The Edible Cities Network Conference 2023
In 2023, the Edible Cities Network Conference was held in Barcelona 15–17 March.
The conference was co-organised and hosted by RMIT University, the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. On this page you will find presentations, posters and photos from the event.
What: The Edible Cities Network Conference 2023 – Advancing the Edible City: Ideas, Practices and Systems
When: 15-17 March, 2023
Where: Barcelona, Spain (1st day also streamed online)
Advancing the Edible City: Ideas, Practices and Systems
15–17 March 2023
In March 2023 the Edible Cities Network held its 2nd Annual Conference.
Advancing the Edible City brought together leading researchers, policymakers and city administrators, civil society actors, green city activists and entrepreneurs to explore the ideas, practices, and systems necessary to support the sustainable, resilient and socially just development of our cities’ food systems.
Thank you to all of the organisers for making this event such a success!
Transforming our food system, with a particular focus on how to move from a global one to more local, circular city-based systems.
Innovations – on institutional, technological and governance levels – that can help us reimagine current urban food systems.
How connections between people, nature, places and institutions can foster a sustainable urban food future in cities around the world.
Explorations of Edible City initiatives in Barcelona through group field trips, their positive impact on the city and how they can inspire and inform others.
Examples of best practices from around the world – from individual actions to city-wide strategies – in the Edible Cities Network Awards.
How to sustain and scale Edible City practices and connections with future projects, new collaborations and innovative approaches.
Edible Cities Network Conference 2023
Whether you are a newcomer to the topic of urban food innovation, edible nature-based solutions and Edible Cities, or a seasoned professional, here are just a few reasons to attend Advancing the Edible City is the event you didn’t want to miss.
Over three days, attendees got the chance to:
- Hear first-hand experiences from experts in the fields of urban farming, sustainable food collectives, community gardening and food systems research.
- Take inspiration from food systems innovators worldwide through roundtable discussions.
- Join unique field trips across Barcelona to visit grassroots urban food projects with real impact.
- Explore the most interesting developments, successes and challenges from the Edible Cities Network project’s Living Labs.
- Learn about what different cities are doing to become more edible, by successfully integrating sustainable food policies and strategies into their urban development plans.
- Discover exciting and impactful edible city initiatives from around the world – via the winners of the Edible Cities Network Awards
- Network with hundreds of international urban food enthusiasts and together build alliances for more resilient urban food futures.
With a combination of keynote talks, round-table discussions, field trips to urban food projects in Barcelona and lots of chances to discuss and network, this 3-day event explored the very latest findings on the power of urban food innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic challenges within cities.
It will also offered space to create and discuss future visions for our cities, explore what steps we can take to integrate edible nature-based solutions into current and future urban developments, and ensure urban areas that embrace nature-based solutions thrive with green-planning at the centre of their growth.
Download the programme for 2023
Edible Cities Network Conference 2022
Find out more about last year’s online conference, including keynote speakers, expert guests and discussion topics, watch recordings of all of the sessions and discover the different winners of the Edible Cities Network Awards 2022.
Jago Dodson is Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University since 2014. He has extensive record of research into housing, transport, urban planning, urban policy, governance, infrastructure, energy, and spatial labour market questions. Prior to joining RMIT Jago was Director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University.
Ina Säumel leads the research group on Multifunctional Landscapes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She conducts and supervises research on urban and landscape ecology and land use change with a special focus on developing concepts for multifunctional, biodiversity-friendly and healthy landscapes.
Enric Tello is an Agricultural and Environmental Historian in the Department of Economic History, Institutions, Policy and World Economy at the University of Barcelona. He leads a multidisciplinary research team that explores new societal topics from a long-term historical perspective. His research employs socio-metabolic approaches to energy and material balances of agricultural systems, as well as landscape ecology analysis of land cover land-use changes, among others.
