Co-creation and transformation of urban food systems


  • 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

Call for abstracts

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 provide ample experiences and cases  to be examined more closely.

Possible themes

The session may address the following and other issues pertaining to the transformation of  urban food systems:

  • Co-creation and empowered participation: How to nudge, engage and empower involved stakeholders in efforts to develop a co-creative governance system for a more sustainable food supply, food distribution and food governance in cities?
  • Sustainability: How can urban food-systems become more climate-friendly and resource-efficient?
  • Innovation and learning methods: What characterize innovation and learning methods (intra- and interregional) that enable cities to efficiently deal with the complexity of new challenges related to urban agriculture?

Submit an abstract

We ask that abstracts limited to 200-300 words be sent directly to the organizers of the different sessions. Please see the session pages for details.

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On language

The conference primary language is Norwegian and Nordic languages, but many of our sessions will be conducted in English. All sessions welcome contributions in English, unless explicitly stated otherwise.