Edible City Solutions for a better world!

2nd Edible Cities Network Conference 2023
Advancing the Edible City: Ideas, Practices and Systems

Conference Programme Presentation


15th of March, University of Barcelona

Opening Remarks

  • Montserrat Puig, Vice-Rector for Equal Opportunities and Gender, University of Barcelona
  • Xavier Lopez Arnabat, Director General, Solidarity Foundation, University of Barcelona
  • Ina Säumel, Assistant Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Marie Maillart, Associate Director, RMIT Europe
  • Álvaro Porro, Commissioner of Social Economy, Local Development and Food Policy of the Barcelona City Council
  • Jago Dodson, Director, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
  • Isabelle Van Borm, Planning and Programming Assistant, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Keynote Speeches

Feeding cities at a time of climate urgency and a global socio-ecological crisis

Moderator: Teresa Sauras, Delegate of the Rector for Sustainability, University of Barcelona

The lapses of collapse: Exploring the sustainability of the city as an organizing element of human society

  • Enric Tello, Professor, Economic History and Institutions, University of Barcelona – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
  • Gustavo Duch, Independent Activist and Coordinator of the Journal “Food Sovereignty, Biodiversity and Cultures”

Municipal Strategies and Practices for Food System Transformation

Moderator: Ina Säumel, Assistant Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin

Metropolitan strategies for sustainable food: the case of Barcelona

  • Lidón Martrat,Coordinator of the Joint Office of Sustainable Food between PEMB, Barcelona City Council, Generalitat de Catalunya and PRODECA – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Towards an Edible Carthage: The need for a new model of governance

  • Boubaker Houman, Scientific Advisor, Municipality of Carthage and Hayet Bayoudh, Mayor of Carthage – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

What’s growing in Old Oslo and our tool box when employing inner city youths


Advancing Food System Transformation through Governance Innovation

Moderator, Nevelina Pachova, Research Fellow, RMIT Europe

Groen010: growing and strengthening Rotterdam’s network of green initiatives

  • Caroline Zeevat, Groen010 and Nienke Bouwhuis, architect and co-founder of Krachtgroen DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Public procurement as a tool for more circular and sustainable food systems

  • Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud, Research Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Towards Urban Food Governance for More Sustainable and Just Futures

  • Ana Moragues Faus, Senior Research Fellow Ramón y Cajal, University of Barcelona


Edible City Solutions and Urban Planning in the City of Barcelona

Moderator: Antonina Torrens, Associate Professor, University of Barcelona

Nature Plan 2021-2030, Barcelona

  • Marc Montlleó Balsebre, Director, Environment and Energy Efficiency, Barcelona Regional, Agency for Urban Development – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Urban Agriculture Strategy 2019-2030, Barcelona

  • Mireia Abril Janer, Coordinator, Urban Agriculture Strategy, Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens, Barcelona City Council – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION


16th March 2023, Civic Centre del Guinardó, Municipality of Barcelona

Rethinking the Concept and Practice of Edible Cities for Engaging the Margins

Moderator: Ina Säumel, Assistant Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin

Nature-based school-making

The long game to introduce urban agriculture in unlikely communities

  • Jess Halliday, Chief Executive, RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Barriers and strategies for the implementation of edible nature-based solutions

  • Joana Castellar, Postdoctoral Researcher, ICRA, and Alexandra Popartan, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Girona

Workshop #1: The future of urban agriculture from a social and metabolic perspective

Social perspective of urban agriculture: drivers and obstacles

  • Johannes Langemayer, Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB (moderator)

Metabolism analysis of water-energy-nutrients in relation to urban agriculture, including environmental impacts

  • Gara Villalba, Professor, Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant Integrated System Analysis of Urban Vegetation and Agriculture (URBAG)

The potential of nutrient recovery from the organic municipal solid waste and application to peri-urban agriculture of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

  • Juan David Arosemena, Phd Candidate, UAB

Potential changes of vulnerabilities in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona resulting from the expected transformations of the peri-urban agricultural areas

  • David Camacho, Phd Candidate, UAB
  • Tectum Garden, a spin-off business dedicated to the promotion of urban agriculture based in Barcelona
  • Verònica Arcas, Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB



Workshop #2: Edible cities and sustainable public procurement

Sustainable public procurement (SPP) of food and catering services can be a powerful tool to transform local food systems, by strategically aiming at local (economic, environmental and social) sustainability effects by use of public purchasing power. This session will discuss sustainable public food procurement policies and practices within the urban context through an exchange of ideas and experiences by practitioners and researchers from different cities.

Moderator: Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud, Research Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University

Edible cities and sustainable public procurement: the case of Bordeaux

Barriers for sustainable food procurement

  • Line Rise Nielsen, Food Policy Director, Changing Food, Copenhagen Food System Centre – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

The public catering in Milan: how public procurement can promote healthier and more sustainable diets

The power of public procurement


Workshop #3: Planetary health, edible city solutions and social engagement: State-of-the-art and pathways for enhancing connections and impacts

The workshop aims to explore the multi-faceted aspects of food and health in cities from both an individual and a planetary health perspective.

Moderator: Maria Izquierdo-Pulido, Director, Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Gastronomy, University of Barcelona

Planetary Health Diet in University Canteens: A Study on the Acceptance of Sustainable and Healthy Food Choices

State-of-the-art evidence of the health impacts of community gardening

  • Jill Litt, Senior Researcher, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (IS Global) and Coordinator, RECETAS Project – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Unpacking the meaning of gardening and its impact on well-being

Exploring what motivates people to take part in a community garden – an example from Oslo

  • Wendy Fjellstad, Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Physical happiness in green (food) initiatives in Rotterdam

  • Harmen Sliep , Groene Oase op Zuid and Nienke Bouwhuis, GroeneConnectie

Workshop #4: The Edible City Game – play for a more sustainable Sant Feliu de Llobregat

The workshop aims to understand how different edible city solutions impact in a different way the three dimensions of sustainability and to employ a serious game tool to reach consensus about the most efficient strategies to implement edible city solutions.

  • Josep Pueyo-Ros, Postdoctoral Researcher, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)
  • Joaquim Comas, Professor, ICRA and University of Girona

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