Gustavo Duch is an independent activist and Coordinator of the Journal “Food Sovereignty, Biodiversity and Cultures.” He collaborates closely with peasant movements such as La Vía Campesina and Plataforma Rural and is author of several books on related topics, such as Stories of Progress, Gardens of Freedom, Secrets and Lots of Little People. Previously, Gustavo worked as Director of Veterinaries without Borders.
Lidón Martrat is a political scientist with a master’s degree in Public Management. She has worked in international cooperation from 2000 to 2020, both as an expatriate in Central America and in the field of project management and strategic planning of organizations. Specialized in the field of food sovereignty (marketing circuits, education, health and public procurement), she has been the Operational Coordinator of the project of the World Capital of Sustainable Food 2021, of the Barcelona City Council and the PEMB. At the PEMB, he is currently in charge of the Coordination of the Shared Office of Sustainable Food.
Dr. Hayet Bayoudh, Mayor of Carthage since 2018 and President of the EdiCitNet City Team, is committed to safeguarding the Site Carthage-Sidi Bou Said, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. She has been working on the diversification of approaches for protection in order to make heritage a driving force for local development through international collaborations in the areas of sustainable urban food, tourism development, intercultural exchange and heritage restoration, among others.
Boubaker Houman has a PhD in Agro-eco-pedology and is a specialist in soil and environmental sciences. Teacher and researcher for more than 35 years at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Tunis, he was also Chief of Staff at the Ministry of the Environment. An environmental activist for the respect of human rights and the environment, he is a member and activist of several Mediterranean networks.
Natalie Keene is an Australian agroecologist living in Norway and working as the ‘district farmer’ in an inner city area of the Oslo Municipality. She leads a project called Young City Farmers (Unge bybønder) and is the person responsible for a green funds scheme to kindergartens. Her work and projects won the District of Old Oslo the EdiCitNet award for the Best Overall Edible City Approach last year.
Caroline is a social green entrepreneur. She has worked since 2011 at various urban farming projects in the Rotterdam area and as well as in the development of the city-wide network of green (food) initiatives Groen010.
Nienke is an architect and co-founder of Krachtgroen, a multidisciplinary designers collective that develops the power of green space in and around the city of Rotterdam. Nienke has been working in Rotterdam on various green projects for the past 12 years, including setting up the city-wide network Groen010. All involve the strengthening of green, social, healthy, edible, climate-adaptive, educational and biodiverse networks in the city.
Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud is a political scientist and sociologist with academic background in the field of management and audit. Her research interests and expertise lie the fields of democracy and the organization for co-decision making in urban regeneration processes and in urban governance related to innovation, entrepreneurship and the quality of government.
Ana Moragues Faus
Ana Moragues Faus is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Barcelona. Her inherently interdisciplinary research revolves mainly around urban and regional development, sustainable food systems, food security, social justice, and governance with a strong dedication to having an international impact.
Nevelina is Research Fellow at RMIT Europe, the European hub of Australian university RMIT. As lead of the Urban Governance and Network Infrastructure Work Package in the EdiCitNet project, she works with cities in exploring appropriate governance arrangements for facilitating stakeholder engagement, anchoring edible-nature based solutions in planning and enabling exchange and learning across the EdiCitNet network. Her background is in political science, development economics and participatory planning.
Marc Montlleó Balsebre
Marc Montlleó Balsebre is Director of Environment and Energy Efficiency at Barcelona Regional (BR). An environmental engineer and biologist by training, Marc has participated in the development and coordination of a diverse range of environmental assessments and strategic development plans in the metropolitan regions of Barcelona. Alongside with his work at BR, he also teaches at the BIArch Productive Land Workshop, the Open University of Catalonia and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia, among others.
Coloma Rull Sabaté
Coloma Rull Sabaté is Head of the Biodiversity Program of the Barcelona City Council, and responsible for coordinating the execution of the Natura 2030 Plan of Barcelona. An agricultural engineer by training, she has been working at the Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens of the Barcelona City Council since 1998, coordinating and participating in strategic studies related to the management of green spaces and urban trees, such as the first Management Plan for street trees in Barcelona, the 2017-2037 Tree Master Plan of Barcelona, the Barcelona 2020 Green and Biodiversity Plan, and the Barcelona 2021-2030 Nature Plan.
