Grassroots Initiatives as Sustainability Transition Pioneers: Implications and Lessons for Urban Food Systems

@inproceedings{Gernert2018GrassrootsIA,
  title={Grassroots Initiatives as Sustainability Transition Pioneers: Implications and Lessons for Urban Food Systems},
  author={Maria Gernert and Hamid El Bilali and Carola Strassner},
  year={2018}
}
This review explores the current evidence on the role and success factors of grassroots initiatives in sustainability transitions, with special attention given to social innovations and the transformation of urban food systems, a field that is still rather scantly dealt with in literature compared to technological innovations in other sectors such as energy. In addition to their contributions to get the necessary transformation towards sustainable futures off the ground, the preconditions for… 

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