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Co-creating sustainable food futures with botanical gardens and communities: reflections from the BigPicnic project

Alexopoulos, G; Moussouri, T; (2021) Co-creating sustainable food futures with botanical gardens and communities: reflections from the BigPicnic project. Archaeology International , 24 (1) pp. 73-98. 10.14324/111.444.ai.2021.06. Green open access

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Abstract

This article addresses the potential of participatory approaches and processes of co-creation in the context of botanical gardens. It examines how such approaches can not only help cultural heritage sector organisations to engage with different members of their public, but also how they can work with their communities to tackle globally significant societal and environmental goals. Drawing on research conducted for the EU-funded BigPicnic project, this article examines the methodological processes employed by a large consortium of botanical gardens and presents some examples of exhibitions and science cafés that attempted to both highlight issues of food security and sustainability and foster forms of knowledge that go beyond the dichotomy between experts and non-experts. A critical overview of the outcomes of this project serves to outline the potential of co-creation for promoting sustainable food futures.

Type: Article
Title: Co-creating sustainable food futures with botanical gardens and communities: reflections from the BigPicnic project
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.444.ai.2021.06
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ai.2021.06
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Food futures, co-creation, botanical gardens, community engagement, food heritage, sustainability
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142958
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