Envisioning new horizons for the political economy of sustainable food systems

Jessica Duncan, Charles Z. Levkoe, Ana Moragues-Faus

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This article considers how political economy can expand to contribute to the contemporary study of sustainable food systems, raising new questions for researchers, practitioners, and social movement actors engaged in collaborative efforts to transform dominant foodscapes. Our discussion and analysis draw on the outcomes of a workshop of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the political economies of sustainable food systems in June 2018. The workshop participants identified five cross-cutting research issues and related methods worthy of focus: multiple forms of knowledge, technology and innovation, expansion or scaling sustainable innovations, the role of the private sector, and democratic governance. We conclude by positing ways forward that contribute to the evolving political economy of sustainable food systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-56
Number of pages20
JournalIDS Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Food sovereignty
  • Food studies
  • Food systems
  • Governance
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Political ecology
  • Political economy
  • Power
  • Sustainability

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