Creating pathways to just and sustainable food systems with citizen assemblies

Schmid, Patricia; Lamotte, Léa; Curran, Michael; Bieri, Sabin (2024). Creating pathways to just and sustainable food systems with citizen assemblies. Innovation: the European journal of social science research, pp. 1-19. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13511610.2024.2309173

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Food systems affect and are affected by the interrelated crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion and health, amongst others. Transforming to sustainable approaches is vital, yet entangled with uncertainties, complexity and a great value diversion with stakeholders. Deliberative processes such as citizen assemblies offer a valuable contribution to such a transformation, since the crises and their responses affect everyday life, and therefore inviting individual and collective action. Still, who is included and whose knowledge counts affects outcomes. Theoretically anchored in concepts of environmental justice, our study analyses three nation-wide citizens’ assemblies on climate change and food systems from Western Europe. It assesses (a) how citizens’ assemblies can incorporate a broad set of viewpoints and design more substantive political answers to current crises, and (b) whether citizens’ assemblies include environmental justice aspects to facilitate social change. The paper argues that systematic and methodologically reflected inclusion of various positionalities can inspire decision-making processes in that they incorporate procedural, recognition, and distributional justice to address problems of climate change or modern food systems. It concludes with offering further approaches to include more than scientific knowledge in deliberative processes for a just transformation towards sustainability.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Patricia Catherine, Lamotte, Léa Marie, Bieri, Sabin


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




Taylor & Francis


[1749] Deliberative diets
[804] Socio-Economic Transition




Melchior Peter Nussbaumer

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2024 11:02

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2024 11:02

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