Here is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Sustainability that we recently received. Note that the deadline for submissions is near!
Deadline: 30th June 2020
Link to special issue: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/just_and_sustainable_food_systems
Keywords: Just and sustainable food systems; Urban food governance; Food crises; Food justice; Food democracy; Food futures; Food policy; Food system; Socio-environmental justice; Alternative food movements; Agroecology
Special Issue Description
Editor: Agnese Cretella, Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin.
Within various academic fora, there is still much confusion around roles and responsibilities for creating more just and sustainable food systems. Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have further highlighted tensions in these responsibilities, especially in terms of access, production, distribution, and retail. Whilst some (Holt Giménez and Shattuck 2011, De Schutter 2014) have long called for reforming existing power structures for achieving more just and sustainable food systems, many grassroots initiatives have been taking responsibility in their own hands by tackling pressing issues related to food waste, access, sovereignty, and democracy, among others (Goodman, DuPuis et al. 2012, Tornaghi 2017, Davies, Cretella et al. 2019).
At the same time, while food is increasingly at the center of diverse policy discussions from climate change to health and well-being, concrete outputs remain difficult to grasp. Food poverty and insecurity, combined with the environmental hazards caused by the current food system, are far from being resolved. We invite empirical and theoretical contributions exploring any aspect of geographies of responsibility in the food system, which may include (but are not restricted to) the following themes:
- Power and responsibility in food systems;
- Disruptions of established forms of power and responsibility in times of crisis;
- Responsibility and governance across the food system;
- Disruptive innovations for just, sustainable food systems;
- Roles and responsibilities of academics, policy-makers, and activists for enacting change in food systems;
- Cultures of responsibility in food systems;
- Matters of scale and place in creating just, sustainable food systems;
- Mechanisms of co-option from and by private sector, policymakers, food movements; and academics.
Davies, A. R., et al. (2019). “Food sharing initiatives and food democracy: Practice and policy in three European cities.” Politics and Governance 7(4): 8-20.
De Schutter, O. (2014). “Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems – final diagnosis from UN right to food expert.” Available online: http://www.srfood.org/en/democracy-and-diversity-can-mend-broken-food-systems-final-diagnosis-from-un-right-to-food-expert.
Goodman, D., et al. (2012). Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics, Taylor & Francis.
Holt Giménez, E. and A. Shattuck (2011). “Food crises, food regimes and food movements: rumblings of reform or tides of transformation?” The Journal of peasant studies 38(1): 109-144.
Tornaghi, C. (2017). “Urban agriculture in the food‐disabling city:(Re) defining urban food justice, reimagining a politics of empowerment.” Antipode 49(3): 781-801.
Papers may be submitted from now until 30 June 2020 as papers will be published on an ongoing basis. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/instructions