In order to develop a sustainable food supply system, that enables food sovereignty and resilient food production on a regional level, the focus on local initiatives is increasing.

Initiatives with transformative potential are no longer exclusively situated in the sphere of either production or consumption, they are not only situated in either urban areas or the countryside, and are not only driven by economical success and/or limited by ecological demands. Instead these initiatives may diminish the impact of exogenous shocks and facilitate creative adaptation to changing environmental, socio-economic, and political conditions.

This project focuses on the potentials for transformation towards a sustainable food production by taking into consideration the following questions when analyzing initiatives:

  • How can these transformative economic systems initiate innovation instead of remaining a niche player?
  • How can we evaluate their contribution as pioneers of transformation?
  • Do these initiatives have the potential to change the established food system bottom-up?
Apr 2015 to Mar 2018

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät II, Department für Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften