Meeting the growing appetite of cities sustainably: a consumption perspective

10 December 2019
Deworkacy Polyanka
19:00 - 20:30
lecture in Moscow
About the lecture
Lecture will be delivered in English without translation
The growing appetite of cities is one of the greatest challenges of our times. We have a great deal of choice about what we eat in 2019, but this abundance is under pressure. Climate change, waste, resource depletion, environmental pollution, social inequality, and diseases of affluence call for drastic change in the food system.

How can we feed more people who will live longer, and want to do so more healthily, without depleting the Earth? Taking an urban consumption perspective, the lecture addresses the interrelated challenges of creating a more sustainable urban food system that also contributes to healthier food consumption patterns. Illustrating global trends as well as international contextual differences, the issues and tensions that will be discussed include city-region food systems, eroding confidence in food systems and food quality, social equity, and the unruliness of everyday consumption practices of urbanites. Today's decisions are made for the future. How will urbanites will be able to answers the question 'What's for dinner?' in 2050?
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck
Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is a professor of Food and Healthy Living at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences and senior research fellow at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University. She has particular qualifications in consumer and market research on accessing sustainable food and on food security in urban areas. She holds a master in history and international relations, a master in Russian and Eurasian Studies both at Leiden University, and a PhD in consumption sociology at Wageningen University with a thesis on food consumption in modernizing Vietnam.

Sigrid has more than 20 years of experience in business development, market/consumer research, marketing and distribution strategy within the international commercial sector. Since 2016, she leads the research program studying how to feed the city within the metropole region Amsterdam-Almere. Also, she liaised with Wageningen University conducting research in the global south; amongst others, she is dealing the project called Retail Diversity for Dietary Diversity.

Her interest in global urban food security informs her research agenda on the relationship between metropolitan development, food provisioning and food consumption. With a background in consumption sociology, main areas of Sigrid's interest include everyday consumption practices and equitable access to sustainable, safe and healthy foods.

She is regularly consulted as strategic advisor both by ministries in the Netherlands and abroad on issues related to food security and food safety in emerging markets. Moreover, her international background in the fields of research, policy and business allows her to establish vital connections between the private sector and knowledge institutions in creating interdisciplinary approaches for real world issues.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 19:00
Deworkacy Polyanka
Bolshaya Polyanka Street 2/10, bld. 1, Moscow, 119180
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