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Controversy and sustainability for localised agro food systems: thinking a dynamic link

Special issue call for papers from British Food Journal

Guest Editors:
Virginie Amilien, Consumption Research Norway, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences:  [email protected]

Pascale Moity Maizi, UMR GERD/IRD; SUPAGRO-Montpellier:
[email protected]

Localized Agrofood Systems (LAFS) are a key concept of the European agricultural policy and therefore a central topic in food studies.

This special issue proposes a multidisciplinary reflection on a particular and rarely explored topic, concerning the role played by controversy over the sustainability (environmental, economic, social and cultural) of Localized Agrofood Systems. LAFS are socio-technical and territorial realities that have largely developed in the last 20 years but have also became the subject of new policy issues, questions and controversies. Focusing on practical experiences related to Geographical Indications (GIs), geographical certifications and the role and management of emerging controversies, this issue proposes a comparative approach to analyse sustainable food systems caught in a tension between markets and cultural heritage. 

The issue will focus on discussing whether controversies are, or not, essential as democratic tools for sustainability, either by provoking disagreements and discussions, or by providing the opportunity to update and resolve in permanent negotiation the locks of sustainable development.

Submit your work now!

We invite researchers from different disciplines to explore and discuss the role of Socio-technical controversies in the dynamics and sustainability of a food system and / or certification.

Submission Procedure:
Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at which gives full details.

Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Submission Deadline: 31st October 2018

Anticipated Publication: March 2019