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Scaling up and out as a pathway for food system transitions

Pitt, Hannah and Jones, Mat 2016. Scaling up and out as a pathway for food system transitions. Sustainability 8 (10) , 1025. 10.3390/su8101025

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This paper contributes to the understanding of sustainability transitions by analysing processes of scaling up and out as change pathway. It defines scaling up and out as a distinct form of policy transfer focused on programme implementation, with continuity of actors across jurisdictions. We detail how scaling up and out occurs, introducing a new mechanism to policy transfer frameworks. This is explicated through the case study of Food for Life (FFL), a civil society innovation programme promoting sustainable healthy food in public settings. We highlight why FFL was scaled up and out, how this was achieved, by whom, and the results and success factors. The case study demonstrates the importance of interrogating motivations for transferring policies, and how these influence whether successful outcomes are achieved. This requires a revised framework for analysing policy transfer, with greater attention to the links between motives and outcomes, and a less binary understanding of agents’ roles. Where scaling is the mode of policy transfer, we suggest that continuous involvement of at least one transfer agent across the process is significant to success. We conclude by highlighting implications for future research into policy transfer and food system transitions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: transitions; scaling up; scaling out; policy transfer; public food
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2016
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 11:27

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