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Food Supply Chains in Cities

Modern Tools for Circularity and Sustainability

  • Emel Aktas
  • Michael Bourlakis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Pingyang Liu, Neil Ravenscroft
    Pages 171-200
  3. Luciana Marques Vieira, Daniele Eckert Matzembacher
    Pages 201-231
  4. Laura Palacios-Argüello, Ivan Sanchez-Diaz, Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Natacha Gondran
    Pages 233-263
  5. João Roberto Maiellaro, João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis, Laura Palacios-Argüello, Fernando Juabre Muçouçah, Oduvaldo Vendrametto
    Pages 265-288
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-368

About this book


This book analyses the food sector which has economic and political significance for all countries. A highly fragmented and heavily regulated sector, it has become increasingly complex owing to globalisation and geographical decoupling of production and consumption activities. The urban population of the world has grown from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and more than 70% of the population is anticipated to be living in urban areas by 2050. Food supply chains play a vital role in feeding the world’s most populous cities, whilst underpinning transportation, storage, distribution, and waste management activities for the sustainability of the urban environment. That is why, this book presents the latest research on food supply chain management with a focus on urbanisation. The contributions involve food distribution in cities, food waste minimisation, and food security with a focus on models and approaches to achieve more sustainable and circular food supply chains.


food supply chain management food logistics food waste agro-industrial chains environmental management sustainability emissions food deserts circular economy internet of things city logistics urbanisation ecosystem services

Editors and affiliations

  • Emel Aktas
    • 1
  • Michael Bourlakis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ManagementCranfield UniversityCranfieldUK
  2. 2.School of ManagementCranfield UniversityCranfieldUK

About the editors

Professor Emel Aktas holds the Chair of Supply Chain Analytics at Cranfield School of Management, UK. She specialises in modelling, simulation, and decision support to address supply chains problems in transport, retail, and manufacturing. Her research focuses on minimising waste in food supply chains and logistics collaboration practises for food distribution in cities.

Professor Michael Bourlakis holds the Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management, UK where he is also the Head of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Group. His current research interests focus on technology and supply chain management, sustainability and supply chain management, food and retail supply chains.

Bibliographic information

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