Mar Humet Caballero
Mar Humet Caballero graduated in environmental sciences from the University of Barcelona. She is part of the MarChange group at the Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO) in Portugal. Since October 2022 he has been collaborating with the Biodiversity Program of Barcelona City Council.
Mireia Abril Janer
Mireia Abril Janer is Coordinator of the 2019-2030 Urban Agriculture Strategy, which is currently a part of the new Natura 2030 Plan of Barcelona. Her expertise and experience lie in the areas of forest ecology, environmental management, education for sustainability, environmental communication and participatory processes. Currently, she is also a member of the technical team Mans al Verd (citizenship participation) at the Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens at the Barcelona City Council.
Antonina Torrens Armengol
Dr. Antonina Torrens Armengol is coordinator of WASH (Water Hygiene and Sanitation) and Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for sustainable development programs at the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona (FSUB), member of HIDROSEC (Sanitary, Cooperation and Economic Hydrology) research group of the University of Barcelona (UB) and associated professor at the Biology, Healthcare and Environment department, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences (UB). Her research interests and expertise is in the field of natural technologies for sustainable water management, water quality and water reuse.
Rosa Binimelis has a PhD in Environmental Sciences (Ecological Economics). She has worked on the multidisciplinary analysis of agro-food systems, and she is specialized in socio-environmental conflicts related to bio-security. In parallel, she investigated on food sovereignty and alternative agri-food systems movements. During the last years, her work is focused on the design and implementation of public policies for food sovereignty and agroecological transition within the cooperative Arran de terra.
Erik Hobbelink has a degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Agroecology. He worked in the Càtedra d’Agroecologia i Sistemes Alimentaris of UViC in research projects related to Climate Change and food systems and the situation of extensive livestock farming in Spain. He has also worked with farmer communities in northeastern Brazil on short marketing circuits, rural-urban relations and access to water. He is currently working with the cooperative Arran de terra focusing on implementing strategies for agorecological transition in Collserola and Sant Feliu de Llobregat.
Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association of Britain, and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. He is the founder of the 12P Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu. He is also co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera) and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe. Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).
Filka Sekulova is a postdoctoral fellow at the IN3 institute, (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), part of the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory and the COOLSCHOOLS project. Filka is a founding member of the academic think thank Research & Degrowth, and part of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Between 2014 and 2021 Filka was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) working in the field of community-based initiatives, urban environmental justice, degrowth and happiness.
Jess Halliday is chief executive of RUAF, a non-profit community interest company (CIC) that aims to accelerate food systems transformations for greater sustainability, resilience, and equity in cities and city regions around the world.She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City, University of London.
Gara Villalba is a full professor of the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her bachelor’s degree is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998), and her PhD from the University of Barcelona (2003), both in chemical engineering. Her research is dedicated to the study and optimization of resource metabolism from a systemic approach based on Industrial Ecology tools such as Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis. Recent studies focus on analyzing and optimizing the food-energy-water nexus of urban systems. She was recently awarded an ERC Consolidator Integrated System Analysis of Urban Vegetation and Agriculture (2019-2024), and is a recipient of ICREA Academia 2021.
Johannes holds a PhD in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm University (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and in Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA). He is a geographer by training (Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany) and obtained a Joint European Master in Environmental Studies. His research is motivated by making cities more sustainable, inclusive and resilient. His research approaches cities as complex social-ecological systems and his previous work has primarily focused on the relation between urban green infrastructure and human well-being through transdisciplinary and mixed-method research approaches.
Juan David Arosemena
Andrea works as a consultant at the municipality of Milan – Food Policy Area and he is the project manager for the H2020 Food Trails project. He is an urban planner by training, with expertise in territorial policies and rural-urban projects. In the last ten years, he supported farmers in the creation of new agricultural districts in the Milan area and at the Municipality of Milan he worked on European projects UIA-OpenAgri and H2020 Reflow.
