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Title Local food systems as key to comprehensive integrative governance of sustainability (KERNiG)
Title Original Kommunale Ernährungssysteme als Schlüssel zu einer umfassend-integrativen Nachhaltigkeits-Governance
Official Acronym KERNiG
FiBL project number 35139

Food systems are currently hardly embedded in the municipal sustainability governance. Food production and provisioning is highly structured horizontally (between food products) and vertically (along the supply chain); and municipalities do not seem to be in control of the food market. Against this background we address the following research questions:

  • How can smaller cities include food systems in their local agendas as cross-cutting theme and thereby initiate and perpetuate comprehensive processes of local sustainable transformations?
  • How does the deliberate planning of local food systems interact with existing sustainability strategies in the fields of energy and mobility?
  • Which processes of integration in policy, market, society, and knowledge networks are necessary to achieve a successful governance of sustainability through municipal food systems planning?
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Project status completed
Start of project 01.01.2016
End of project 30.09.2019
Financing/ Donor
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung im Rahmen der Sozial-ökologischen Forschung (SÖF), Deutschland
Project partners
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Universität Kassel
  • Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen
  • Stadt Leutkirch im Allgäu
  • Stadt Waldkirch
  • NAHhaft – zukunftsfähige Ernährungsstrategien in Städten e.V., Berlin
Project Advisory Board
  • Dr. Basil Bornemann
  • Prof. Dr. Peter H. Feindt
  • Franz-Reinhard Habbel
  • Gudrun Heute-Bluhm
  • Prof. Dr. Clare Hinrichs
  • Roger Kehle
  • Prof. Dr.Dr. Martina Schäfer
  • Wolfgang Teubner
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
  • Frick Rebekka (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Meier Matthias (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
Role of FiBL

Leitung Subteilprojekt „Bestandsaufnahme kommunaler Lebensmittelflüsse und ihrer Umweltwirkungen“

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Date modified 31.05.2019
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