JPI Urban Europe SUGI - Urbanising in Place

Lead Research Organisation: Coventry University
Department Name: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resili

Abstract

While a large part of current research on the link between sustainability, ecological practices and ecosystem services (including urban agriculture) is focussed on high-density forms of urbanisation, in this project we take up the important challenge to reflect on loosely-urbanised landscapes on the metropolitan fringe, such as those of suburbs and low density conurbations.
The horizontal metropolis of the peri-urban, which provides the specific context for this project, is confronted with an interesting paradox: agriculture is still largely present in these areas and exists in close proximity to new forms of urban settlement yet hardly entertains any relationship with them. At the same time, the remaining agricultural patterns perform vital open space and ecosystems services which are not valued by the logics of urbanisation. The de-valuing of these ecosystem services poses an ongoing threat to the farming practices that generate them.
Farmers and food growing communities play a crucial role in managing the food-water-energy (FWE) nexus in the metropolitan fringe, but their often operate within precarious conditions in which nutrient cycles, energy conservation, water harvest, soil management and food production happen under marginal and residual conditions.
Contemporary dynamics of urbanization tend to push farmers and food growers out of the city boundaries, displacing food production and resources conservation practices too. Nonetheless, peri-urban areas and the urbanising fringes of metropolitan areas tend to harbour a rich variety of farming practices and there is empirical evidence that urban farmers play a key role as localized and distributed operators of the food-water-energy nexus.
'Urbanising in place' will imagine new ways to bolster the role of food growers in managing the FWE nexus rather than pushing them out. The project will explore how farming and food growing practices on the metropolitan fringe, threatened by an ever expanding urbanisation, may be reimagined and reconfigured within what we call 'agroecological urbanism': a model of urbanisation which places food, urban metabolic cycles and an ethics of land stewardship, equality and solidarity at its core.
The project brings together innovative practices from 4 different contexts (Riga, Rosario, Brussels, London) in an international platform aimed at mutual learning and the identification of critical pathways for change.
The research project will establish a transdisciplinary social platform (UFJ-ESRC 2011) that will act as a co-creation and learning lab that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, local government actors, national and international NGOs for the mobilisation of technical or policy knowledge, and community stakeholders.

Planned Impact

The focus of this project on the 're-urbanization' of the peri-urban fringe opens up discussions that are of great relevance within a global perspective. Peri-urban, horizontal urbanization defines the bread and butter reality of urbanizing metropolitan areas around the globe.
The project aims to deliver the following impacts:

- Identification of transformative pathways for the riconfiguration of the F-W-E nexus in four local contexts (grassroots arenas in London, Rosario, Riga and Brussels)
- Uptake of innovative models of new actor constellations for a virtuous management of the food-water-energy nexus (policy arena)
- Definition of new forms of urban enterpreneurship, knowlege brokering, technical assistance and urban service provision (business sector)
- Development of new conceptual models for (re)framing the urban food-water-energy nexus from an urban political ecology perspective, and development of an Incubator for an Agroecological Urbanism (academic arena)

These impacts will be delivered through:
1) the process of research, particularly the social platform;
2) the valorisation activities, aimed at gathering feedback and refining the research reports for usability with different communities of practice;
3) the dissemination of research findings to both academics and policy makers;
4) the identification of commercial and not for profit models of urban service delivery that may play an active role in transforming urban resources (waste/nutrients, energy, water) in such a way that they can be tapped into by local food growers.

Given our commitment to collaborative research and the identification of pathways for change, specific measures have been planned to ensure engagement of key actors and the ability of the research to deliver the project. All our partners leading the case studies are already involved with stakeholders and are interested in mobilising these communities to reflect on the specific questions of how to reconfigure the F-W-E nexus in the peri-urban context of the horizontal metropolis.
The activities of the social platform that we aim to build will also be an important opportunity for cross- fertilisation between our case studies, and the cases and other existing networks, and to mobilise the transformational potential of these exchanges.

