Publications: Journal Articles

Ideas, Implementation and Indicators: Epistemologies of the Post 2015 Urban Agenda

Clive Barnett and Susan Parnell

Environment and Urbanisation, 2016, 28: 87-98. The success of the campaign for a dedicated urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) reflected a consensus on the importance of “cities” in sustainable development. The relevance accorded to cities in the SDGs is twofold, reflected both in the specific place-based content of the Urban Goal and the more general concern…

Defining a Global Urban Development Agenda

Susan Parnell

World Development 2016, 78: 529–540. The United Nation’s recent endorsement of a stand-alone urban Sustainable Development Goal and the immanent formulation of Habitat III marks a watershed in global development discourse on cities. The New Urban Agenda, currently under debate, is located in its historical context to reveal who the major actors and institutions were that…

Translational Global Praxis: Rethinking Methods and Modes of African Urban Research

Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12278 75 Advancing global urbanism depends upon making Africa’s cities a more dominant part of the global urban narrative. Constructing a more legitimate research agenda for African cities, however, necessitates a repositioning of conventional modes of research. To achieve intellectual and political traction in what are typical…

‘Gender Hates Men’: Untangling Gender and Development Discourses in Food Security Fieldwork in Urban Malawi

Liam Riley and Belinda Dodson

Gender, Place and Culture 2016, 23: 1047-1060. This article examines the social construction and contestation of gender and gender roles in the city of Blantyre in Malawi. In fieldwork on gendered household roles related to food security, interviews with men and women revealed a distinct set of connotations with the word gender, which reflected Malawians’ historical…

Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Qualitative Investigation in the Mitchells Plain Sub-district of Cape Town

Cathrine Perreira, Milla McLachlan and Jane Battersby

European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety 2015, 5: 745-746. Objectives: Many South Africans do not consume enough fruit and vegetables. However, people are generally aware of the benefits of adequate consumption. To understand this gap between knowledge and practice, this study investigated underlying factors influencing consumption through a qualitative, cross-sectional, descriptive case study conducted in…

Assessing the Social and Economic Benefits of Organic and Fair Trade Tea Production for Small-Scale Farmers in Asia: A Comparative Case Study of China and Sri Lanka

Yuhui Qiao, Niels Halberg, Saminathan Vaheesan and Steffanie Scott

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 2015, 31: 246-257. Organic agriculture has the potential to provide improved livelihood opportunities, increased income and social benefits for resource-poor small-scale farmers. It has thus become a popular strategy for economic development and poverty reduction in many areas of the global south. However, there has been limited empirical research regarding the…

Planning for Food Secure Cities: Measuring the Influence of Infrastructure and Income on Household Food Security in Southern African Cities

Bruce Frayne and Cameron McCordic

Geoforum 2015, 65: 1-11. This paper presents correlation and regression analyses designed to assess the respective relationships between the Household Food Insecure Access Scale/Prevalence (HFIAS/HFIAP) (as a measure of food access), the Months of Adequate Household Food Provisioning (MAHFP) (as a measure of food access stability) and (1) the Lived Poverty Index (LPI) (as an…

Sustaining African Cities: Urban Hunger and Sustainable Development in East Africa

Andrea Brown

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 2015, 11: 1-12. This research focuses on the drivers, dimensions, and links between rapid urbanization, sustainability, and food security, drawing on examples from East Africa. By 2030, Africa will have a larger urban than rural population, and in large cities of East Africa, roughly 50% of…

A Food Politics of the Possible? Growing Sustainable Food Systems Through Networks of Knowledge

Roberta Sonnino, Alison Blay-Palmer & Julien Custot

2015, Agriculture and Human Values 33: 27-43 There is increased recognition of a common suite of global challenges that hamper food system sus- tainability at the community scale. Food price volatility, shortages of basic commodities, increased global rates of obesity and non-communicable food-related diseases, and land grabbing are among the impediments to socially just, economically…

The Transformation of Trust in China’s Alternative Food Networks: Disruption, Reconstruction and Development

Raymond Yu Wang, Zhenzhong Si, Cho Nam Ng & Steffanie Scott

2015, Ecology and Society 20(2): article 19 Food safety issues in China have received much scholarly attention, yet few studies systematically examined this matter through the lens of trust. More importantly, little is known about the transformation of different types of trust in the dynamic process of food production, provision, and consumption. We consider trust…