Xenophobic Citizenship, Unsettling Space, and Constraining Borders: Assembling Refugee Exclusion in South Africa’s Everyday

Jennifer Kandjii

— PhD Thesis — This dissertation investigates how myriad actors, including the state, citizens, civil society, refugees, and the media, intersect to shape refugee experiences in urban centers in South Africa. Building on six months of ethnographic fieldwork, it focuses on refugee lived experiences in this context to determine the…

Study on Carbon Emission Pattern and Emission Reduction in China’s Food System: A Life-Cycle Perspective

Xinxian Qi

— PhD Thesis — In the Special Report of Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued by IPCC in 2019, it was pointed out that as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions emitted from the food system accounted for 21-37% of the total anthropogenic GHG emissions. Accounting for GHG emissions from the food…

Exploring Household Vulnerability: The Compounding Loss of Resource and Service Access in Post-Cyclone Idai Beira, Mozambique

Clare Williamson

– Master Thesis –  The rapid urbanization of secondary cities in the Global South poses significant challenges for equitable household access to basic services and resources. Climate-related disaster impacts within these secondary cities can catalyze the loss of household access to basic services, such as medical care, and vital resources,…

Analysis of An Urban Food System Through the Lens of Multi-level Governance: A Case Study of Mzuzu, Malawi

Amanda Joynt

– PhD Thesis –  Urban food systems exist in a paradox – there are large amounts of available food, as well as hungry people. Urban governments are often held responsible for food insecurity in their jurisdiction, however the governance of urban food systems is influenced by social, economic, and political…

Front-of-Pack Labelling in the Caribbean Community: Power and Policy in Regional Standard Setting

Lucy Hilton

– PhD Thesis –  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) identified FOP labelling as a promising policy tool to slow the region’s growing rates of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These diseases are associated with the region’s high levels of importation of processed and ultra-processed foods. FOP labels aim to curb the sales…

Can the Caribbean Localize Its Food System? Exploring Strategies to Promote Circular Food Systems in the Caribbean Islands

Shupa Rahman

– Master Thesis –  Food security is a global concern and will remain so in the foreseeable future as the global food system experiences pressures on both the production and demand sides. Modern agriculture has given rise to a linear food production and consumption system. Such a food system is…

A Solidarity (Food) Purchase Group in Cape Town

Liesl Stewart

– Master Thesis –  For the past thirty years, food producers and consumers have initiated alternative food networks (AFNs) because of the perception that the globalising agrifood system is unsustainable, untrustworthy, and untransparent. These alternative strategies for food production and distribution are perceived to be rooted in sustainable, socially-embedded principles….

Putting Food onto the Urban Agenda: How the City of Cape Town can Increase Access to Sustainable and Healthy Diets Through Urban Food Governance

Isabella Trapani

– Master Thesis – Rapid population growth, rising urbanisation, globalisation and technological progress have fundamentally changed how we produce and consume food. The majority of urban diets are now dominated by low intakes of fruit and vegetables and high intakes of highly processed, energy-dense and nutritionally poor foods. In Cape…

Transitions to Ecological Agriculture in Nanjing, China: Farm Types, Social-Political Networks, and Rural Communities

Danshu Qi

– PhD Thesis –  China’s rural and agricultural sector has been undergoing a dramatic transformation in the form of three major trends. First, the modernization and capitalization of agriculture has significantly modified traditional agriculture and exacerbated path-dependency towards an agro-industrial paradigm. Second, the Chinese government at various levels has been…

Growing What We Eat, Eating What We Grow: Investigating the Enduring Role of Jamaica’s Domestic Food System

Beth Timmers

– PhD Thesis –  From Spanish colonization in the 15th century until today, Jamaica’s agri-food system has been firmly linked to a global network of trade through its agricultural exports and food imports. Common assumptions in critical food studies literature imply that countries with close links to global food and…

Study on the Impact of Accessibility of Different Types of Fresh Food Stores on Food Security in Households: A Case Study of Nanjing City

Zehui Zhao

— Masters Thesis — With the improvement of income and living standard, people are not only satisfied with the food consumption, but also need to eat nutritionally and healthily. The food security level of a family is not only influenced by its own eating habits, but also by the surrounding…

The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity of Urban Households: A Case Study of Nanjing City

Fang Liu

– Master Thesis – Obtaining adequate, nutritious and healthy food is the basis for maintaining human survival and development. Improving residents’ accessibility to healthy food has become an important issue in people’s livelihood, health and household food security, the food system of urban communities is receiving more and more attention…

Organised Social Networks and the Positive Resettlement of Female Forced Migrants: A Case Study of the Scalabrini Women’s Platform and Congolese Women in Cape Town

Victoria Assenza

– Master Thesis –  This research assesses the potential of organised social networks to improve the resettlement of female forced migrants in their destination country. It looks more specifically at the impact of the Scalabrini women’s platform on women from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) experience in the city…

Food Production, Processing and Retailing through the Lens of Spatial Planning Legislation and Regulations in Zimbabwe: Evidence from Epworth

Percy Toriro

– PhD Thesis –  The thesis investigates whether the Zimbabwe planning regulatory framework engages with urban food systems and whether those regulations and plans are appropriate to the lived experience in African cities particularly focusing on the poor through the lens of food. This is done by examining how food…

Study on the Impact of Wet Markets Accessibility and Equality of Spatial Distribution on Food Security in Households: A Case Study of Nanjing City

Yumei Tang

– Master Thesis – With the development of the social economy and the improvement of the living quality of the residents, the quality andquantity of the food demand of the family is getting higher and higher. The degree of food security in China is widely concerned by the international community….