The Social Platform (months 1-36) is the 'brewing pot' where 'communities of practice' and the 'scientific communities' involved in the project engage with co-creation and transdisciplinary work. The platform starts as a 'project-related' device but it will gradually evolve towards an incubator standing on its own. In this trajectory includes three stages. In the first phase (months 1-9) the social platform will be the context for the first international exchanges of the networks and communities of practice in the local contexts with external partners in discussions that can accelerate and enrich the mapping exercise. In the second phase (10-25) the platform will function as a space for international cross-case intervisioning, confronting partners sharing different experiences while engaging them in a collective learning. The platform will work as transformative device to re-imagine possible alternative configurations of the F-W-E nexus. In the third phase (27-36) the international platform will be shaped to consolidate the collective learning of the various knowledge communities of the project and evolve from an exchange device to an Incubator for an Agroecological Urbanism.

Our roles within international policy and academic communities (Milan Food Policy Pact, AESOP Sustainable Food Planning group, and potentially Urban Europe), will ensure we can disseminate the research results among communities leading pioneering research and action in the field. Specific WPs have been dedicated to the valorisation and dissemination agenda, and will be lead by RUAF, Shared Assets and URBEM.
 
Description The project (which has been extended until the end of September), has achieved a number of results around the original 4 main objectives of this project:

(1) building awareness regarding the potential role of residualized and emerging food growing practices
(2) crafting a vital urban coalition to reinforce the metabolic (f-w-e) agency of food growing communities
(3) mutual learning between platform partners on metabolic agency
(4) testing new political and policy pathways.

The results (which are still incomplete given that we have still 6 months of work ahead), include:

For public policy:
1) The engagement of agroecological expertise within urban authorities (of which the Rosario case is exemplary) makes it possible to systematically question and adjust municipal actions such as waste collection, land use management, maintenance of green spaces, public land leases, etc. in light of processes of nutrient cycling, drought management, energy and water harvesting, etc.
2) Coordination with agroecological/agronomic expertise, and other sectors of the local council, such as economic development, public health, social policy, are essential to create synergies and empowering pathways to include marginalise communities into thriving and emerging sustainable food economies, by enabling access to land, access to markets, food processing infrastructure, nutrients management support, etc.
3) Soil care and agroecology may structure a new narrative for spatial planning focused on the actual use of soils and the farming models involved rather than its statutory designation as farm land. This has proven in our Rosario Case study, and has began to emerge in Brussels and London context.
4) Farmers are locked up within fragmented landscape units (i.e. only access to arable land, no access to grassland or woodland). (Re)building territorial linkages at landscape level and across the rural-urban divide is key in order to connect farmers to critical nutrient sources needed for sustainable farming practices. Public authorities, which have considerable control on public land, can play a pivotal role here, by considering the use of such land to support sustainable farming.

For practitioners/SME/business support:
5) In order to make it possible for waste cycling entrepreneurs to engage with food growers, it is necessary to adapt planning regulation to tackle a number of legal obstacles for the processing and transport of organic waste. Despite broader policy vision and strategies (such as the EU Green New Deal, and Farm to Fork strategy), which acknowledge the role of farmers in achieving closed loops food Systems, local authorities planning systems are not equipped to understand that old and separate designations of "farming" and "waste processing" are obsolete, and increasingly hybrid. Our London case has proven that the planning system is completely ineffective in enabling such work.
6) Energy, water and nutrient harvesting in an urban environment is labour intensive, and often prohibilite due to cost of land/space. This might be supported through the development of shared farmers' operating infrastructure (eg. Shared composting facilities) and cooperative approaches.
7) Farmer-to-farmer training programmes are an important resource to better adjust agroecological businesses to the urban context, however, their training is often largely focussed on rural models while it should be tailored to the specific economic and land access challenges typical of the urban context (including, fox example, learning to tackle the prevalent access to fragmented land, the costs and skills for land remediation, the practical access to urban soil nutrients, the gap between house rent and farm revenues, the time and support needed for social cultivation and training to (re)educate communities and build alliances - essentially political pedagogies for urban agroecology.

For the research community:
8) This project provides advances in the conceptualisation of an agroecological urbanism, and identifies specific areas for further research (for example around political pedagogies across the farmers-consumers-policy divides, virtuous models of mixed farming at urban and peri-urban areas, soil care policies, etc.)
9) The analysis of concrete agroecological practices (soil care, composting, companion planting, mixed farming, etc.) helps to read the Urban FEW nexus along political-ecology lines.
10) The breakdown of agroecological practices in terms of what falls within the farmers ability to self-organize and what not, provides important clues for fostering exchange between agroecological farmers and urban policy makers.

