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Albane Gaspard is passionate about translating research results into relevant information for environmental actors. She is convinced that sound evidence is key to sound policies, and has been working for the last 10 years between science and action.
She discovered urban agriculture in London in the mid 2000’s. When she came back to France, she contributed to the launch of the International Urban Food Network (IUFN) in 2012 in order to facilitate local authorities’ development of urban food policies. She was Secretary General of IUFN until January 2015, then President until May 2016. She now acts as a Community manager there.
Albane has contributed to several reports related to the sustainability of urban food systems. Among which, she co-authored in 2016 Food, Climate Change, and the City, a Policy Perspectives Paper, as part of the Climate Change Urban Food Initiative together with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Fondation Nicolas Hulot. She also co-authored, in 2015, one of the first analysis of the action of French local authorities in France.
She was part of the small team that organised two major international conferences on urban food in France: Hungry City – Feeding the City of Tomorrow, in 2012 and Land for Food, in 2014.
She is always keen to explore new ways to convey complex ideas in simple ways. She co-authored two short movies, which present a fast-paced, fact-filled look at why there is an urgent need now for action towards more sustainable food systems: Why do we need to change our food system? and How and why should food be considered within the climate policies of cities?
Albane has a degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Rennes, and an M.S. in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Nevin Cohen is Associate Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health, and Research Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. His research explores the policies, governance systems, practices, and infrastructure to support socially just, healthy, ecologically resilient, and economically viable urban and regional food systems. Current projects include a study of the food practices of older adults; an examination of food retail in New York City; the intersections of zoning, planning, and food access; the effects of social equity policies on food systems; and an evaluation of the effects of urban farms in New York City Housing Authority developments. Dr. Cohen is the co-author of a recently published book, Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (University of GA Press) that examines the potential of urban farms and gardens to address racial, gender, and class oppression. He has a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.
Thierry Giordano joined FAO in January 2016 as a Decentralized Cooperation Advisor within the Partnership and South South Cooperation Division. He advices and assists FAO technical divisions in the development and implementation of initiatives targeting local governments and supports the development of collaborations between FAO, local governments, and local government networks. From 2012 to 2015, he was a senior researcher at Cirad (French Research Institute on Agricultural Development), where he co-authored the thematic chapter of the OECD/UNDP/BAD flagship African Economic Outlook 2015 on Spatial Development and Regional Inclusion. He previously worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (2007-2012), where he led a pioneer study on the potential for job creation through the greening of the economy and took an active part in the conception and launch of the South African National Green Fund, hosted by DBSA and funded by National Treasury. He also initiated and led the Foreign Aid Policy Program of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), a French think-tank (2002-2007). He holds a PhD in agricultural Economics from Montpellier Sup Agro (France).
Alizee Marceau is Senior Project Officer at the Soil Association (Bristol) for Sustainable Food Cities. This is a Network of almost 50 pioneer cities across the UK with the ambition to develop sustainable local food systems. Alizee supports places wanting to build local food partnerships inspired by the Food Policy Councils model, as well as supporting the development of place-based food policies and projects. The range of health, economic, social and environmental problems resulting from the current food system as well as the range of solutions a redesign of the food system could bring are at the core of her thinking. Amongst other things, her interests lie in the development of local and resilient food systems as well as the rethinking of our consumption patterns and needs. She received an MA in Sustainable Development from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lille and a BA in Politics and International relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Clare Pettinger is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and experienced lecturer at University of Plymouth (UK). With a keen interest in food poverty/justice and the ‘future of food’, she currently leads a small-scale research project ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ (FLM), which explores creative methods to engage ‘marginalized’ communities in food activities to enhance their health and well-being.
Clare is an inspired and informed educator, frequently acting as an advocate for her professions by offering expert consultancy on food related issues to local/regional networks. Her passion won her a 2017 SSTAR award for sustainability in the curriculum. She believes strongly that new approaches are required to tackle current local (and global) health and social wellbeing challenges. She is an active member of the Food Plymouth partnership (Food Plymouth CIC) and currently leads the local Sugar Smart campaign on their behalf.
Raychel Santo is a Senior Research Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, where she works on research projects related to local and regional food governance, urban agriculture, institutional food procurement, and the relationship between diet and climate change. Raychel earned her Master’s degree in Food, Space & Society from Cardiff University School of Geography & Planning and her BA in Public Health and Environmental Change & Sustainability from Johns Hopkins University.
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