Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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CREAF Talk with Marta Rivera Ferre: Just transition of food systems: challenges and opportunities from science

Friday, November 4, 2022 · 12 h (CET)

TITLE: "Just transition of food systems: challenges and opportunities from science" 

DATE: Friday 4th November 2022.

TIME & FORMAT: form 12 to 1pm CET - In-person and online. 

Seminars will combine in-person and online formats (CREAF, Sala Graus II, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) but in all cases, talks will be always streamed (not recorded), so they can be followed online. 

HOW TO CONNECTdirect link to Marta Rivera Ferre's conference.


Globally, food systems are one of the major driving forces of unsustainability and inequality. Climate change, biodiversity loss, water security (quality and quantity), food security (both hunger and obesity), deforestation, nutrient cycle, access to seeds, access to land or gender inequality are all examples of food systems dysfunctioning that show the need for food systems transformation. To transform food systems we need to address all challenges from a complex systems approach that provides both social and ecological outcomes. From a scientific perspective, this means revisiting the way we do science, or simply what research questions we do ask making visible our mental framework behind. In this talk, I will outline some scientific trends and research questions that are being implemented to address such challenges and that imply a new focus towards transdisciplinarity and complex systems perspective in agricultural and food systems research.


Marta Rivera Ferre is a Research Professor at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Degree and PhD in Veterinary Science, specialising in Animal Production and Agricultural Economics from the University of Cordoba; MA from the University of Aberdeen, PhD in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

She has a multidisciplinary profile in the analysis of agri-food systems. In recent years she has focused on the sociology of agriculture and food, and particularly on the interactions between agriculture, food, society and the environment, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation and food security and sovereignty, as well as on the social function of agriculture and the role of women from a feminist studies perspective.

She has participated as a lead author in three UN panels: the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2005-2008), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC: 2010-2014, 2016-2019, 2019-2022), and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, 2022-2025), as well as in the Scientific Advisory Mechanism of the European Academies of Sciences (SAPEA) on the report on Sustainable Food Systems for the EU and in the preparations of the UNWomen CSW66 "Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and risk and disaster reduction policies and programmes".  

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