Land use and urban planning as a catalyst of the agroecological transition_13-14 December 21

We are happy to announce the next International Conference Land use and urban planning as a catalyst of the agroecological transition, chaired by the GIAU+S (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) and the Spanish Network of Agroecological Cities It will take place online next 13th and 14th December.

 It opens a space for collective reflection to exchange knowledge and experience between researchers and technicians, practitioners, and public bodies

ETSAM, 13-14 December 2021 (online EN/ES simultaneous translation)

The conferece is FREE OF CHARGE. Registration:

Monday 13rd December_10.30 -14.00: Agroecological food systems in masterplans

Facilitator: D. Jorge Molero Cortés, Red de ciudades por la Agroecología

10.30 Institutional opening

  • D. Alejandro Ramón Álvarez, Delegate Councilor for Agriculture, Sustainable Food and Vegetable Garden of the Valencia City Council, Presidency of the Network of Cities for Agroecology

10.45. Technical Handbook “Agroecological Food Systems in Urban and Land use Planning”. Marian Simón, GIAU+S (UPM), Red de Ciudades por la Agroecología.

11.15 Through the lens of the primary sector, Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture

11.45 Through the lens of social movements Josep Gavaldá, Asociación Per l’Horta, València (TBC)


12.30 Through the lens of the law. Rosario Alonso Ibáñez. Chair of Administrative Law. Universidad de Oviedo

13.00 Through the lens of municipal management. Montse Hernández Martín. Chief of Forestry Management Section. Zaragoza city council

13.30 Final remarks: How far can urban planning go? notes for a roadmap

Monday 13th December 16.00-18.30: AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning. 

16.00 Introdction. Jeroen de Vries y Roxana Triboi, LE:NOTRE Institute

16.15 Action Research: pointing tthe way for agroecological systems Daniel López, IEGD-CSIC, RCxAe

16.45 Session1 AESOP-SFP.

  • Public land as a resource for urban food policy? Constructing the missing geography and the evolution of public land ownership in the city region of Ghent (Belgium). Hans Vandermaelen, U. Ghent
  • Food as an Urban Space: A Comparative and Geo-Historical Analysis of Extended Urban Food Spaces in the Mediterranean Area. Sebastian Burgos, U. Milan-Bicocca

17.30 session 2 AESOP-SFP

  • From consumers to local governments, a territorial approach to healthy food access strategies in rural areas (South of France). Claire Néel, U. Montpellier
  • Exploring the Emergence of Innovative Multi-Actor Collaborations toward a Progressive Urban Regime in Madrid. Clara Medina, U. Leuven

18.15 Final remarks

Tuesday 14th December_16.00-20.00: Latin America: Agroecology, production and urban and rural spatial planning.

16.00 Manuel González de Molina (facilitator)

16.15 Food sytems in the metropolitan area of Concepción(Chile). Ana Zazo Moratalla, Universidad del Bio-Bio

16.40 Food close to the table and family farming. Mauricio Betancourt García, Escuela Superior de administración Pública de Bogotá (Colombia)

17.05 Socio-economic-environmental crisis and self-production of food: Agroecology in Argentinean cities, from the past to the future. Walter A. Pengue, GEPAMA, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

17.30 Discussion


18.15 Rosario, cultivate and feed: An urban agroecological experience. Ing. Agr.  Antonio Lattuca, Programa Agricultura Urbana de Rosario (Argentina)

18.40 Agroecological and environmental management of farms for the management of production in Páramo de Sumapaz,Colombia. Guillermo Montaño. Agrónomo 

Agroecología, Agroturismo y Borde de ciuAgroecology, Agrotourism and city edge (rural Bogotá). Ana Otilia Cuervo Arévalo, Líder Campesina

19.00 Claudia Toledo, Planning Division in the Biobío Regional Government, Chile

19.10 Discussion


Open lecture series

A few members of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning community have been teaching in an open lecture series organised by Jerone de Vries and Roxana Triboi at LE:NOTRE Institute (NL). The lectures aimed to be a first step towards a collective building of a curriculum for sustainable food planning, which often is not part of ordinary undergraduate planning education across Europe.

