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