Urban Food Democracy and Governance in North and South

  • Alec Thornton

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Emergent UA Themes and Concepts from North and South

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alec Thornton
      Pages 3-8
    3. Adrian H. Hearn, Thais Mauad, Luis Fernando Amato-Lourenço, Guilherme Reis Ranieri, Chris Williams
      Pages 45-69
  3. Opportunities for Top-Down/Bottom-Up Collaboration? Case Studies from the Global North

  4. The South Takes the Lead: Case Studies from BRICS, Asia and Africa

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 311-320

About this book


“Grounded in the urban politics of the 21st Century world-wide, this thoughtful volume hooks urban food – and especially its production – to social justice in a realistic and manageable way.” 
—Diana Lee-Smith, Mazingira Institute, Kenya

“An excellent international overview of urban food democracy and governance, with impressive geographical reach.”
—Andre Viljoen, University of Brighton, UK

This edited collection explores urban food democracy as part of a broader policy-based approach to sustainable urban development. Conceptually, governance and social justice provide the analytical framework for a varied array of contributions which critically address issues including urban agriculture, smart cities, human health and wellbeing and urban biodiversity. Some chapters take the form of thematic, issue-based discussions, where others are constituted by empirical case studies. Contributing authors include both academic experts and practitioners who hail from a wide range of disciplines, professions and nations. All offer original research and robust consideration of urban food democracy in cities from across the Global North and South. Taken as a whole, this book makes a significant contribution to understanding the potential enabling role of good urban governance in developing formal urban food policy that is economically and socially responsive and in tune with forms of community-driven adaptation of space for the local production, distribution and consumption of nutritious food.


Political Science Urban Agriculture Global Financial Crisis Social Ecology Urban Development Urban Food Democracy Human Health and Wellbeing Social Justice Urban Biodiversity Human Nutrition Alternative Food Networks Local Action Groups Common Agricultural Policy Climate Change Community Action Smart Technologies Food Security Town Planning Community Gardens Income Inequality

Authors and affiliations

  • Alec Thornton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New South Wales AustraliaCanberraAustralia

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