The 7 lectures included:


2) April 15 – CITY-REGION FOOD SYSTEMS AND URBAN FOODSCAPES (Coline Perrin & Damien Conaré)


4) & 5) April 29 & May 6 – AGROECOLOGICAL URBANISM (Chiara Tornaghi & Michiel Dehaene)

6) May 12 GOVERNANCE -DEVELOPING NETWORKS for AGROECOLOGY with a CASE STUDY of the Netherlands (and other countries) (Piet Rombouts & Jeroen de Vries)

7) May 20 Research Methods on sustainable food planning (Mark Spires)

All lectures can be viewed here:

New book published: Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism. Political, Transformational and Territorial Dimensions

Building on state-of-the-art and participatory research on farming, urbanism, food policy and advocacy, this new book changes the ways food planning has been conceptualised to date, and invites the reader to fully embrace the transformative potential of an agroecological perspective. It argues for moving away from a “food in the city” approach, and to rather fully consider (and transform) the economic and spatial processes that drives current urbanisation. 

The book, a collaboration between the editors and 26 authors, includes a selection of contributions presented at the 8th International Conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning group, hosted by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK, in November 2017.

Tornaghi, C., Dehaene M. (eds.) (2021), Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism. Political, Transformational and Territorial Dimensions. London: Routledge. (250pp.; ebook £31.49; Paperback: £34.99)

Introduction. Embracing political agroecology, transforming sustainable food planning 
Chiara Tornaghi and Michiel Dehaene

1. Food as an urban question, and the foundations of a reproductive, agroecological, urbanism 
C.M. Deh-Tor

2. Sharing the harvest: Transformative artful and activist methodologies for urban agroecology 
E. Von Der Haide, A. M. Orrù, B. Van Dyck, et al.

3. Commons and Commoning for a Just Agroecological Transition: The Importance of Decolonising and Decommodifying our Food Systems
Tomaso Ferrando, Priscilla Claeys, Dagmar Diesner et al.

4. Urban agrarian alliance building in peri-urban Rome: The pivotal role of land access in food system reconfiguration
Luca Colombo, Stefano Grando and Giacomo Lepri

5. Urban agroforestry as a strategy for aligning agroecology with resilience planning initiatives 
Sarah Lovell and John Taylor

6. Soils, Industrialised Cities, and Contaminants: Challenges for an Agroecological Urbanism 
Salvatore Engel Di Mauro

7. The potential of bio-intensive market gardening models for a transformative urban agriculture: Adapting SPIN Farming to Brussels 
Noémie Maughan, Natalie Pipart, Barbara Van Dyck et al.

8. The transformative potential of agroecological farmers: an analysis of participatory food system strategies in Nicaragua and England
Elise Wach and Santiago Ripoll

9. Conjugating Social and Solidarity Economies in Chiapas, Mexico: Redesigning food systems for economic, social and ecological virtuous circles
Emilio Travieso

10. Peasant Counter-Hegemony towards post-capitalist food sovereignty: Facing Rural and Urban Precarity
Mark Tilzey

Conclusions. The programmatic dimension of an agroecological urbanism
Michiel Dehaene and Chiara Tornaghi

AESOP-SFP IX Conference. Book of Proceedings Available

Dear all, it is with great pleasure  that we inform you that the Book of Proceedings “Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown Food planning for the post-carbon city” of the IX AESOP-SFP Conference is now available. You can read/download it in this link:

A good collection of case studies were presented, giving insight in what is happening in such different contexts:

Conference AESOP-SFP Madrid19. FINAL PROGRAM


(Side event) PhD Workshop Wednesday 6th November. Escuela de Arquitectura (Faculty of Architecture)

12:30 – 13:00: Registration – get to know each other – short individual presentation 

13:00 – 14:00: Interactive training session 

14:00 – 14:30: Lunch

14:30 – 16:00: Masterclass with Prof. Dr. González de Molina

16:00 – 16:15: Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00: Wrap up –  Paris 2020, next steps of AESOP PhD and YP Group

Thursday 7th November. Escuela de Arquitectura (Faculty of Architecture)

8:30 – 9:15       Registration

9:15-9:45     Official Welcome and Opening Remarks

Alberto Garrido, Vice Chancellor for Quality and Efficiency Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

José Miguel Fde-Güell, Director Urban and Territorial Planning Department (UPM)

Chiara Tornaghi, Chair AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning

9:45-10:45   Keynote Speaker. Manuel González de Molina (Pablo Olavide University) “How to scale up Agroecology: Proposals for advancing the agroecological transition”

