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Moving towards new regional and urban food systems

Note: this objective is particularly adapted to citizen science and open innovation

  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture: characterizing and designing agricultural systems and practices adapted to highly anthropogenic environments, along with their ecosystem services, especially those related to soils
  • Social innovation: describing new ways of distributing and consuming foods in cities and surrounding areas; evaluating their effects on buying and eating behavior as well as on social cohesion among the different groups found in urban areas; examining the role and impact of local policies on such social innovations
  • Sustainability and resilience: using integrated modeling to explore the biophysics of urban systems (e.g., continuity between urban and rural areas; designing urban food landscapes); characterizing environmental footprints and exploring the coexistence of different food models; developing public policy strategies to encourage healthy lifestyles and environmentally friendly behaviors 


Characterizing dietary transitions of urban populations and analyzing their economical and sociological impacts are at the core of this objective (divisions AlimH, SAE2, metaprogrammes DID’IT and GloFoodS). In addition, division SAD investigates how urban food systems are conceived and provides knowledge for designing food policies in cities. Safety impacts of production, retail and consumption practices in urban context are studied by department MICA and especially by division PHASE for animals. Management of urban wastes in cities, purification methods such as soil bioremediation, sewage sludge and waste water treatment are studied by division EA and metaprogrammes ECOSERV and MEM.

Keywords: FOOD-1