Co-design with aligned and non-aligned knowledge partners: implications for research and coproduction of sustainable food systems

Journal Article

We discuss two different strategies to initiate a process of identifying a focused sustainability challenge, and co-defining and co-designing alternative pathways to more sustainable food systems.

One strategy was based on working with a relatively closely aligned network of private sector, civil society and academic organisations, whilst the other involved working with a more plural, non-aligned group, ranging from representatives of agricultural social movements, through to the domestic seed industry and government officials, to academic agronomists. This paper reflects on the distinct benefits and challenges involved in each strategy.

This paper is linked to the ISSC-funded project Pathways Network – Transformative Pathways to Sustainability.