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Urban, peri-urban and regional food dynamics: toward an integrated and territorial approach to food

Objective

Increasing urban food-related health and environmental problems are raising an urgent need for action. Current agrifood studies tend to neglect the broader societal and spatial impacts of food. PUREFOOD will reduce the high knowledge and skills deficit that negatively affects the capacity to deliver political and developmental solutions related to food security, public procurement, health and sustainable regional development. Through its innovative methodology, the interdisciplinary courses, private and public sector involvement, the holistic conceptualization of sustainable food and the formation of Communities of Practice (CoPs) that include actors at all stages of the food chain, PUREFOOD contributes to Commission’s aim to deal with economic, social and environmental policies in mutually reinforcing ways. We study an alternative geography of food, based upon three emerging trends; sustainable food supply chains, public sector food procurement practices and (peri-)urban food strategies. Each is topic of a scientific WP with 4 ESRs in individual research projects using case study methodology. The related training aims to transfer disciplinary scientific knowledge and skills between complementary groups, leading to a coherent frame of basic and advanced scientific, professional and host institute training modules, and to interactively develop scientific and professional knowledge and skills through ‘learning-by-doing’ in CoPs for each WP. PUREFOOD consists of 7 full academic partners and 8 associated partners (private sector and socio-economic partners). PUREFOOD’s coordinator has ample experience in managing international interdisciplinary research and training projects. The commitment of private and public organisations and NGOs as associated partners illustrate the timeliness of our proposal and impact to the career perspectives of the ESRs. Completed CDPs give access to a PhD degree at every partner university.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ineke Van Driel (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 832 914

Participants (6)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 545 842
Address
Newport Road 30 36
CF24 0DE Cardiff

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 502 855
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gianluca Brunori (Prof.)
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 382 740
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Talis Tisenkopfs (Dr.)
CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 342
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Kalay (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 205 140
Address
Avenida Paulo Gama 110
90046900 Porto Alegre

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sergio Schneider (Prof.)
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 167 547
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juliet Kiguli (Dr.)