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Transitioning towards a sustainable food city.

Quest, J., Shiel, C. and Watson, S., 2019. Transitioning towards a sustainable food city. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 20 (7), 1258-1277.

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DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-09-2018-0159


Purpose The paper provides a case study of a capacity building project and critical reflection in relation to transitioning to a sustainable food city. Design/Methodology/Approach An action research approach was adopted involving two research initiatives; firstly, a survey to elicit stakeholders’ understanding of sustainable local food, with a view to creating a shared agenda and informing future strategic direction; and secondly a combination of research approaches, including paired discussions, generation of pictorial outputs and a workshop, aimed to inform the future vision and mission of the Partnership. Findings Collaboration with stakeholders through a variety of research initiatives has facilitated the development of a Sustainable Food City Partnership, with the overarching aim of achieving a transition towards a more sustainable food system. Moreover, collaboration has contributed to the transition of the Partnership to ensure sustainability and continuity after the initial funding stage. Research limitations/implications While universities have an important role to play in guiding direction and shaping new community initiatives for sustainability in their regions, the challenges, resources and time involved may be under-estimated; these projects take considerable time to yield fruit. Practical Implications The findings of the study will be of interest to those working in the community to promote education for sustainable development and better food systems. Originality/value This paper addresses a gap in the literature in relation to universities and their collaboration in multi-actor networks, in building capacity and contributing to local sustainability transitions. Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainable Food, Transitions, Capacity Building, Partnership working

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainability, Sustainable Food, Transitions, Capacity Building, Partnership working
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32331
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 May 2019 14:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:16


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