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Emerging Community Food Production And Pathways For Urban Landscape Transitions

Bell, SJ; Cerulli, C; (2012) Emerging Community Food Production And Pathways For Urban Landscape Transitions. Emergence: Complexity and Organization , 14 (1) 31 - 44.

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Abstract

Urban agriculture is considered to be a core element of the future of sustainable cities. This paper uses the multi-level perspective on transitions to sustainable development developed by Grin et al. (2010) and the concepts underpinning the modelling of cities as complex systems by Wilson (2010a) and Batty (2005) to analyze the potential for emerging community gardens to contribute to transitions to sustainable urban food systems. It presents the case study of a community garden established by residents of the Redfern Grove Estate in London. The project shows the importance of self-organization and emergence from local conditions, as pre-requisite for local gardens to be able to access more formal structures of support. It demonstrates the interactions between niche, regime and landscape level actors and structures in the emergence and stabilization of new projects. The paper concludes that changes in the landscape of urban food systems, including increasing food prices and growing concerns about the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture are creating conditions conducive to the emergence of community gardens.

Type:Article
Title:Emerging Community Food Production And Pathways For Urban Landscape Transitions
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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