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Designing Urban Food Policies

Concepts and Approaches

  • Provides a holistic approach on urban food systems sustainability

  • Based on a concrete example based on research-action

  • An original analysis of urban food policies at the crossroads of policy levers and food system sustainability issues

Part of the book series: Urban Agriculture (URBA)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Urbanization Issues Affecting Food System Sustainability

    • Nicolas Bricas
    Pages 1-25Open Access
  3. History of Urban Food Policy in Europe, from the Ancient City to the Industrial City

    • Benoit Daviron, Coline Perrin, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard
    Pages 27-51Open Access
  4. Theoretical Approaches for Effective Sustainable Urban Food Policymaking

    • Julie Debru, Caroline Brand
    Pages 75-105Open Access
  5. Reconciling Sustainability Issues and Urban Policy Levers

    • Nicolas Bricas, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard, Clément Arnal
    Pages 107-122Open Access
  6. Putting Food on the Regional Policy Agenda in Montpellier, France

    • Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard
    Pages 123-138Open Access
  7. Conclusion

    • Nicolas Bricas
    Pages 139-142Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book is for scientists and experts who work on urban food policies. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the urban food system sustainability and how it can be tackled by local governments.  Written by a collective of researchers, this book describes the existing conceptual frameworks for an analysis of urban food policies, at the crossroads of the concepts of food system and sustainable city. It provides a basis for identifying research questions related to urban local government initiatives in the North and South. It is the result of work carried out within Agropolis International within the framework of the Sustainable Urban Food Systems program and an action research carried out in support of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole for the construction of its agroecological and food policy.


  • Open Access
  • Sustainability
  • Food Planning
  • Food systems
  • Governance
  • Urban design
  • landscape/regional and urban planning

Editors and Affiliations

  • Chaire Unesco Alimentations du monde, Montpellier SupAgro, MONTPELLIER CEDEX 5, France

    Caroline Brand, Damien Conaré, Julie Debru


    Nicolas Bricas, Benoit Daviron

  • Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Montpellier, MONTPELLIER CEDEX 2, France

    Laura Michel

  • UMR Innovation, INRA, MONTPELLIER CEDEX 2, France

    Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Designing Urban Food Policies

  • Book Subtitle: Concepts and Approaches

  • Editors: Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoit Daviron, Julie Debru, Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

  • Series Title: Urban Agriculture

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-13957-5Published: 26 July 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-13960-5Published: 15 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-13958-2Published: 17 July 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2197-1730

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-1749

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 142

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Additional Information: Original French edition published by Éditions Quæ, Versailles, France in 2017

  • Topics: Agriculture, Sustainability, Human Geography, Public Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)