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Envisioning a positive food future based on local initiatives: the case of the Stockholm region
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0158-164X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0706-9233
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3520-4340
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0173-0112
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Abstract [en]

Globally, food systems face multifaceted sustainability challenges and the need for substantial food system change or transformation is increasingly acknowledged. Such transformations will look different across the world due to diverse regional social-ecological contexts. We explored and articulated what a transformed food system could look like in a specific regional context – the Stockholm-Mälaren region in Sweden, based on the perspectives of a diverse set of regional actors. The approach we used is based on a novel methodology for bottom-up, participatory narrative scenarios that has been developed in the international sustainability science project “Bright Spots: Seeds of the Good Anthropocene”. Through a participatory workshop and a survey, we explored a vision of a positive food future for the Stockholm-Mälaren region and potential conflicts and opportunities for moving towards that future. The emerging vision highlights four components that represent a significant change from the current situation: 1) Increased self-sufficiency and access to local food, 2) A vibrant and inclusive food sector and culture, 3) Nutrient-rich, less resource-intensive diets, and 4) Agriculture contributing to environmental sustainability. The study highlights conflicts between different goals of a sustainable and resilient food system, such as food security, self-sufficiency and resource efficiency, that need to be clarified and managed. We also identify opportunities for creating transformative change in the Stockholm-Mälaren food system, including: the leverage of key actors in between producers and consumers, agreement on a broader vision among the participating food actors, a potential to link to national-scale narratives of food security and sustainable consumption and incorporate change at the scale of local governments.

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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160932DiVA, id: diva2:1255331
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-11 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Advancing Resilience Practice: Bridging social-ecological resilience theory and sustainable development practice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Advancing Resilience Practice: Bridging social-ecological resilience theory and sustainable development practice
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the application of resilience thinking in different real-world settings and research-practice interfaces, for example in the context of natural resource management, local government planning and food systems. The number of cases of resilience practice are growing, including resilience assessments, planning and action, but there are still few scientific studies and even less synthesis across cases. This thesis describes existing cases of resilience practice, in natural resource management in Australia (Paper I) and across different international cases (Paper II), and experiments with new methods and approaches for improving resilience practice, based on pilot projects of co-production in Sweden (Paper III and Paper IV). The results confirm that resilience practice can contribute to the understanding and adaptive governance of complex social-ecological systems, but is weak in addressing the need for transformations, particularly for the sake of the resilience of Earth systems and global sustainability. The results also highlight practical strategies for engaging with complexity and novel approaches to enhance the potential of local-regional resilience practice to align with global sustainability concerns. The thesis as a whole sheds light on the field of resilience practice, by outlining different approaches, contexts and purposes and contributes to building transdisciplinary networks and relationships in multiple arenas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 2018. p. 61
Keywords
Complex adaptive systems, Local and regional planning, Resilience thinking, Social-ecological systems, Transdisciplinarity
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160935 (URN)978-91-7797-476-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-477-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-11-29, Vivi Täckholmsalen (Q-salen), NPQ-huset, Svante Arrhenius väg 20, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.

Available from: 2018-11-06 Created: 2018-10-15 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved

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