Preliminary Program & Keynote speakers

Programme and Side events

There will be held a number of special events before, during and after the conference, as a Phd workshop, Side Events, an Open Session along social movements, and Field Visit.

Wednesday 6th November. Escuela de Arquitectura
PhD Workshop. 10:00-17:00

Side Events. 18:30-20:30

  • Historic farm visit Quinta Torre Arias
  • Local food and drink tasting at El Fogón Verde
  • A Rural Taste at CAR- Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural (Centre for city Approaching to Rural life)

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


  • 8:30         Registration
  • 9:15-9:45     Official Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:45-10:45    Keynote Speaker. Manuel González de Molina (Pablo Olavide University) Agroecological Transition
  • 10:45-11:00     Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:15    Parallel Sessions I
  • 12:15-13:30    Parallel Sessions II
  • 13:30        Lunch time
  • 14:30-15:30    Keynote Speaker Luis Orive (Vitoria City Council)     Agroecological Urbanism
  • 15:30-17:30    Parallel Sessions III (City Networks)

Friday 8th November. Escuela de Arquitectura

  • 9:30-10:30    Keynote Speaker Emma Siliprandi (FAO). (TBC) Food Democracy
  • 10:30-12:30     Parallel Sessions IV + Posters Sessions
  • 12:30        Lunch time
  • 13:30-14:30    Parallel Sessions V
  • 14:30-15:30    Plenary and Closing Session

Friday 8th November. Afternoon LCE – La Casa Encendida

  • 17:00-18:30    Open Disucssion Session. Researches-Social Movements-Local Government
  • 19:00-21:00    Social Dinner

Saturday 9th November

  • 9.30-15:30  Field Trip. Visit to urban and periurban agroecological projects

Keynote speakers

Manuel González de Molina.

Full Professor of Modern History. Coordinator of the Agro-Ecosystems History Laboratory (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain). Co-director of Master Degree Program on Agro-ecology at International University of Andalusia from 1996 to now. President of the Spanish Society for Agrarian History ( and member of the editorial board of the ISI-refereed journals Historia Agraria [Agrarian History Review], Anthropoce, and Sustainability. Vice-president of the Spanish Society for Organic Agriculture (SEAE) since 2006 until 2014. Minister of the Department of Organic Agriculture of the Andalusia Government (Spain) from 2004 until 2007. Author of several books, among the most recent: The Social Metabolism. A socio-ecological theory of historical Change (Springer, 2014) Energy in Agroecosystems: A Tool for Assessing Sustainability (CRC Press, USA, 2017). Author of a hundred articles published in journals such as Environment and History, Ecological Economics, Land Use Policy, Environmental History; Regional Environmental Change; Ecology and Society; Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems; Journal of Interdisciplinary History; etc…

Luis Andrés Orive.

Forestry engineer from the Higher Technical School of Forestry Engineers of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. PhD on regional landscape analysis. From 1989 until February 2008, and since 2015 he is Director of the CEA (Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz). In October 2007 he was invited as expert of the Council of Europe within the international work group appointed to develop the “Pan-European Ecological Network”.
Since June, 2011, he has been Managing Director of the Department of Environmental Strategy, Public Space and Landscape planning in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Coordinator of the EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL AWARD Project He has been member of the “Assessment of Good Practices in Sustainable Development” board of experts of the UN-HABITAT Committee in Spain and member of the Group of Experts appointed by the Basque Government to advise on the re-examination of the Regional Planning Guidelines of the Basque Country and the definition of a New Regional Strategy. Since 2008, he has been a habitual collaborator and assistant professor on the Masters course in Landscape Architecture of New York University (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse.

 Emma Silipandri.

EmmaSiliprandiLowAgronomist, Master on Sociology, PHD on Sustainable Development (Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil/Universidad de Valladolid, Spain).
FAO Agricultural Officer, Lead Focal Point for the Scaling up Agroecology Initiative, launched in 2018 by FAO jointly with UNDP, WFP, IFAD, CBD, UN-Environment and WHO.
She coordinated FAO regional projects on food security policies in Latin America and Caribbean for the last 10 years. Professor and researcher in Masters Course on Agroecology in Spain and Brazil.
Main publications: Women’s perspective on Agroecology (SOCLA/CLACSO, 2018); Gender, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty (Icaria, 2014); Women and Agroecology (UFRJ, 2015), and other articles.


Chiara Tornaghi.

Chiara Tornaghi is a critical human geographer and scholar-activist with a background in politics, sociology and planning. After graduating in Political Science (2001, State University of Milan), she obtained her PhD in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methods (2005, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), and a Postgraduate Certificate in European Spatial Planning (2006, University of Newcastle, UK). Chiara has worked as lecturer and researcher at the University of Leeds (2008-15), TU Vienna (2009-10), University of Milano-Bicocca (2005-08) and Politecnico di Milano (2008). Since 2015 she works at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry (UK) as Research Fellow in Urban Food Sovereignty and Resilience. Her recent work revolves around urban agroecology, food justice, and the politics of urban land. Her most recent publication is: Tornaghi C. (2017) “Urban Agriculture in the food-disabling city: (Re) defining urban food justice, reimagining a politics of empowerment” in the journal Antipode

Marian Simón Rojo.

Marian Simon-Rojo is an architect, has a PhD in urban and regional planning, and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Faculty of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Marian is involved in master planning and has participated in various research projects on urbanism, agriculture, food systems, and public participation. She takes part in agroecological movements and was co-responsible for the design of Madrid’s Food Strategy.