Co-creation and transformation of urban food systems

Tid: 10:15 - 11:45, onsdag 27. oktober
Rom: PA308, P46 OsloMet

Food production has traditionally been deeply embedded in the rural agricultural sphere. However, a series of economic, ecological and social constraints have set increasing pressure on conventional agro-food systems.

These challenges are accompanied by criticism from citizens and consumers of these systems as to their climate friendliness, environmental sustainability, food safety, longitudinal effects on people’s health, affordability and other issues related to social justice and equality.

It is noticeable that challenges to agro-food systems must be increasingly handled in an urban setting. As the boundaries between urban and rural food systems become blurred, urban governments and authorities are forced to effectively lift agro-food provision, distribution, consumption and its externalities higher up on their agenda

Consequently, the transformation of urban food systems has become a salient topic on the public agenda in several countries and cities, including in Oslo.

In particular, the task is to create a constructive collaboration between relevant and affected actors who can help to define and address shared systemic challenges in innovative ways.

In this regard, Food2030 projects of the EU Horizon2020 programme such as FUSILLI | Urban food planning ( may provide ample experiences and cases to be examined more closely.


To introduce this theme there will be three papers:

  • Danielle Wilde and Mary Karyda (Southern Denmark University): “Living Labs. Seeding urban food system transformation through design”
  • Einar Braathen, Svein Ole Borgen and Anders Eika (OsloMet): “Participatory and responsible. A framework for understanding the transformation of food systems in Oslo and 11 other European cities” (based on four FUSILLI deliberables)
  • Atle Wehn Hegnes, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, NIBIO: ‘Caring’ in co-creation and transformation of urban food systems – Lessons from green communities in Aarhus.

The papers are followed by a 45 minute panel discussion with:

  • Danielle Wilde, Southern Denmark University
  • Line Teigen, FUSILLI project leader, Oslo Municipality
  • Ellen Marie Forsberg, Urban Agriculture Advisor, State Governor of Oslo and Viken
  • Maria Bjune, Hadeland andelsfabrikk/ Hadeland CSA – Community Supported Agriculture
  • Atle Wehn Hegnes, (NIBIO)
  • Einar Braathen, NIBR, OsloMet
  • Chair: Svein Ole Borgen, OsloMet


  • Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Svein Ole Borgen, research professor, Consumption Research Norway (SIFO), Oslo Metropolitan University