Committee represents an institutional arena for participation and empowerment of actors that has gradually gained a central role in shaping this school meal service. Despite the challenges and obstacles, the institutionalized co-production of services allows consolidation of trust among key players and the introduction of innovations in the service, in the form of several projects oriented to sustainability which would not take place without the joint effort of actors involved, parents in the first place.
Keywords: sustainable public procurement; school meals; co-production; sustainable diets; public private partnerships; civic food networks; social innovation sustainable public procurement; school meals; co-production; sustainable diets; public private partnerships; civic food networks; social innovation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Export to BibTeX |
EndNote


MDPI and ACS Style

Galli, F.; Brunori, G.; Di Iacovo, F.; Innocenti, S. Co-Producing Sustainability: Involving Parents and Civil Society in the Governance of School Meal Services. A Case Study from Pisa, Italy. Sustainability 2014, 6, 1643-1666.

AMA Style

Galli F, Brunori G, Di Iacovo F, Innocenti S. Co-Producing Sustainability: Involving Parents and Civil Society in the Governance of School Meal Services. A Case Study from Pisa, Italy. Sustainability. 2014; 6(4):1643-1666.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Galli, Francesca; Brunori, Gianluca; Di Iacovo, Francesco; Innocenti, Silvia. 2014. "Co-Producing Sustainability: Involving Parents and Civil Society in the Governance of School Meal Services. A Case Study from Pisa, Italy." Sustainability 6, no. 4: 1643-1666.


Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert