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Special Issue "Local Food Initiatives in the World’s Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2018).
Interests: geography; urban studies; food studies; African studies; international development
This Special Issue comprises papers on the theme of “Local Food Initiatives in the World’s Cities.” The problem of sustainably providing food in cities is bifurcated by class, both within and between the world’s cities. On the one hand, in affluent contexts, it is a problem of consumption of too much of the wrong sorts of unhealthy foods, many of which damage ecosystems in production. On the other hand, it is a problem of food insecurity and malnutrition, especially in lower-income regions and in particular populations and neighborhoods of cities in high-income regions, where the pace and nature of urbanization has contributed to the rise of poverty in cities. Research on urban food systems has increased significantly, as scholars have studied the production, distribution, acquisition, consumption, and waste of food in the world’s cities. However, key research gaps persist, as it remains unclear how urban food systems are governed, what approaches and technologies reduce impacts on ecosystems, and the roles that different institutions play to ensure that cities are sustainable and healthy. In particular, while local food and food waste initiatives have emerged as important alternatives to extended commodity-networks as the basis for urban food systems, their impact in solving the simultaneous problems of over- and under-consumption is poorly understood. This is due to inadequate theorization of their institutional roles, governance structures, and robust analysis of social and environmental impacts. The purpose of this Special Issue is to engage in both theoretical debates and real-world analysis revolving around local food initiatives in the world’s cities. Papers in this special journal issue will examine a range of conceptual and empirical challenges related to local food initiatives in a divergent set of urban contexts across the planet. Such papers will reflect a diversity of methodological approaches, and might include life cycle assessment (LCA) or especially social life cycle assessment (S-LCA), institutional analysis, political ecology, urban metabolism, and spatial modeling. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process with the aim of rapid publication in this journal for wide dissemination.
Dr. Daniel N. Warshawsky
Dr. Robert O. Vos
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
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