Using the framework offered by Sustainable Food Cities, the project is focusing on the development, adoption and implementation of sustainable food plans and strategies by cities and other geographical areas – and by universities and prisons. We are scoping activity across the region and exploring in more detail selected examples and the alignment and interaction between them.
The Research Aim:
To explore, map the alignment between and increase understanding of place-based and sector/setting-based sustainable food plans and strategies within the North West of England.
- To identify, map and produce an overview of place-based and relevant sector/setting-based sustainable food plans and strategies across the North West region.
- To explore the underpinning motivations and processes by which sustainable food plans and strategies have been developed, adopted and implemented in selected geographical areas and their constituent settings (universities and prisons).
- To explore the alignment of sector/setting-based sustainable food plans and strategies with the overarching food strategy for the city/area in which they are located – examining the extent to which there are common or divergent understandings of what a ‘sustainable food’ plan is; and identifying whether setting-based plans are understood to be part of and to contribute to overarching place-based plans and strategies.
- To identify facilitators and barriers to such alignment and to the development and implementation of holistic and co-ordinated approaches across sectoral boundaries.