UCL Grand Challenges


Mapping the Current Landscape of Food Co-operatives in London

Mapping the Current Landscape of Food Co-operatives in London is a collaboration between researchers in the School of European Languages, Culture and Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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1 August 2014

How can large complex cities such as London develop sustainable food systems?

The UNs designation of 2012 as International Year of Co-operatives stimulated interest in co-operatives as a way of responding to this major challenge of the 21st century. However, while they are often cited as a means of bridging the divide between consumers and producers, research on co-operatives has itself been divided across different disciplines. Agricultural, consumer and worker co-operatives have generated quite distinct bodies of research. Seeking novel ways to integrate these disparate traditions this pilot project will map the current landscape of food co-operatives in London as a significant starting point to understand the role and potential of food co-operatives in feeding the twenty-first century city.

Planned Outputs

  • A map of London's food cooperatives