10:45-11:00     Coffee break

11:00-12:15    Parallel Sessions I

Aula 1

  • Chairperson: Chiara Tornaghi 
  • Innovations in farmland management to support a transition towards agro-ecology and more territorialized food systems.    Coline Perrin
  • Agricultural Landscapes of Densification. The Case of Luxembourg. Ivonne Weichold
  • Strategic spatial planning and reorientation of the agro-food system in Valencia. Evaluating urban transformative capacities for sustainability. Sergio Segura Calero and Nancy Sarabia**
  • Planning for food through agroparks: room for manoeuvre fostering sustainable farming. Elke Vanempten**

    Aula 2

  • Chairperson: Caroline Brand
  • Does agro-ecological transition of the city necessarily implies alternative urban policies ? A discussion through the Carma project in Paris. Paula Mace-Le-Ficher
  • How to operationalize urban food systems in planning? A transectoral approach. Margot Olbertz and Christoph Kasper
  • Tools for the ecological transition. A proposal of indicators for the community of Madrid. Laura Jiménez Bailón**
  • Urban food strategy of Madrid: an evaluative case-study. Tanya Zerbian**

Aula 3

  • Chairperson: Henk Renting
  • The birth of Food Council MRA. Arnold van der Valk
  • From grassroots to collaborative action: Governance of a community garden with a neighbourhood-level food cycle in suburban Tokyo. Naomi Shimpo**
  • Agro-ecology and the Metropolitan Biopolitics of Food in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Florian Kroll
  • The emergence of translocal city food networks: reinventing meta-governance for sustainable food security. Ana Moragues-Faus

12:15-13:30    Parallel Sessions II

Aula 1

  • Chairperson: Michiel Dehaene
  • Crisis in urban, agricultural and food systems. Situated knowledge approach towards resilience potentials for urbanism issues and tools. Caroline Brand
  • Urban/rural co-productions. Planning approaches for improving the sustainability of local food systems in Italy and England. Luca Lazzarini**
  • Agroecological Landscape Modelling as a Deliberative Tool: Prospective Horizons of Socioecological Planning in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Vallès County, Catalonia. Roc Padró
  • Spatial planning as a lever for agroecology, the missing ingredient in the re-localization of food system in the Mediterranean basin. Marian Simón

Aula 2

  • Chairperson: Kathrin Specht
  • Feeding Sustainable Cities Platform reshaping the Portuguese foodscape: Exploring the role of internet and ICTs. Cecília Delgado**
  • The role of knowledge and universities in food democracy. Camilla Adelle
  • Emerging new food systems – transforming education and training systems. Niels Heine Kristensen. 
  • The Foodprint Melbourne project: a transdisciplinary approach to establish an evidence base, future vision and policy framework for sustainable urban food system transformation in Melbourne, Australia. Seona Candy**

13:30        Lunch time

14:30-15:30    Keynote Speaker Luis Orive (Vitoria City Council)   “Difficulties for the implementation of an agroecological model in Vitoria-Gasteiz”

15:45-17:30    Parallel Sessions III 

Aula 1

  • Chairperson: Marian Simón
  • Food-productive infrastructure: Enabling agroecological transitions from an urban design perspective. Katrin Bohn**
  • Embedding agroecology’s soil care principle in the urbanised society: the case of Flanders. Hans Vandermaelen**
  • Food and Multifunctional Urban Green Infrastructure. Julián Briz**
  • Food Planning Matters – Towards an Integrated Approach for a Sustainable Rural Urban Nexus. Christoph Kasper**
  • The Urban Agriculture Nexus. Silvio Caputo**
  • Exploring the food in the urban food-water-energy-nexus: innovations and policies for resilient and sustainable urban development. Alexandra Doernberg**

Aula 2

  • Chairperson: Emilie Houde-Tremblay
  • Prosumer, Food Growing, Food Policies. Jan Eelco Jansma
  • Tourism in support of agroecological food production. Barbara Maćkiewicz and  Ana Espinosa
  • Short supply chains and agroecological transition in the Cusco region (Peruvian Andes). Reflections on the hybridization of different sustainability approaches. Margaux Girard**
  • The role of the rural Open Public Food Markets in the construction of territory. Nadia Fava**
  • An invisible movement in city:  the transformation through the agroalimentary system. Cristina Rodríguez García**
  • Does food availability differ by socioeconomic status of the neighborhood? A typology of foodscapes of Montpellier, France. Vonthron, Simon **
  • Is urban (food) planning contributing to build class divisions?’ An approach to food geographies contradictions. Inés Morales Bernardos

18:30- 20:30  Optional visits

Local food and drink tasting at El Fogón Verde, an agroecological restaurant located in the centre of Madrid.

