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Working with the Gothenburg food system: Civil servants and researchers connected through the Urban Rural Gothenburg Research Forum

Conference contribution
Authors Kristina Fermskog
Karin Ingelhag
Mirek Dymitrow
Published in 4th Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference: “Lessons, Impacts and Outcomes”, Cutler’s Hall, 14–18 October 2019, Sheffield, UK
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Mistra Urban Futures
Language en
Keywords food strategy, food justice, strategy document, transdisciplinary collaboration, Gothenburg
Subject categories Food Science, Human Geography, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Environmental psychology, Public Administration Studies


Gothenburg’s Applied Food Strategy (GAFS) is both a municipal mission and an active testbed within Urban Rural Gothenburg, a three-year (2017-19) EU-sponsored project for sustainable development with the overarching aim to create improved conditions for green innovation and green business development between the city and the countryside. While a national food strategy is being implemented at the regional level, its municipal counterpart remains functionally independent as the city is reluctant to produce a new strategy document on food in an effort to reduce the number of strategy documents at the city level. However, transforming intentions into actions within the municipality requires that relevant strategy documents are in place. This presentation draws on insights from Mistra Urban Futures’ associated food networks, interactive platforms, scientific publications, a transdisciplinary anthology and a report on sustainable food to build a knowledge base that can help raise concerns, maintain motivation and enhance positive outcomes from food work with the overarching goal to unlock food justice.

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