In order to makes these results easy to grasp and apply, they will be presented and articulated in the form of 8 'building blocks' for an agroecological urbanism, each clearly identifying the current problems they can address, actors/agency, and expected impacts.
Exploitation Route Our dissemination and impact approach includes:
1) academic publications in top-rated journals
2) non-academic publications to translate results in accessible manner. In particular, we are crafting hour results around 8 building blocks for an agroecological urbanism, which include indication of recommended agents for change, expected impacts and best practice.
3) a series of webinars for both, policy and practice community (international approach)
4) web portal with resources addressed specifically to the practitioners community.

Some of the learning is already being uptakes by policy communities, through the engagement activities of this project (for example in Brussels and London)
A follow-on fund has been secured to explore the issue of urban soil remediation (lead: Coventry University)
A PhD scholarship has been secured (Coventry University), to further investigate community kitchens
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://urbanisinginplace.org/output-impact/
 
Description 1) In 2019 we have taken along a civil servant from the Brussels city region government to our intervisioning meeting in Rosario (Argentina) lasting approximately 10 days. Part of the aim of this event was to provide cross-fertilisation across the different social platforms in the 4 geographical regions of our project. The learning occurred during this event has indeed generated impact: the new government of Brussels Capital region has included concrete plans for developing an incubator for Urban Agroecology, taking inspiration from analogous initiative in Rosario. Such a centre is now included in the approved coalition agreement (that designate the plan and policies of the government in charge. Our project is involved in exploring a possible agenda for this centre including direct collaboration with peri urban farmers, and our team members based in Belgium, with support from other partners from the consortium, are coaching the local authorities in this endeavour, facilitating the coordination of farmers, technical knowledge and city actors (political and technical) around the development of its agenda. The agenda moves beyond a traditional focus on access to market questions and seeks to identify concrete actions that can help to create conditions through which farmers can take up metabolic positions within the regional food system. This initiative has impact both on the ambitions of the region to produce 30percent of its food supply locally, but also has potential impact on water abstraction, quality of fresh water sources, energy efficiency of the applied farming models, and other environmental benefits such as the carbon sequestration and improved biodiversity of agroecosystems and general ecosystem health and integrity. While the Covid-19 has impacted on the pace of this work, the easing of the lock-down in Belgium is enabling a slow re-start of this activity. 2) In London, the presentation of the project at London City Hall has triggered conversations with civil servants working on the green belt. Following conversations and workshop with influential actors in the organic food movement have contribute to build momentum around the centrality of agroecology as a virtuous metabolic practice. Civil servants who have attended the workshop in September 2019 have began to think agroecology as part of the development of policy documents for the London greenbelt. At the same time Sustain and the London Food Board, who also attended the workshop in September have followed on with a workshop in February 2020 about agroecology in the urban fringe. Together with our London partner (Shared Assets), they have successfully obtained further funding to explore agroecological farming in the urban fringe of four cities: London, Bristol, Glasgow and Sheffield. 3) In Riga we have been able to take initial steps to mobilize local food growing communities around the protection of large public allotment complexes that are facing threats of urban development. While these allotment complexes are not always in good shape, and not fully occupied, they belong to a broad shared culture of popular engagement in self-provision and constitute valuable assets that could be re-appropriated as part of a forward-looking urban food planning agenda. Through these actions we seek to contribute to a re-valuation of practices that tend to be framed as residual and informal as an integral part of local culture and heritage. In the Riga context these alternative food provisioning practices represent a substantial part of the local food supply and contribute to access to healthy and affordable food rooted in principles of local resource sovereignty. 4) Thanks also to the strength of the Rosario case, our project is contributing to the growing recognition that an agroecological approach to urban food provision is not just another label but provides a forceful integrative framework to conceptualize the intersection of sustainable agriculture and sustainable urbanization.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description SOIL NEXUS - Building policy tools for water- and waste-based urban soil remediation. Funder: Future Earth (Pegasus 3 call)
Amount $64,000 (USD)
Organisation Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 12/2020 
End 11/2021
 
Description AGORA workshop JPI Urban Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Manten Devriendt (From the project partner Sampling, Riga, Latvia) joined the JPI Urban Europe AGORA workshop hosted by the Latvian Ministry of Education, titled "Unfolding dilemmas in urban public space development and maintenance: Consequences for policy and research and innovation". where he had inspiring discussions and exchanging with peers from all over Europe (plus Canada). The key messages identified in the event will be worked out in a policy document by the JPI team in collaboration with the participants of the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/event-calendar/agora-thematic-dialogue-2019/
 
