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Unpacking the new urban food agenda: The changing dynamics of global governance in the urban age

Sonnino, Roberta ORCID: and Coulson, Helen ORCID: 2021. Unpacking the new urban food agenda: The changing dynamics of global governance in the urban age. Urban Studies 58 (5) , pp. 1032-1049. 10.1177/0042098020942036

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Moving beyond the methodological ‘cityism’ of urban food scholarship, in this paper we focus on the ways in which the ‘urban’ is conceptualised, utilised and implicated in post-Quito development discourse. The analysis of international policy documents and data collected through interviews with stakeholders from prominent global organisations highlights the pervasiveness of globally orientated narratives of interconnected, multiscalar food governance that draw upon socio-technical agendas of ‘smart’, ‘territorially integrated’ and ‘resilient’ ideology of capitalised urbanisation. To counteract the tendency of these narratives to reduce complex metabolic processes to mere indicators and targets there is a need for a new research and policy agenda that takes account of urban agencies, inequities of power and the politics of knowledge that permeate multilevel food governance. As we conclude, the problematisation of the ‘urban’ and the contested emergence of smart (food) urbanisms require urgent attention to explicate strategies for a more polycentric and plurivocal food system governance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0042-0980
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 19 June 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 15:49

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