Knowledge brokerage to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking research and policy
03 / 2011 - 08 / 2012
The policy issue central to this project is food as many of todayâ s sustainability problems are related to the prevailing pattern of food production and consumption (including processing and distribution). Hence, developing more sustainable food production and consumption patterns will have a significance impact on sustainable development in general. This project aims to develop and experiment with new integrative modalities of linking research to policy-making in the field of sustainable food consumption and production, thereby contributing to the establishment of new policy- relevant communities of researchers, policymakers & CSOs and enhancing the use of research insights in policies to promote sustainable food systems. Three different Communities of Practice (CoP) will be developed focusing on different dimensions of newly emerging integrated territorial food geography: a) short food supply chains, b) sustainable public food procurement, and c) urban food strategies. Like the FOODLINKS consortium, each CoP will consist of researchers, policymakers and CSO representatives. In this project we will monitor and evaluate the knowledge brokerage activities in the CoPs, in order to propose new ways of linking research and policymaking in the food domain as well as in other public domains.