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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar with Alessandra Manganelli (VUB)

8 November 2018 , Geography Dept. - Room F 4.66- (VUB - Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Building F) from 12.00h to 13.30h

A Hybrid Governance Approach on Alternative Food Networks. Highlights from the Brussels-Capital Region (BCR) and Toronto.

This seminar contribution aims at presenting content and results of my PhD research project on the “Hybrid Governance” of Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in Urban Regions.

Encompassing initiatives of diverse types, such as Urban Agriculture(s), consumers producers networks, various forms of food security and sovereignty organizations, AFNs can be defined as social innovations, aiming to build local alternatives to the dominant food systems, and thus pursuing a socio-politically transformative action.

This research project builds a socio-politically sensitive perspective on the governance of AFNs. By mobilizing the concept of Hybrid Governance, the aim is to conceptualize and investigate the key governance tensions these initiatives face in their diverse modes of scaling out and up. Three types of governance tensions are identified: organizational (i.e. the challenges of establishing and governing AFN organizations as they diversely scale out), resource (i.e. tensions in accessing and security key material resources), and institutional (tensions stemming from the interactions with often constraining institutions and policy structures). Through this presentation I will show how these governance tensions are played out in different cases of local food initiatives and policies in the BCR as well as in Toronto and what key lessons we can draw for the analysis and the practice of Alternative Food Systems’ governance.

Speaker Bio

Alessandra Manganelli is a PhD fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and PhD researcher within the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research and the Planning & Development (P&D) research unit at the KU Leuven (joint PhD). Her research concerns the governance of Alternative Food Networks in urban areas, taking the Brussels-Capital Region and Toronto as case studies.

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