Inland CAR. Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural, a platform  that links territory, culture and social change

Friday 8th November. Escuela de Arquitectura 

9:30-10:30    Keynote Speaker Emma Siliprandi (FAO). 

“UN-Partners’ Scaling up Agroecology Initiative – a framework to guide the transition towards sustainable food and agricultural systems”

10.30 – 10:45  Pausa café

10:45 – 12:00     Parallel Sessions IV 

Aula 1

  • Chairperson: Coline Perrin
  • Productive cities for urban regeneration: the case study of Turin (proGIreg H2020 project). Giacomo Pettenati
  • Integrating agroecology in urban food strategies to fight food poverty. Potential impact in Madrid’s deprived neighbourhoods. Marian Simón**
  • Exploring the spatial planning dimensions of urban informal food. Luoman Zhao**
  • The transformative potential of community kitchens for an agroecological urbanism. Preliminary insights and a research agenda. Carlotta Gennari**

Aula 2

  • Chairperson:  Daniel López, Fundación Entretantos, Red de Ciudades por la Agroecología
  • Who Governs the Food Agenda?  Food democracy and power in an American City. Mary P Corcoran**
  • Can Living-Lab be a tool to foster Food Democracy ? An analysis of a territorialised agri-food system reshaping process in France. Romain Feche**
  • Towards a more-than-human right to the city. Debra Solomon**
  • Striving for food democracy through municipal Food Policy Councils. Experiences from Germany and Canada. Marit Rosol

12.00 – 12.30 Posters Sessions

RENASCENCE: The Role of European National Health Services in the enhancement of sustainable food systems. Goiuri Alberdi Aresti & Mirene Begiristain Zubillaga

Delivering a healthy and sustainable food economy in Letchworth Garden City, UK. Andre Amelie 

Urban, circular economy mushroom farm has large climate change impacts from transport  Erica Dorr, Christine Aubry, Benoit Gabrielle

Moving to town : urban appropriations of agroecology in Madrid and Quito. Émilie Houde-Tremblay

Food sovereignty in a globalized urban world. Strategies, arenas and actors in the current food movement in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia. Laura Mendoza Sandoval

Relación entre los huertos sociales, kilometraje de alimentos y existencia de desiertos alimentarios agroecológicos. Carolina Orjuela-García

Demonstration plots in Maputo’s urban agriculture as adaptive instrument to disseminate knowledge and to promote innovation for an agroecological change .C. Z. Seichter, A. Tobies  

Agroecological production in the Community of Madrid.Laura Jiménez, Julia del Valle-González, Raquel Clemente-Pereiro; Sociedad Cooperativa Germinando  

Albov – developing agroecological urbanism:the intersection of food sovereignty and food democracy. Megan Resler & Sophia Hagolani-

Urban Agriculture and the Food-Energy-Water-NEXUS: Comparison of Policy Documents of five Metropolitan Regions in Europe and the U.S. Kathrin Specht

Urban Food Strategy of Madrid: An evaluative case study. Tanya Zerbian

Exploring the spatial planning dimensions of urban informal food systems in China. Luoman Zhao

Creating and sharing knowledge in Organic Agriculture, Food Systems and Urban Planning.


12:30        Lunch time

13:30-14:45    Parallel Sessions V

Aula 1

  • Chairperson: Marian Simón
  • A spatial perspective on food transition in diffused settlements. Lessons from the Veneto region. Alessandra Manganelli**
  • URBAL: a tool to unfold the impacts of urban-driven innovations on food systems’ sustainability. The example of two case-studies in Montpellier (France). Elodie Valette
  • Multifunctional Urban Space. Urban agriculture as a tool for climate vulnerability mitigation. Giulia Lucertini**
  • “Innovativeness” in urban agriculture: Which novelties in the social, environmental and economic dimension do urban agriculture projects produce? Kathrin Specht

