Breakfast presentation about Local food initiatives and sustainable diets

Everyone is invited to learn more about a local food initiative in Tilburg. The presentation is based on the MSc research of Nicole van Riel.

Date:     Wednesday May 27

Time:     9:00-9:30

Where: Room 3011

What:  For the last six months I have been working on my master thesis, where I studied if participation in a local food initiative contributes to more sustainable diets. To answer my research question, I have done participant observations and semi-structured interviews at one particular initiative: ‘Goei Eete’ in Tilburg. To put the results in perspective, I have made use of transition theory. If you are interested in the findings, you welcome to join the final presentation next Wednesday.

If you are planning to attend in advance, please let me know via so there will be enough croissants (and little food waste!).

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About FoodGovernance

Jessica Duncan is Associate Professor in Rural Sociology at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City University London (2014). Jessica’s main research focus concerns the practices and politics of participation in food policy processes, particularly the relationships (formal and non-formal) between governance organizations, systems of food provisioning, the environment, and the actors engaged in and across these spaces. More specifically, she maps the diverse ways that actors participate in policy-making processes, analysing how the resulting policies are shaped, implemented, challenged, and resisted, and she theorizes about what this means for socio-ecological transformation. Participation and engagement is at the core of her approach. In turn, she is active in a broad range of local, national and international initiatives with the aim of better understanding participation processes with a view towards transitioning to just and sustainable food systems. She is involved in several research projects including ROBUST, HortEco & SHEALTHY. Jessica is published regularly in academic journals. She recently co-edited the Handbook on Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems (2020). Her other books include Food Security Governance: Civil society participation in the Committee on World Food Security (2015) and an edited volume called Sustainable food futures: Multidisciplinary solutions (2017). Jessica has received several awards for her teaching and in 2017 she was awarded Teacher of the Year for Wageningen University (shortlisted again in 2018 and 2019, longlisted in 2020). With the funds she has received for these awards she launched a story-telling workshop for students and faculty, with storytelling trainer, Emma Holmes. Jessica is on the Editorial Board of the journal Sociologia Ruralis and is an advisor to the Traditional Cultures Project (USA). She is a member of the Wageningen Young Academy and sits on the Sustainability Board of Experts at Wageningen University.