Urban Forestry and Agriculture - A Governance Perspective

22 Ottobre 2019 dalle ore 09:30 alle ore 13:00

Urban Forestry and Agriculture - A Governance Perspective

PhD Seminar


Sala Vigliano

DIST Castello del Valentino Viale Mattioli, 39 Turin



Stefano Quaglia, Politecnico di Torino


Simone Borelli, UN FAO

Fabio Salbitano, University of Florence

Makoto, The University of Tokyo



Egidio Dansero, Università degli Studi di Torino, Federica Larcher, Università degli Studi di Torino Convener and moderator Claudia Cassatella, Politecnico di Torino


Many cities worldwide are investing in urban greenery programmes to create more liveable urban environments, particularly, through the implementation of urban forest and agriculture strategies in densely populated areas. In the last decades, urban forest and agriculture systems have globally gained momentum due to the numerous benefits and services these multifunctional land use are able to provide to urban and peri-urban dwellers - such as food and raw materials provision, drinking water, micro-climate and air pollution regulation, biodiversity conservation, and recreational opportunities.

However, to date, little has been written about their governance, despite focusing on this aspect appears as central for better understanding the role of different stakeholders, the integration of these practices into the urban planning and policy systems, the implications in terms of socio-environmental justice and delivery of ecosystem services.

In this light, the aim of this PhD seminar is to provide a better insight on dynamics characterizing urban governance in relation to urban forestry and agriculture policies and practices around the world. It will focus on the following questions: what are the main innovations and challenges in governing urban and peri-urban areas devoted to forest and agriculture nowadays? And how can them be more responsive to urban and peri-urban communities’ needs?


This Seminar is also addressed to the Planning for Environment Class / MSc in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning, and benefits of Erasmus+ Teaching Programme