Editor in Chief

24ab241Albane 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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Editorial Board


NC-headshotNevin 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.


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Alizée MarceauAlizee 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.


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Raychel SANTO

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