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Scaling up action on urban sustainable food systems in the United Kingdom: Agenda setting, networking, and influence

Jones, Mat; Hills, Sarah

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Mathew Jones Matthew.Jones@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Public Health



Abstract

There has been an increasing focus on the potential of city-based initiatives to address the negative impacts of the global food system. Adopting a meso-level policy perspective, this study aimed to explore whether, how, and why the UK non-government organisation led Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) programme has influenced this food agenda at the level of city governance. The research fills a gap in our understanding of the detailed processes through which trans-local food networks influence the capacity of local food partnerships to effect change, sustain themselves, and through a collective effort, to shape the attention of national and international decision-makers. Based on documentary evidence from 29 of the most active member cities and interviews with a purposive selection of stakeholders, the analysis suggests that SFC provided a point of origin for solutions and inspiration on a major and complex issue. However, the absence of a national sustainable food policy framework and little formal national-government recognition of local food governance together with the paucity of funding opportunities threatens the long-term viability of local food partnerships and ultimately places significant constraints on the ability of the programme to effect long-lasting, systemic change.

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Jones, M., & Hills, S. (2021). Scaling up action on urban sustainable food systems in the United Kingdom: Agenda setting, networking, and influence. Sustainability, 13(4), https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042156

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 10, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2021
Publication Date Feb 17, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2021
Journal Sustainability
Print ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Article Number 2156
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042156
Keywords Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Geography, Planning and Development; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7096960

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