Special Issue "A Systemic Perspective on Urban Food Supply: Assessing Different Types of Urban Agriculture"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: urban ecology, systemic solutions for urban sustainability, urban ecosystem services, urban green infrastructure, nature-based solution, urban human-nature connection, urban agriculture, edible cities, socio-ecological systems, urban deep ecology.
Interests: innovation in urban agriculture, zero-acreage farming (ZFarming), rooftop agriculture, building-integrated agriculture, perception and social acceptance of urban agriculture, consumer-producer networks, alternative food networks (AFN), urban food policies, urban food governance.
Interests: urban agriculture, home gardening, food self-provisioning, informal food production, environmental sociology, allotment gardens, climate change mitigation, carbon footprint, ecological economics.
Today's society is facing a range of challenges connected with urbanization such as climate change, social segregation, or resource depletion. Due to the complexity of societal challenges and urban systems, there is an increasing need to foster systemic solutions evolving multidimensional benefits for society, nature, and the economy. The production of food within cities through urban agriculture can be considered as a nature-based solution contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security, biodiversity and ecosystem services, agricultural intensification, resource efficiency, urban renewal and regeneration, land management, public health, social cohesion, cultural traditions, and economic growth. Cities can be composed of a mosaic of different forms of urban agriculture depending on a spatial (e.g., roof top gardens, house gardens, and vertical farming), actor (e.g., family farm, community garden), or organizational perspective (e.g., market-, prosumer-, or subsistence-based production with different foci of production such as hobby- or education-focused production). Urban agriculture can then be technological oriented (e.g., aquaponics) or take a natural agriculture approach (e.g., permaculture). However, the current research on urban agriculture is still fragmented, and it requires a systematic and integrative assessment of different forms of urban agriculture, its impacts, and framework conditions for implementation. Therefore, to support the systemic potential of urban agriculture, four major questions arise:
1) Which benefits and risks are connected with different forms of urban agriculture?
2) Which drivers and constraints exist for implementing different forms of urban agriculture?
3) Which actors are of importance for implementing urban agriculture, and who is benefitting from urban agriculture?
3) How can urban agriculture be upscaled from a mosaic of single forms of food supply to an edible city approach taking into account various geographical, socio-economic, cultural, and demographic contexts?
This Special Issue aims to show up the current international state of the art in conceptualizing different types of urban agriculture, evaluating their different multifunctional impacts and ecosystem services, as well as developing and evaluating planning strategies for implementing urban agriculture on different scales. A main concern of this Special Issue is to reflect on urban agriculture from a systemic perspective, considering cities as socio-ecological systems and different types of urban agriculture as system elements of the urban ecosystem. All submissions are asked to clearly link their paper to one (or several) specific type(s) of urban agriculture. General papers on urban agriculture are not accepted.
Dr. Martina Artmann
Dr. Kathrin Specht
Dr. Jan Vávra
Mr. Marius Rommel
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- Spatial monitoring and categorization of different forms of urban agriculture
- Assessment of the (multidimensional) impacts (benefits and risks) and framework conditions of the implementation (drivers and constraints) of different forms of urban agriculture in terms of o Social impacts and implementation frameworks o Environmental impacts and implementation frameworks o Economic impacts and implementation frameworks o Urban ecosystem services
- Systemic approaches and planning practices to promote sustainable urban agriculture
- Dealing with the concept of edible cities, its conceptualization, its impacts, and its possibilities of implementation
- Providing case studies from shrinking and growing, small and big cities
- Providing case studies from regions with different cultural, economic, and political history, and environmental conditions.