Seminar schedule 2023

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The seminar is a combination of lectures (theoretical, case study and projects presentation) and interactive exercises that introduces the conceptual frameworks of Agroecological Urbanism, Regional Agroecological Food Systems, Multi-level governance, Food justice and democracy. The transdisciplinary approach is supported by the Participatory Action Learning Research and Action Learning Research (PALAR) in connection with a series of existing Living Labs on food resilience.

International participants from different background and level of education and professional expertise (from planning disciplines, agronomy, environmental sciences, and related subjects) are invited to participate to this transdisciplinary and participatory learning activity that supports a broader understanding of the contemporary challenges and existing strategies of approaching sustainable food systems in the context of spatial planning.

There will be two possible forms of participation: only attending the lectures and discussions or working on the assignment (5 ECTS). The assignment participants will work in small teams that focus on Living Labs or projects. They will benefit from additional tutoring/ feedback sessions and present their results in intermediary sessions.

The online seminar structured in 12 sessions (with additional presentations for assignment students) will take place in the first half of spring of 2023, running from March 2nd until June 1st 2023, Thursdays from 17.00 until 18.30 CET on zoom.


Session March 2, 2023

In the first session Roxana Triboi: gave an introduction to the program of the seminar and its learning goals. Damien Conaré showed the historical context and the field of play with the main sustainable food challenges. On the basis of an interactive session, Jeroen de Vries reviewed the main concepts for sustainable food planning. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here, the video recording of the plenary parts can be seen on the landscape portal.

Session March 9, 2023

Introduction by Roxana Triboi and an explanation of the challenges and background in governance by Nicole Pita of IPES. Agroecological Urbanism and the difference with traditional planning approaches - by Michiel Dehaene, Ghent University. You can view the presentation here. Michiel Dehaene presented the results of the project Building an Agroecological Urbanism on the website, which you can see here.

Session March 16, 2023

Joe Nasr and Matthew Potteiger present foundational visions and contemporary concepts of productive urban landscapes, and will give an outlook of approaches for this.

Matthew Potteiger is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the State University of New York, Syracuse, where his teaching, research and community projects focus on linking food systems with the design of landscape systems. He has studied food systems of Japan, Brazil and North American cities. For 10 years he taught a food systems design studio and has lead numerous community-based food system projects to for urban agriculture, public markets, and regional foodshed planning in New York State.

Joe Nasr is an independent scholar, lecturer and consultant based in Toronto. He has been exploring urban agriculture and food security issues for three decades. Joe taught or held fellowships at a number of universities in several countries; he is a lecturer and member of the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Toronto Metropolitan University. He co-wrote or co-edited five books and dozens of articles and co-edits the Springer Urban Agriculture Book Series.