Description Agroecological ambitions in the new Brussels Capital Region's Government Agreement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Based on the experiences at the International Intervisioning Meeting in Rosario, the Brussels team has been discussing with local actors the possibilities of a Centre for Agroecology for Brussels. Some of the collective infrastructure that is being set-up by the Centre in Rosario is in Brussels taken-up by grassroot movements, in particular also within the project of BoerenBruxselPaysans. Together with the Brussels Environment Agency, Architecture Workroom Brussels has organised a workshop with a broad scope of actors from civil society, grassroot movements, government, academics on what a Centre for Agroecology could mean in Brussels.
Read the Brussels Capital Region Government agreement: https://assets.bruzz.be/2019-07/BHG_20190718_NL_0.pdf

The event/ workshop organised by the Brussels team to support the implantation of the 'Centre for Agroecology' in Brussels was the first time that the two main movements depicted in the Brussels research hypothesis, the residualised mixed farmers of the Pajottenland and the new urban farmers, met each other around the question of Agroecology. After an introductory presentation, three parallel tables focused on: (1) Communities of Practice, (2) an Agroecological Programme and (3) the Zavelenberg-Hoogsteyns site in Ganshoren - Koekelberg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://urbanisinginplace.org/workshop-towards-a-brussels-center-for-agroecology/
 
Description Article in Latvian magazine 'Biologiski' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opinion piece by Liene Jakobsone and Manten Devriendt published in magazine 'Biologiski', issued by the Latvian Organic Farming Association. It introduces the research to a broader audience and suggests opportunities for agroecologically driven urban transformations in the context of Riga.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://urbanisinginplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Agroekopilseta_22-23.pdf
 
Description Briefing 'Fringe Farming in London' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following a workshop event in February 2020 Sustain and Shared Assets produced a short briefing report investigating existing farm productivity in London's Green Belt land, identifies data gaps, structural barriers, current opportunities and steps that should be taken to allow this vision to take place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sustainweb.org/publications/Fringe-Farming-Breifing-Aug2020/?section=#
 
Description Building Farmers' Capacity in the Context of Urbanisation: political pedagogies for urban agroecology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Farmer-to-farmer learning is a pillar of the food sovereignty and agroecology movements, enabling territorially-specific learning and alliance-building to support farmers' livelihoods and broader socio-political transformations. Most accounts of experiences in this field are based on rural contexts and rural farm models. However, the broadening food sovereignty and agroecology movement is also reaching out to urban and peri-urban farmers, some of whom were once rural and found themselves absorbed by expanding urbanisation. Their livelihoods are affected by specific problems of neoliberal urbanisation: speculative land markets and gentrification impacting access to land and housing; erosion, pollution, and destruction of living soils; degradation of riverways; fragmentation of farmland and progressive farmers' isolation from solidarity networks of proximity; lack of farming infrastructure; ongoing deskilling and producers-consumer's separation.

In this workshop, the organisers would like to hear from farmers and farmers' movements of any political and practical training, strategising and learning initiatives that they have/are developing, to address these specific 'urban' challenges. This session aims to contribute to the co-creation of a 'toolbox' of strategies for shaping a political urban agroecology. The organisers will begin the session sharing some experiences drawn from the www.urbanisinginplace.org project. Participants are encouraged to prepare a 5-10 minute account of their experience.

This session will be of interest to farmers and activists engaged in farmer training and in the support and empowerment of peri-urban and urban agroecological farmers.

After the workshop, the organisers and some participants have been put together the notes and are currently working to produce a publication
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://orfc.org.uk/session/building-farmers-capacity-in-the-context-of-urbanisation-political-pedag...
 