Student Food Security: the (Dis)connection Between Student Food Experiences, Sustainability and Green Spaces from the Lens of Food Security

Jessica Drewett

– Master Thesis –  The food security of university students in South Africa is an area of research which is becoming increasingly researched and recognised. Internationally, there has been research into university student food security, recognition of student food insecurity and the links to academic success, and the idea of…

Scarcity, Government, Population: The Problem of Food in Colonial Kenya, c. 1900–1952

James Duminy

– PhD Thesis –  Food security in Africa is a foremost development challenge. Dominant approaches to addressing food security concentrate on availability and increasing production. This ‘productionist’ focus arguably limits the capacity of government policies to address contemporary food problems. It does so by obscuring both the specific food insecurity…

Rethinking Resilient Urban Food Systems: Vulnerability to Food Insecurity as a Consequence of Drought – the Case of Cape Town

Mira Berger

– Master Thesis –  The current rapid global urbanisation makes achieving food secure cities a growing challenge, sharpened by the connected and worsening issues of inequality and climate change. Economic shifts towards concentrated and corporate food systems are thought to increase the vulnerability of cities to climate related risks. The…

A Tale of Two Sea Points: Gentrification, Supermarkets and Food Security for Lower-Income Residents

Robert L. Ordelheide

– Master Thesis –  This research is founded on the argument that food systems are (and should be) a core mandate for urban planners, particularly as food is connected to many other functions relevant for built-environment professionals. To date, city officials and built-environment professionals in South Africa have adopted a…

Planning for Urban Food Security: Leveraging the Contribution of Informal Trade in the Case of Bellville Station Precinct

Robyn Park-Ross

– Master Thesis –  South African cities, similarly to other cities across the Global South, experience high levels of food insecurity. Urban food insecurity is particularly prevalent in low income households, with 72% of households in low-income urban areas in Cape Town identified as food insecure in a 2013 African…

Sustainable Urban Agriculture: A Sustainable Adaptation Strategy for the City of Cape Town?

Anaïs Marie

– Master Thesis –  This work explores the narratives associated with the benefits of sustainable urban agriculture areas in terms of adaptation to climate change in the Cape Town Metropolitan Area, South Africa. Urbanization and climate change are stressing urban areas in developing countries. Therefore, finding a development path towards…

Research on Food Security and Its Influencing Factors Based on Cognition of Urban Household: A Case Study of Nanjing City

Zhiying Xu

– Master Thesis –  In recent years, the topic of farmland loss and food safety in China attracted more and more attention in policy. Continuous attention has been paid to food security at the national level, while it’s urgent and necessary to analyze the problem of food security from household…

The Relationship Between Urban Food Security, Supermarket Expansion and Urban Planning and Policy in the City of Cape Town: A Case of the Langa Junction Mini Mall

Alison Pulker

– Master Thesis –  For many years, urban food insecurity has been ‘invisible’ to urban planners and policy makers. This is due to the misconception of food insecurity as being primarily a rural issue and attributable to a lack of supply of food; however, it is clear that the issue…

Food Security and Poverty Reduction Programmes: The Experience of Female Headed Households in a Cape Town Community

Sarah Duncan

– Master Thesis –  Living in impoverished urban areas, female headed households are most vulnerable to food insecurity. In order to reduce the risk and abate the experience of household food insecurity, civil society (NGO) and government have established numerous poverty reduction programmes and initiatives. However, in spite of ongoing…

The Impact of Infrastructure on Urban Household Vulnerability to Food Security in Maputo

Cameron McCordic

– PhD Thesis –  Infrastructure is an important foundation for urban sustainability. Infrastructure includes both a system of institutions like banks and hospitals (known as social infrastructure) and a network of physical utilities like water and power grids (known as physical infrastructure). Social infrastructure allows households to access social services…

Food System Governance for Urban Sustainability in the Global South

Gareth Haysom

– PhD Thesis –  Food security remains a persistent global challenge. Food security is defined as a situation where all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life….

Food Deserts and Household Food Insecurity in the Informal Settlements of Windhoek, Namibia

Ndeyapo Ndeyafetwa Martha Nickanor

– PhD Thesis –  Rapid urbanization and rising urban poverty characterize much of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st Century. Africa’s urban transition provides the context within which this thesis examines the causes and consequences of poverty and food insecurity in the growing informal settlements of Windhoek, Namibia. Rapid urbanization in…

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