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Cultivating food in urban and fringe landscapes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Maggie RoeORCiD, Dr Suzanne Speak


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This paper reflects on the cultivation of landscapes for food in urban and urban fringe areas. Urban agriculture and food production is now gaining attention from academics and policy-makers as a potential contributor to more sustainable urban living. A summary literature review (based on a larger study) indicates the plurality of theoretical approaches and a considerable history of urban food cultivation and landscape issues. Through a critical analysis of current research and project initiatives around the world, seven key issues are identified: interaction with landscape, community connections, lifestyle choice and healthy food production, social inclusion and equity, landscape character, technologies, urban policy and the regeneration of landscapes. We suggest that these provide a useful basis for further investigation into a rich area of potential landscape research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Roe MH, Sarlöv Herlin I, Speak S

Editor(s): Isabel Silva and Teresa Portela Marques

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Landscape: A Place of Cultivation (ECLAS 2014)

Year of Conference: 2014

Print publication date: 21/09/2014

Online publication date: 21/09/2014

Acceptance date: 20/08/2014

Date deposited: 02/10/2014

Publisher: University of Porto/ECLAS