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Hungry for Exchange: Webinars for knowledge exchange around urban food system transformation

Edition  #4 - Local Solutions: Building self-sustaining urban food networks 

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM CET

Food systems, actors, challenges, and value chains vary widely from city to city, and are influenced in no small way by the citizens and established local initiatives. Thus, promoting local solutions are key in development of sustainability measures that last and create impact. In this session, we'll be delving into the pressing challenge of creating alternative spaces for sustainable food existence in urban areas. Our focus will be on exploring how to foster self-sustaining solutions beyond traditional projects. In this 4th edition, we'll be joined by representatives from the FUSILLI cities of Turin and Kharkiv, offering diverse perspectives on circular food systems and innovative policy solutions amidst war, as well as an external speaker from Brussels who will share insights from the the global framework of the 'Good Food Strategy' as a local and sustainable food policy. This webinar promises valuable discussions on promoting sustainability at the local level.

Time is included for panel discussions and Q&A. 

Speaker biographies:​​​​​​​

Deineko Oleksandra is an Associate Professor, School of Sociology at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) and since April 2022 she works as a guest researcher (Scholar at Risk) at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway). Ph.D. in Sociology (2015). Oleksandra is a Head of Youth Sector Sociological Association of Ukraine (SAU); Board Member of SAU. Aside from her role as researcher in FUSILLI’s Kharkiv Living Lab in Ukraine, she is also project researcher at “Ukrainian refugees – experiences from the first phase in Norway” (2022), “Accommodation of Regional Diversity in Ukraine” (ARDU) in 2018-2021; “Sociological and mathematical modeling of the socio-epidemic management effectiveness processes to ensure the national security of Ukraine” (2021-2022). She is project leader in “The quality of higher legal education and the educational environment in the assessments of law students in Ukraine" (2020-2021, USAID New Justice Program). Her field of research interests are social cohesion, Ukrainian studies, identity, trust, civil activism, migration, values.

Coline Questiaux has been working at Möbius since 2019 as a sustainability consultant for the public sector, with the drive to make a difference in every project. Born into a farming family, Coline is passionate about the challenges facing the food supply chain. As a believer in new and more sustainable models, she aims to create added value for all stakeholders and ecosystems. Convinced by the opportunities offered by the circular economy, during her studies she initiated the launch of a social entrepreneurship project to recover organic waste in Portugal and turn it back into beverages. Coline is building on these different practical experiences and is currently managing a multi-year project in collaboration with the Brussels-Capital Region to coordinate the Good Food Strategy 2. The Good Food Strategy 2 aims to shift the agricultural and food system towards greater sustainability and resilience in Brussels.

Dr. Paola Baravalle leads the FUSILLI project coordination for the City of Turin and is a project designer accredited in Brussels. She is a psychologist with an MPhil in Criminology and international policy achieved from the University of Turin and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). She has been managing cross-border and international cooperation projects for over 20 years, leading and supervising education projects on the environment, food heritage and the valorisation of territorial resources. During her professional career, she was country coordinator of an International Honors Program on Food Systems aimed at foreign university students, as well as head of the involvement, animation, and facilitation process for the recognition of the Monviso area as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program and co-developer to the dossier for approving the reserve at the transboundary level. In 2015, she participated in the city and the University of Turin’s working groups to define a local food landscape strategic atlas.

About Hungry for Exchange

Hungry for Exchange is the FUSILLI project's series of 6 public (open) lunchtime webinars on the topic of sustainable food system, held since 2023. In total, 6 public webinar events will be held for a worldwide knowledge community, a sort of community of practice, for anyone interested in or working in the field of urban food system transformation. These webinars are scheduled during lunchtime on the last Thursday of the month, aptly titled Hungry for Exchange, and are flagship events for FUSILLI's knowledge community.

During a Hungry for Exchange webinar, alongside 1 or 2 FUSILLI cities, 1 initiative, organization, or institution external to the FUSILLI consortium is invited to present during the webinar to present their activities and lessons learned related to a specific ‘food theme’ (e.g. food education, stakeholder engagement, from farm to fork, advocacy, etc.). 

Webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the FUSILLI project website.

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