Dr. Marina Chang
Drawing on a holistic conception of care as a unifying approach to the nurturing of both nature and people, Dr. Marina Change investigates the theory and practice of transformative agroecology as an alternative paradigm to transform the whole food system, which is in crisis both ecologically and socially at all levels from local to global. While there is an increasing recognition of the significance of this alternative paradigm, particularly in rural areas in the Global South, transformative agroecology has lagged behind for urban contexts in Global North.
Taking London as a case study, she is keen to explore how far transformative urban agroecology can serve as a linking principle, bringing together existing agri-food related social movements, including food sovereignty movement, in the interest of building a coherent force for change. More specifically, she seeks the different ways that universities can contribute to these goals. One of them is university public engagement. She has initiated and delivered a series of university public engagement projects at UCL, including Food Junctions at the REVEAL Festival (2010), Foodpaths (2011), The Food Junctions Cookbook (2011); Sandwich Street Café (2013) at the Bloomsbury Festival, and Growing Food in the City (2014) at Focus on the Positive.
Building on these experiences, at CAWR, she endeavours to the co-construction of an integrative experiment – incorporating research, education, community development, public policy and enterprise – by creating a living lab for transformative urban agroecology at the Calthorpe Project, King’s Cross, London, in collaboration with multi-stakeholders involved.