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Placing the apple: exploring the urban applescape

Nicol, Poppy 2016. Placing the apple: exploring the urban applescape. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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There is a growing global urban appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly fruit. There is a further recognised need for agri-food systems that support human health, ecological integrity and social justice (Morgan and Sonnino 2010). This thesis explores the current possibilities and challenges of regenerative agri-food systems through the case of the urban apple. With the lens of political ecology, the thesis presents a relational interpretation of the spaces, natures and relations of the urban apple through considering the practices and the guiding logic of the corporate and agro-ecological urban apple in Hackney, London. The methodological framework, informed by relational geographies, supports a situated and place-based understanding of the corporate and agro-ecological logics through attending to practices in place. The thesis draws upon a number of semi-structured interviews and participant-observation with representatives involved in the production, distribution and trading of the urban apple. As the case of Growing Communities demonstrates, citizens can be supported in practicing more healthy, ecological and just ways of growing, trading and consuming food through agro-ecological communities of practice. Currently, such communities remain politically marginalised, particularly at national government levels. A political framework that fosters physical, economic and political space for regenerative agri-food practices and systems is considered key. The city-region is recognised as a ‘space of possibility’ and ‘space of action’ (Gibson-Graham and Roelvink 2011) in the scaling-out regenerative agri-food practices and systems. This needs to be supported by multi-scalar, cross-sectoral, participatory and co-productive processes (Jennings et al. 2015; Moragues-Faus and Morgan 2015; Jégou and Bonneau 2014), prioritising space for community-led, place-based practice.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agri-food; Apple; Agro-ecology; Communities of practice; Regenerative city-region; Political ecology
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 September 2016
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 14:02

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