Betina Bergmann Madsen
Betina works at the municipality of Copenhagen where she specialized in procurement of sustainable and organic food. She was appointed by the European Commission to work as an expert for commenting on the Green Public Procurement Criteria for food and catering that was published in 2019. Since 2017, she has been a member of the EU Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement (SEGPP).
Growing up in the Southwest of France, where the gastronomy is the basics of the culture, gave me the love of good food. Since a couple of years, I have been in charge of the ambitious food policy of Bordeaux Métropole. Bordeaux is part of the Food Trails project. Participating in the Food Trails project reinforces my trust in the power of cities to transform the food systems. Let’s make the difference together!
Line Rise Nielsen
Line has a background in political science and works in the fields of policy making process, fundraising and strategic consulting concerning public government. She has more than 10 years of work experience with various public institutions, such as the City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen House of Foods and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark. Since 2014 she has been an independent consultant in her company FoodCause. She is also a co-founders of CPH Food Space – a cooperative for food start-ups and entrepreneurs and a founder of Changing Food, an organization that aims to assist professional kitchens to be drivers for a sustainable food system.
Maria Izquierdo Pulido
Ashby Lavelle Sachs
Ashby Lavelle Sachs is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the RECETAS Project targeting loneliness with nature-based activities at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal). Ashby holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from CU Boulder in the USA, where she studied loneliness, social connectedness, and prescribing time in nature. Previously, Ashby completed her BA in French Language, and minor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and a MS fellowship in Public Horticulture with Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware in the USA. Additionally, Ashby worked in botanic gardens such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, Tresco Abbey Gardens in Cornwall, UK, as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Golden Parks and Recreation in Golden, Colorado as a horticulturalist, educator, administrator, fundraiser, and researcher.
Harmen Sliep has been working as a gardener in the Groene Oase op Zuid, Rotterdam since May 2020. He supports the vegetable gardeners, guides the volunteers in the communal garden and makes the garden plan every year. Apart from caring for the plants and people in the garden, Harmen collaborates with other green projects in Rotterdam in exploring great ideas for new green activities.
Maria Teresa Sauras Year
Teresa Sauras is Delegate for Sustainability of the Rector of the University of Barcelona (UB) and lecturer in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Teresa was head of studies in Environmental Sciences from 2019 to 2022 and is a representative of the UB in the Ad Hoc Group on Sustainability of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). She is a member of the Consolidated Research Group FORESTREAM, and her lines of research include soil-plant relationships and ecological restoration, among others.
Maroua has been working as an information & project manager at the technical unit of the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector “SEMIDE” since September 2015. Maroua is an engineer in natural resources management, and she has a Master of Science from CIHEAM-IAMM on Agricultural Management and Territories. In 2014, she worked at the Union for the Mediterranean secretariat in Water & Environment Division. Maroua has strong experience in virtual water and food security, in urban agriculture and water management gained through her participation in different European funded projects.
David Steinwende, MSc, is scientific coordinator of the NPO “Forum Urbanes Gärtnern” which runs the “Central Garden Office” of Graz. He has a background in Environmental Systems Sciences and Geography and deals with the question of sustainable and equitable food supply systems.
Dr. Birgit Rumpold studied Food Technology at the TU Berlin, where she did her PhD in the Department of Food Biotechnology and Food Process Engineering on the modification of biopolymers such as starches applying high hydrostatic pressure processing. Since 2016, she is researching and teaching at the Department Education for Sustainable Nutrition and Food Science on topics including edible insects as an alternative protein source in food and feed, consumer acceptance and consumer research, education for sustainable nutrition, and (vocational) education for sustainable development. Furthermore, she is part of numerous project such as the EU projects BioBeo and SusInChain, the Erasmus+ project DIVE, and national projects Tango and TUB Teaching 2.0.