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Food citizens? Collective food procurement in European cities: solidarity and diversity, skills and scale

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Project "FOOD CITIZENS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙761 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙761 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 1˙999˙761.00


 Project objective

Considerable attention goes to ‘smart’ urban food procurement, with little notice of the cultural diversity within Europe. For a growing urban population (80% by 2050), food is a mediator of relations within social networks, not only a commodity or nutrient. Eaters are not just consumers but social actors whose meaning-making depend on faith, gender, age, income, or kinship. How we procure and share food is thus central to cultural understandings of citizenship: the project studies in-depth nine cases of collective food procurement across three European cities, asking if collective food procurement networks indicate emerging forms of ‘food citizenship’, or if they concomitantly co-produce hegemonic notions of participation and belonging – and either way, how. Challenging stereotypical imaginaries of European urbanites, multilevel comparison in Rotterdam, Turin and GdaÅ„sk will investigate three types of collective food procurement networks (a. urban foraging; b. short food chains; c. local food governance) in post-industrial cities, considering the dimensions of solidarity, diversity, skill and scale of action. Ethnographically, we investigate how collective food procurement networks engage with and through food: how do they interpret and articulate solidarity? Which skills do they acquire or lack? How do they operate across and within diverse communities? Do they scale ‘up’ or ‘out’, and how? Conceptually, we deliver a critical theory of food citizenship, adding a ‘meso’ level of sociocultural analysis to food scenarios, which mostly focus on the ‘macro’ (food systems) or ‘micro’ (individual deliberations and habituated reflexes) scale. Methodologically, we match in-depth fieldwork observation with participants’ narratives, using pioneering digital visual media to deliver collaborative and immersive ‘thick descriptions’ of their experiences and trajectories. Societal and local government stakeholders have granted access and will benefit from comparative insights.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
Ambivalent solidarities: Food governance reconfigurations in Croatia and Italy
published pages: 12-16, ISSN: 0268-540X, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8322.12552
Anthropology Today 36/1 2020-03-13
2018 Smith R.E
An economy of trust: chains of debts and favours in rural Istrian business relationships
published pages: 1-21, ISSN: 2040-1876, DOI:
Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 10(1) 2019-06-11
2017 Cristina Grasseni
Ecologies of Belonging and the Mugshot Aesthetics
published pages: , ISSN: 2198-6754, DOI: 10.4000/anthrovision.2845
Anthrovision 5.2 2019-06-11
2019 Cristina Grasseni, Thorsten Gieser
Response to Rupert Cox
published pages: 65-66, ISSN: 0964-0282, DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12607
Social Anthropology 27/1 2019-06-11
2018 Cristina Grasseni
Understanding skill, food and field
published pages: 264-279, ISSN: 0308-0188, DOI: 10.1080/03080188.2018.1524235
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 43/3-4 2019-06-11
2019 Vasile, M., Thomé da Cruz F.
Identity-construction, mutual enskilment and political negotiation at the farmers\' market
published pages: 212-226., ISSN: 1982-6745, DOI: 10.17058/redes.v24i1.13043
REDES Revista do Desenvolvimento Regional 24(1) 2019-06-11
2019 Cristina Grasseni, Thorsten Gieser
Introduction: Skilled mediations
published pages: 6-16, ISSN: 0964-0282, DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12554
Social Anthropology 27/1 2019-06-11
2018 Smith, R. E.
In food we trust
published pages: 15 - 17, ISSN: , DOI:
Instituut Culturele Antropologie 2 2019-06-11
2018 Grasseni C.
Grassroots responsible innovation initiatives in short food supply chains
published pages: 41-54, ISSN: , DOI:
Kalfagianni A., Skordil Si (red.) Localising Global Food: Short Food Supply Chains as Responses to Agri-food System Challenges 2019-06-11
2017 Grasseni, C.
Ecology of vision and economy of citizenship: an anthropological perspective (Inaugural Lecture. Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Grasseni, C.
Food Citizenship? Collective Food Procurement in European Cities
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EuropeNow 2019-06-11

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