Workshop Torino 2018

27857854_10213394410846675_1882894712112314808_n Call for papers open! (see below)

 Deadline extended: 07.04.2018



At the interface between global and local forces, today City Regions are increasingly recognised as the relevant scale for developing integrated and effective solutions to build more sustainable, just and secure food systems. Current paradigms are moving beyond the idea of City Regions as geographically bounded places towards conceiving them as dynamic spaces of interactions. In the last decade, local institutions, civil society initiatives, producers, but also multi-stakeholder organisations, have developed innovative practices and policies, offering context-specific solutions for designing and developing resilient and equitable City Region Food Systems (CRFSs). Often the outcome of contested political processes and complex spaces of negotiations, these new practices and policies have challenged mainstream thinking and top-down institutional dynamics to develop new urban-rural interactions on food-related issues.

CRFSs have recently received increasing attention as a promising territorial approach to urban food systems. They consider the city and its rural hinterland as a functional and spatial continuum. By focusing on rural-urban linkages in terms of social, functional and agro-ecological interactions, CRFSs have the potential to connect issues usually separated such as food provisioning, processing, marketing, consumption and waste. Moreover, CRFSs have recently been considered crucial in integrating planning and climate change adaptation and disaster-risk reduction, both at the urban and territorial level.

Despite a growing number of diverse food-related initiatives in cities, research and policies inspired by the concept of CRFS remain still marginal. Most cities ignore the contribution of the rural hinterland in building sustainable plans and projects, and producers in the hinterland hardly sell their products directly to urban markets.

This workshop aims at improving the understanding on how City Region Food System can serve as a key framing concept to improve mainstream planning, business and governance processes, and as a practice to nourish the development of more sustainable, resilient and agro-ecological food systems.


[DAY 1] Thursday June 28

Room: Sala della Caccia

13:00 – 13:30      Registration

13:30 – 14:00      Institutional welcome and opening remarks

Umberto Janin Rivolin, coordinator of the PhD course in U&RD, Politecnico di Torino
Patrizia Lombardi, Head of DIST Department, Politecnico di Torino

14:00 – 14:45      First Keynote speech: Egidio Dansero

14:45 – 15:15      Q&A

15:15 – 15:30      Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:15      Second Keynote speech: Andrea Calori  

16:15 – 17:45      Q&A and open discussion with keynote speakers

17:45 – 18:00      Wrap-Up

[DAY 2] Friday June 29

08:45 – 09:00      Opening

09:00 – 10:45      Interactive training session on Public Speaking and Communication (Lorenzo Tesio)

10:45 – 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00      Session for 3min individual presentations and feedbacks

13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

14:00 – 16:00      Interactive training session on PhD conflict management (G. Pettenati & M. Santangelo)

16:20 – 16:50      Report from the morning session

16:50 – 17:20      Wrap-up

19:30 – 20:00      Joint Dinner @ ViaBaltea3 (optional)

[DAY 3] Saturday June 30

09:00 – 13:00      Field Trip (locations soon to be announced)

13:00 – 13:15     Farewell

13:15 – 14:30      Joint Lunch @ La Locanda nel Parco (optional)

Contributing Experts

egidio pngEGIDIO DANSERO is Full Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at UNITO. He is delegate of the Rector for International Development Cooperation and Environmental Sustainability and Coordinator of UniToGO (Green Office of the University of Turin). His main research interests are: sustainability and local development; mega-events; environmental conflicts; local development and cooperation in the Global South; urban food strategies; and food systems. He coordinates the research group working on the Atlas of Food projects and he is involved in the processes
of defining urban food policies in Turin.

andrea pngANDREA CALORI is a professional and researcher in the field of sustainable development policies. He has worked with Italian institutions at different levels and with various national and international authorities (Council of Europe, European Commission, OECD, FAO, UNDP). He is a member of “EStà-Economia e Sostenibilità”, a non-profit research and training center. He wrote Food and the Cities (Edizioni Ambiente, 2015) and Coltivare la città (Altraeconomia, 2009).

manili pngSIMONE MANGILI is currently Aide to the Mayor of Torino, as well as to the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Sustainability. He is responsible for managing strategic projects requiring cross-sector collaboration and for developing and executing policy and projects to realize an ambitious sustainability agenda elaborated by the Muncipality. Prior to joining the Mayor’s team, Simone was Head of Projects and Operations at Torino Internazionale, where he managed metropolitan strategic planning processes including the metropolitan area’s third strategic plan: Torino Metropoli 2025.

tisio pngLORENZO TESIO is a trainer and consultant for public and private firms. He has held a number of courses in Public Speaking and Communication at the PhD school of Politecnico di Torino.

How to participate

Please send the short papers following the template provided and the enclosed registration form before March 20th, 2018 to the following e-mail address:!

All accepted papers will be published in an open source publication (with ISSN) which will be made available to participants before the beginning of the workshop!

Participants will be charged a fee of 30 euros, which covers program materials, coffee breaks and bus to the field-trip. Details on how to pay the fee (by bank transfer) will be communicated by the organisers on acceptance of the registration form.

Lunch and dinner are optional and will be paid at the participants’ own expense!

Instructions for presenting:

Everyone will present his/her own paper in 3 minutes (please respect the time), adopting a short format presentation and using one slide in .pdf or .ppt formats as a support. For special requests, please ask the organising committee.

For instructions and suggestions on how to make an effective 3-minute presentation, some useful examples can be found here.

Save the dates!

15.02.2018 – Launch of the call for papers

07.04.2018 – Registration and paper submission deadline

30.04.2018 – Notification of acceptance

28.06.2018 – First day of the workshop: Keynote Speeches

29.06.2018 – Second day of the workshop: Training and individual presentations

30.06.2018 – Third day of the workshop: Field-trip in Torino’s rural hinterland

We are looking forward to welcoming you
in Torino on the 28th of June 2018 !

Organising Committee

Luca Lazzarini, DiST/Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Benedetta Giudice, DiST/Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Anna Paola Quaglia, DiST/Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Colin Perrin, INRA/Montpellier, France

Gloria Giambartolomei, CAWR/Coventry University, UK

Radu Mircea Giurgiu, Melissa Foundation & UASVM Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Jan Eelco Jansma, AERES University of Applied Sciences Almere and Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands


We would like to thank DiST Department of Politecnico di Torino and the PhD committee in Urban & Regional Development for funding and hosting the workshop.

For info, please contact:


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