Prof. Doina Petrescu, (Co-investigator) University of Sheffield. Doina is an architect and Director of Research in the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture, her research addresses outstanding questions in architecture and urban planning focusing on issues of civic participation and gender and the relations between co-production and resilience. Productive urban landscapes are a key element of major action research projects including EU funded prototype projects testing, participative strategies of development, practices and networks of local resilience for European cities, mapping and developing social and physical capacities. RURBAN, a current live project in the Paris suburb of Colombes, includes the experimental Agro-Cité productive landscape as part of a system of closed loop developments.
Prof. Katrin Bohn is an architect and holds academic posts at the University of Brighton (architecture) and is a guest professor at the Technical University of Berlin (Landscape Architecture) for the past four years. She undertakes research into CPULs with Andre Viljoen and is currently leading an action research project on urban agriculture for the Berlin municipality of Marzahn. Katrin is an advisor to the Berlin’s International Garden Festival (2017), which has urban agriculture as a theme.
Clare Devereux is Policy Director of the UK not for Profit organisation Food Matters, an advisory organisation promoting sustainable and equitable food systems. Food matters works in several national and local policy arenas and have innovated in a number of areas, including planning policy where their work led to Brighton and Hove council adopting the first Planning Advisory note in the UK advocating the provision of food growing spaces in urban development. Food Matters are working two other leading UK NGO’s Sustain and the Soil Association running the UK sustainable food cities network.
Dr. Howard Lee, Hadlow College, Howard trained initially as an ecologist (MSc Ecology), but then moved into agriculture as a Government potato breeder, combined with lecturing at Queen’s University Belfast. In 1990, he took a Senior Lectureship at Wye College (University of London) and subsequently at Imperial College where he initiated, directed and taught on Britain’s first 'MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development' (SARD). He moved to Hadlow College in 2004 and has lectured there until now. In 2006, he started Britain’s first 'Foundation Degree in Sustainable Land Management' and continues to lead and teach on various aspects of sustainable agriculture to a range of degrees. Howard helped initiate the HadLOW CARBON Community and facilitated a community allotment on College land, which continues to be managed by village families and assisted by College staff and students.
Dr. Chiara Tornaghi, University of Leeds, is a researcher and teaching fellow in the Cities and Social Justice Research Cluster, School of Geography at the University of Leeds. Chiara’s research area is urban agriculture, food commons and urban metabolism and is co-chair of WG5 (Urban metabolism), within the EU funded COST Action “Urban Agriculture Europe”. As activist-scholar she is involved in a number of local initiatives, among which the umbrella organisation Feed Leeds. Between 2011 and 2013 Chiara led the ESRC funded “Urban Food Justice” social platform on urban agriculture in the Leeds City Region. This consisted of a series of convivial, networking and learning events, co-designed with citizens and policy makers, to support action and policy design in the field of urban agriculture.
URBANIAHOEVE / Debra Solomon, Mariska van den Berg and Annet van Otterloo. Urbaniahoeve, Social Design Lab for Urban Agriculture comprises of artist Debra Solomon (art director), art historian Mariska van den Berg (writer/researcher of bottom-up public space infrastructure), and historian Annet van Otterloo (producer and project coordinator of artist-initiated urban regeneration). Their critical spatial practice comprises action research, creating spatial planning visioning for municipalities and working with communities to build an edible ecological framework into urban neighbourhoods. In the style of naming one's land and landscapes, from Walden, to the Farm, places inspired by self-reliance and conviviality, in Dutch, Urbaniahoeve means, 'the city (as a) farmyard', indicating the ready-built city as the place where we might 'get ourselves back to the garden'.
Craig Verzone, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, is a partner in the Swiss multi-disciplinary practice, Verzone Woods Architectes (VWA). Craig has recently finalized research entitled The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for the National Research Programme entitled “New Urban Quality".
FUI investigates the potential of urban food production as a factor contributing to new urban quality and examined the city of Lausanne as a case study to propose a series of multi-scalar theoretical pilot-projects to test its findings.
In 2013, VWA won an international competition to design an Agro-Urban park in Bernex-Confignon, Geneva. Currently in the design development phase, it is one of the first major productive public parks to be commissioned in Europe and highlights design research as a critical step towards implementation.
Prof. Han Wiskerke, Is Professor of Rural Sociology and head of the Rural Sociology Group at the University of Wageningen (Netherlands). His current research interests focus on the complex interplay between urbanization, healthy and sustainable urban meals and sustainable rural and regional development. Han is also a Reader at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and has/is running a large number of European research projects, crossing policy, governance, and planning fields.