Urban food and the commons in the city

Dr Matt Reed was in Bologna last week attending an IASC-Conference on Urban Commons, where he presented a paper, penned by himself together with Drs Dan Keech and John Powell, on urban food and commons in the city.

John Powell is a leading researcher on commons and common resources, whilst Matt and Dan have researched extensively into urban food.

The aim of the conference was to better understand the idea of urban commons at different scales, under what circumstances and contexts urban commons emerge, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them.

Whilst in Bologna, Matt wrote a blog in which he reflects on the concept of urban areas being managed as common resources and the likely importance of non-state public control and ownership. Read Matt’s blog.

The slides of his presentation, entitled ‘Urban Agriculture: charting the new democratic governance of food production’ can be found on the CCRI Slideshare account.

More information on the conference can be found via this link.

Urban commons, Tokyo
Urban commons, Tokyo