Description Conference food production and food sovereignty by Casa Patria Rosario 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Antonio Lattuca (Municipality of Rosario, and project partner) talked about the urgent need for change in the way food is produced, and shared his interest and the multiple advantages of an agroecological perspective, used in shaping the Urban Agriculture Program of Rosario.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_dtIsJS3_Q
 
Description Debate on public land as crucial instrument for urban food policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Catherine Fierens and Hans Vandermaelen participated in a debate in the city of Ghent about the importance of public land positions for the implementation of a distinctive urban food policy. The debate was organized by Apache, a Belgian news platform, in response to a growing opposition from local actors, including agroecological food producers, against the large-scale sale of public agricultural land.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://vimeo.com/368311814
 
Description Design Talks: Food 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Liene Jakobsone, researcher at the Art Academy of Latvia, gave a presentation in a series of talks held at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia. The talk focussed on the relationship between food and the city, and moderated a discussion on food and design.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for local news platform Rosario Noticias 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The international attention for Rosario's agroecological policy has not escaped the attention of the local press in Rosario. 'Rosario Noticias' interviewed Antonio Lattuca and Raúl Terrile about their participation in the intervisioning workshop in London in September 2019 (see below). They testify about the great international appreciation, both from a political and academic perspective, for over 20 years of pioneering work in Rosario.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rosarionoticias.gob.ar/page/noticias/id/229353/title/La-Agricultura-Urbana-y-el-Cinturón...
 
Description Intervisioning Meeting Brussels - online edition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Though the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the Brussels intervisioning workshop (planned over 5 days in March 2020), the consortium met through an online three-day workshop focusing on the concept of an agroecological urbanism. The Brussels team is hoping to be able to reschedule the planned workshops, debates and field trips to the exemplary practices of the Flemish mixed farm movement and the Brussels urban new farmers community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Lecture on soil fertility for Belgian open space platform 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hans Vandermaelen gave a short presentation for the Flemish open space movement at the 'Open Space Platform XL' event. In his petcha kucha lecture 'we grow nutrients' he presented ideas for action-oriented policy around the theme of ecological soil fertility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCZMLUWh2uA
 
Description Online interview "Health crisis and Agroecology" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on food quality linked to production and development models and ways to reverse the current situation. Raúl Terrile presented the experience of the city of Rosario linked to food systems, local food produced by urban agriculture and the peri-urban green belt. The contributions of the Urbanising in Place Project to strengthen this agro-ecological-based project were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DC0vbAd7yo&t=21s
 
Description Open letter and interview on food security in Belgian newspapers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Facing the historical crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, let us organize our food security!' is an open letter and petition launched by a group of academics and experts in the fields of agriculture and climate. Architecture Workroom Brussels played a role in bridging the initiative coming from the French speaking community of Belgium with the Flemish community and was asked to contribute to the article 'And suddenly, the local farmer comes in to play' in newspaper De Standaard.
Link to the open letter: https://www.demorgen.be/cs-b508f3c1
Link to newspaper interview: https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20200501_04941811
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20200501_04941811
 
Description Post Corona Talk on the urban food issue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hans Vandermaelen gave a key lecture on the impact of covid19 on the urban food issue in a post corona session on food, organised by the Flemish association of spatial planners. The information from this presentation was used by VRP as a basis for formulating policy recommendations for recovery from COVID-19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/nmUi7JF20MA
 
Description Presentation at AESOP conference agroecological transitions and food planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UIP research team was represented at the AESOP food planning conference 'Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown: Food planning for the postcarbon city' in Madrid. Hans Vandermaelen, Chiara Tornaghi and Michiel Dehaene gave a presentation about how to embed agroecology's soil care principle in an urbanised society. We exchanged experiences on how a strong involvement in the agroecological community can help to accurately identify pathways for an agroecological urbanism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aesopsfp.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/aesop-sfp-madrid19-final-program/
 
Description Presentation of the Urbanising in Place project and roundtable with local authorities in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was the opening event of the II international workshop (Intervisioning Rosario) of the Urbanising in Place research project. The event, which was held on the 6th of March 2019 in the Salon Norte of the National University of Rosario, presented the project to the local authorities and the university rector. Local press, postgraduate students and practitioners were present. The aim of the event was to sensitize the local policy makers -which are currently considering wiping away 20 years of groundbreaking policy for the promotion of urban agroecology - to the importance to protect their achievements in time of crisis, as they not only represent benchmarking at international level, but fundamental steps for sustainable, agroecological futures. The press conference was followed by a two hours roundtable with specific questions addressed to the different policy sectors (production, social economy, sustainability, etc.). Outcomes of the event include:
- policy makers from a small town in the peri-urban area of Rosario expressed an interest in joining the programme;
- the re-opening of dialogue between the local team of researchers and civil servants working on the urban agriculture programme in Rosario, and the local politicians. Further debates are about to be tabled by the local team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.lacapital.com.ar/la-ciudad/rosario-vuelve-mostrar-su-experiencia-agricultura-urbana-n174...
 
Description Roundtable on legal protection of soils 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the workshop was to explore the potential for soil quality to inform planning and development decisions, and for protecting high quality soils in an urban / peri urban context. The discussions identified a lack of action in terms of public awareness raising or campaigning and as proposed to create a coalition to develop a public awareness campaign and / or support community action on soils that supplements / complements existing action on policy and knowledge development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://urbanisinginplace.org/output-impact/
 
Description SUGI project video of Urbanising in Place 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the SUGI Midterm event in June 2020, short films were made of all the different SUGI projects. Via the links below, you can watch a short movie which offers an update on the Urbanising in Place project. this video is available to the public and the broader research community of JPI Urban Europe.
Following the event, further networking has occurred.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiNayhWG3Ak&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Sensitisation and outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Raúl Terrile published an article on the Argentinian news platform "dos Ambientes", starting from the problems of the current food systems and moving towards the possibilities of agroecological alternatives. 20 years of experience in Rosario illustrates that it is possible to develop and scale up agroecological practices, and to increase access to healthy food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://dosambientes.net/alimentos/la-agroecologia-una-alternativa-para-una-alimentacion-saludable/
 
Description Stakeholder meeting City Hall London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the London Intervisioning meeting the London Food Board hosted a policy discussion at London's City Hall for project partners and local policymakers, to explore the potential for peri urban agroecological farming in the city and identify key stakeholders with an interest in engaging with the work of the project. As a result of the meeting initial discussions have been held with the Greater London Authority Green Infrastructure Lead about the potential for a review of the city's greenbelt strategy. We are also working with the London Food Board to hold a joint event to further explore how London can support agroecological farming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/shared_assets/status/1177499723655049216
 
Description Webinar on Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Food production 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Henk Renting (Aeres University) and Michiel Dehaene (Gent University) participated in a webinar hosted by the Usina Social Rosario together with Marta Soler Montiel (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) ad Mauro Casella (Former Secretary for Territorial Development, Province of Santa Fe, Argentina). Michiel explained the importance for our project of the long term work of the Municipality of Rosario on Agroecology. Henk reflected on challenges and opportunities for Urban Agroecology in times of COVID 19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk3UYtq8bSU
 
Description Webinario: Planeamiento urbanístico de sistemas alimentarios agroecológicos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Chiara Tornaghi was invited to speak at the webinar organised by the Spanish Network of Agroecological Cities to talk about the idea and practice of an Agroecological Urbanism. Chiara's talk was built on both, her research experience on the food-disabling city and the preliminary results of the Urbanising in Place project. The event was in Spanish and specifically directed to policy makers and civil servants of municipalities in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.
Pre-edit link to YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YWpHORj3x0
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ciudadesagroecologicas.eu/webinario-planeamiento-urbanistico-de-sistemas-alimentarios-ag...
 
Description Workshop "Agroecological City" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A local workshop, organised by Sampling and Art Academy of Latvia, aimed at involving local growing communities in discussion about diverse forms of agriculture in the city. Presentations by Liene Jakobsone, Manten Devriendt, Aleksandrs Feltins, Maris Narvils, Nora Gavare and Liga Lepse contextualised the issue from different perspectives. Workshop was followed by a lunch prepared by the renowned Latvian chef Juris Latišenoks, using self-grown products brougt by the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
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Description Workshop "Use of the Green Belt" hosted by the Greater London Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The aim of the workshop was to bring together a number of key stakeholders to discuss and explore what ideas, policy changes and potential new mechanisms are in development or are emerging that would enable a step-change in positive use of the Green Belt in and around London. It was agreed to establish a Green Belt working group - hosted by the Greater London Authority to; ensure continued dialogue and sharing of ideas and information, develop a core set of principles that would help frame the positive use of the Green Belt, and develop a collective voice would be able to influence key decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop on Soil Care with London practitioners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Growers from projects across London came together to discuss their practices of soil care, nutrient cycling and waste management, the potential opportunities for collective soil care and barriers to this. The workshop helped provide more information on the soil care practices of London's growers, and narrow down some clear pathways for politicising this work by; raising the wider public's awareness about the importance of soils, putting knowledge back into the hands of growers around soil health, and working with councils/growers to direct more resources towards agroecological growing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
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