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Apr 13

Urban food and farming – part of a green future for cities?

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm CEST

Is Urban food and farming a part of a sustainable future for cities ?

For decades, urbanisation has been a mega trend, and now more than half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities. Feeding this increasing urban population with fresh, healthy and sustainable produced food will require a huge transition of our existing food systems. What are the biggest challenges in this transition? What kind of food systems and management do we need? And can the cities and their citizens be key players in the solution?

Since 2017, a group of researchers at University of Copenhagen has focused on urban food and farming, and to them many solutions to future resource challenges lie in the reassessment of elements of our food production, and urban farming and urban food systems can help solve some of our challenges.

At this side event, you can meet six of these researchers and discuss their research and the perspectives that lie within it


• The role of urban farming in climate adaptation, Jakob Magid, Associate professor, UCPH-PLEN

• Urban cultivation – between urban management, alternative practices and green cities, Trine Agervig Carstensen, Professor UCPH-IGN

• Urban and vertical farming systems and food quality, Kristian Holst Laursen, Assistant Professor, UCPH-PLEN

• The role of city-regions in transforming the food system, Marin Lysák, Post doc UCPH-PLEN

• How can urban farming be a meaningful part of socially and ecological just urban futures? Rebecca Leigh Rutt, assistant professor, UCPH-IFRO

• Growing communities, growing young people – Insights from the SESAM 2020 program, Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Professor UCPH-IGN

Moderator: Marie-Louise Boisen Lendal, CEO and founder, Think Tank Frej


University of Copenhagen