Special Issue "Household Food Waste: From an International Perspective"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Claudia Giordano
Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Interests: Food loss and waste; sustainable food systems; alternative food networks; policies impacts and evaluation
Prof. Silvio Franco
Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Management, Università della Tuscia
Interests: Sustainable development of local economic systems; Indicators of environmental and social sustainability; Impact evaluation of initiatives for food waste reduction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The topic of food waste is becoming increasingly studied, pushing the need for policies to deliver evidence-based results of their contribution to food waste reduction (as per the goals outlined in SDG 12.3). Household food waste is particularly relevant, as it is the largest fraction in comparison to other stages of the food supply chain, and it usually contributes to increasing the fraction of urban waste.

However, a majority of the national studies available are EU- and US-based, and a great heterogeneity of results is recorded within the UE as well, as a standardized methodology has only just been recently approved. We still do not know of any studies focused on the quantification and analysis of food waste drivers in large areas of the world, thus rendering the knowledge in the field as rather “eurocentric”. Moreover, the monitoring of policy measures is still largely unexplored at a scientific level.

The focus of this Special Issue titled “Household Food Waste: An International Perspective” is to collect up-to-date research articles that explore, examine, and deliver qualitative and quantitative information on food waste, based on new studies conducted all around the world. Case studies on small communities, municipalities, or national territories will be accepted. Studies enquiring into determinants, based on qualitative methodologies and approaches, are encouraged.

The guest editors will select high-quality research papers to proceed with based on blind peer reviews. Reviewers will be selected from researchers active in the field, whose works are present in international databases.

Within the framework described above, this Special Issue invites authors to contribute to the following fields (keywords):

  • Household food waste accounting;
  • Household food waste determinants at the psychological and cultural levels;
  • Household food waste reduction initiatives and evaluation of their impact;
  • Impact of COVID 19 restriction measures on household food waste generation
  • National plans for food waste prevention and reduction at the household stage


Dr. Claudia Giordano
Prof. Silvio Franco
Guest Editors

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