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Food and Urban Gardening in Planning: An Exploration in Helsinki and Stockholm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis presents an exploration into the relationship between food and planning in Helsinki and Stockholm. It looks at the top-down side of planning and the bottom-up side of urban gardening to investigate how food and urban gardening are taken into consideration in the official planning; how two urban gardening initiatives, Dodo's Kääntöpöytä and Trädgård på spåret, are involved in shaping their city; and what the relationship between the two sides is. The study is qualitative and uses case study approach, netnography, interviews, questionnaires, planning documents, and observation to answer the research questions. The literature review includes food systems and planning, urban agriculture, and planning theory on public participation, urban forms and sustainability. Urban food planning cannot be said to exist in either city yet, but Helsinki has a relatively recent strategy that aims to improve the food system and accommodate more urban gardening, and urban gardening is increasingly allowed in both cities. The gardening organisations, Dodo and Trädgård på spåret, are involved in planning in different ways, but both wish to promote urban gardening as a sustainable strategy. The relationship between the two sides is generally positive, and both initiatives are in line with their city's goal of becoming more sustainable.

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2014. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
urban food planning, urban agriculture, urban gardening, food systems, public participation, urban forms, sustainability
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Social Sciences Law and Society Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104256OAI: diva2:723466
Available from: 2014-06-25 Created: 2014-06-05 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved

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