Aula 2

  • Chairperson: Nerea Morán
  • “You need to have a shared vision”: Factors that support or obstruct the sustainable establishment and development of urban community gardens. Runrid Fox-Kämper
  • From Leisure to Necessity: Evolution of urban allotments in the province of Alicante in time of crisis. Marit Rosol, Ana Espinosa Seguí and Barbara Mackiewicz
  • Food production and distribution in allotment gardens: past or future? Ewa Kacprzak-Barbara Mackiewicz -Magdalena Szczepańska**
  • Urban Agriculture as Activism: The Cases of São Paulo and Paris.  Gustavo Nagib**

Aula 3

  • Chairperson: Alberto Matarán. Universidad de Granada
  • How multi-level food policy networks can improve local food systems: evaluating the Dutch ‘City deal: Food on the Urban Agenda. Lara Sibbing**
  • Food sovereignty in a globalized urban world. Strategies, arenas and actors in the current food movement in City-Region of Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia. Laura Mendoza Sandoval
  • Deepening, broadening, and scaling-up: the case of Australian local food initiatives. Leticia Canal Vieira** (no pub.)
  • Integrating traditional private actors in the construction of a food public strategy: the case of independent shopkeepers and wholesalers in Paris. Natacha Rollinde**

14:45-15:30    Plenary. Wrap-up.  Scientific Committee

Institutional Closing words: Alejandro Benito. Chair Applied Research and Agrarian Extension Department. IMIDRA (Instituto Madrileño de Investigación y Desarrollo Rural, Agrario y Alimentario)

Manuel Blanco. Director School of Architecture. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Friday 8th November. Afternoon LCE – La Casa Encendida

17:00-18:30    Open Discussion Session. Researches-Social Movements-Local Government. Who’s planning an agroecological transition that addresses the climate emergency? Convenor: Marian Simón Rojo

  • Emma Silipandri. FAO Scaling up agroecology
  • Alberto Leboreiro Amaro. Vice-director Regional Planning, Government Agency Comunidad de Madrid
  • Agustín Hernández Aja, President WG Sustainability CRUE (Conference of Spanish Universities’ Rectors)
  • Luis Velasco and Juan Carlos Liano.  Madrid Agroecológico / AUPA / Trasiego

19:00-21:00    Social Dinner

Saturday 9th November

9.30-15:30  Field Trip. Visit to urban and periurban agro-ecological projects

We will visit spaces with artisan canning projects, embedded in the historically working-class neighborhoods of the south of the city and cooperative agro-ecological projects, involved in alternative food networks in the Agrarian Park. We will be able to taste the fruit of their work, as the visit culminates with an agroecological meal in one of the farms, rich in biodiversity and peasant wisdom.

2019 Conference announced

There will be a dedicated PhD and Young Professional event, one day before the conference (6th of  November). You can choose to participate to it, in the registration form.

The 9th AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning international conference on Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown: Food planning for the post-carbon city will be hosted at the Faculty of Architecture, 7th and 8th November 2019,, organized by GIAU+S, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and Surcos Urbanos.

The Conference is financially supported financially by the “Programa Propio I+D+i” from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and is possible thanks to the facilities and contribution provided by the Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid, Urban and Regional Planning Department and La Casa Encendida The Conference is financially supported by the “Programa Propio I+D+i” from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)


Book of abstracts

The booklet of the conference, including the programme, directions, special events, book of abstracts and list of delegates (as closed on the 1st of November) is now available to download here as a PDF file. The abstracts are listed in alphabetical order by surname of the first author. To download, click here: Book of abstracts (PDF)


Draft Programme published and updates

Dear all, the draft version of the programme (minor changes expected) is available now. You can view it here:

Posters: if you are presenting a poster: please bring a poster that is in portrait format (no landscape) and max. size A1.

Presentations: all sessions are 90 minutes long. Some sessions have three presenters, some have four. If you are in a session with three, you will have approx. 25-30 minutes, including presentation and questions. If you are allocated to a session with four presenters, you will have approx. 20 minutes, including questions. Please check the final programme once available, as the number of presenters in your session might still change.

Publication plans: we are behind with the evaluation of the draft papers received from you in the previous weeks. We expect to make the selection closer to the date of the conference (immediately before or after), hence the full papers (from those selected) will be expected after the conference. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Food at the conference: we are proud to announce that all food served at the conference venue (Technocentre) will be organic, and that the food served during the social event (The Hub) will be local and provided by local farmers.