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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-07-01 - 2023-03-31

Given the magnitude of food systems’ challenges, scholars highlight the need for collective responsibility to engage in food-related behaviours that support the development of sustainable food systems. The concept of democratic food citizenship responds shifts the focus from the individual (i.e., consumption) to the collective responsibility to act on food systems’ implications. Democratic engagement is suggested to give individuals a sense of belonging, responsibility, and empowerment that may encourage them to commit to the environmental and social sustainability of food systems. However, individuals’ social and physical environments may affect their capacity of interaction with democratic food citizenship. This points to the need to explore how food environments (dis)enable people’s engagement with democratic food citizenship. To this end, this project proposal goes beyond individual behaviour (existing literature on food consumption and diets) towards collective action by integrating two key food studies concepts: food environment and food citizenship. This research aims to study the interactions between citizens and their community food environments and how the second may hinder or foster democratic food citizenship. Using two neighbours of the city of Bristol (UK) as case studies, an ethnographic study will be conducted that combines different qualitative methods (i.e., participatory observation, qualitative interviews, and visual data) to explore how different groups of urban dwellers interact with their community food environments. Empirical research will be guided by an analytical framework that identifies three dimensions for community food environments and relates them to four propositions for democratic food citizenship. This research will contribute to the emerging research and policy agenda around the concepts of food environments and food citizenship through new theoretical conceptualizations and empirical insights. It also offers a revised analytical framework to guide empirical research that is of relevance beyond the single case of Bristol.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-01-01 - 2025-12-31

While wind power is one of the fastest growing, most mature and cost-competitive renewable energy technologies, its further adoption faces significant challenges due to the reluctance to accept it by multiple societal actors. Factors such as restrictive regulation, disinformation, and misinformation as well as concerns about changes to landscape scenicness, negative impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and health impede the deployment of new wind power installations, even in locations with favorable wind power integration conditions. To reverse this situation and contribute to the decarbonization strategy of the EU, WIMBY aims at translating the results of cutting-edge in-depth models to assess potentials for development, impacts, conflicts and synergies of wind power into useful information for stakeholders to foster their societal engagement towards an extensive adoption of wind power. The project will merge high resolution spatially explicit techno-economic models of wind power potential development under multiple regulatory frameworks with models to assess environmental and health impacts, as well as with models to determine potential synergies in ecosystems. For areas and communities with potential for development of on-shore and off-shore wind power, we will conduct complementarity assessments and benchmarking of alternative designs of wind-parks and other renewable energy technologies for electricity generation, such as solar photovoltaic and biomass.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-09-01 - 2025-08-31

Numerous trials of implementing transition pathways across Europe illustrate the difficulty of designing policies that combine efficient climate action and justice considerations, especially for the most vulnerable groups. In this perspective, various citizens’ assemblies have been experimented. The TANDEM project aims to structure and disseminate these practices by designing and testing a methodology allowing policy makers to create and implement inclusive and just transition pathways by involving potentially affected stakeholders especially from vulnerable groups. It relies on several complementary, accessible, and replicable methods: deliberative democracy methods including art-based approaches and an innovative combination of appraisal and assessment methods. These methods constitute the backbone of a series of 3 deliberation panels with citizens, that invite them to build their system, their narratives and criteria, to define interventions that they will be invited to evaluate according to their own criteria and integrate in transition pathways for the future. Private companies and public authorities are also represented in this process. TANDEM will thus develop a transdisciplinary approach to identify and analyse emerging inequalities of low-carbon transition policies, as well as to co-design socially fair and effective alternative transition pathways with stakeholders. It will test its approach on 5 different case studies in Spain, Belgium, Finland, Poland and Austria, around controversial transition policies in energy and mobility affecting urban and rural populations.

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