Challenges for the new rurality in a changing world. 7th International Conference on Localized Agri-food Systems

May. 8 - 10, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden

The European Research Group SYAL and Södertörn University welcomes you to propose sessions and papers for the 7th biannual world conference on localized agri-food systems. The congress will be organized by Södertörn University and held in Stockholm the 8-10 of May 2016. 

During the last decades, Localized agri-food systems (SYAL) have become increasingly important as tools for farmers, rural firms and consumers to meet market challenges and satisfy the rising demand for “food with a farmers face”. The potential contribution of localized agri-food systems to rural development by promoting economic development, social cohesion and counter-acting the demographic impact of agricultural modernization has also increased their political relevance. Previous research has addressed various aspects of the relationship between SYAL and geographical indications, as well as territorial, organizational and cultural issues, but there are still many unanswered questions and theoretical gaps to fill.

We welcome all topics related to localized agri-food systems, Alternative Agro-food Networks, short food chains and the new rurality.

Scientific committee:

Paulina Rytkönen, Södertörn University (Chair), Sweden.

Dominique Barjolle, Swiss Institute of Organic Farming, Switzerland.

Giovanni Belletti, Department of Economics, University of Florence, Italy.

Claire Cerdan, CIRAD, France

Artur Cristovao, Universidade Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal.

Francois Casabianca, INRA, France

Javier Sanz Canada, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Spain.



  • The new rurality in the Baltic and Eastern European countries in turbulent times.

Convenors: Dominique Barjolle, Swiss Institute of Organic Farming and Paulina Rytkönen, Södertörn University.

  • Inter-activity, Connectivity, Value co-creation and new forms and arenas for interaction in the new rurality.

Convenors: Lars Degerstedt, Södertörn University and Karin Dahlström, Södertörn University.

  • Gender, Institutions and Regional Development in the New Rurality.

Convenor: Ursula Hård, Stockholm University.

  • Territorial governance and innovation in Local Agro-food Systems

Convenors: Giovanni Belletti, University of Florence and Javier Sanz Canada, CSIC.

  • Short food chains and SIAL

Convenors: Sarah Bowen, North Carolina State University and Mario Pensado, Redsial Americana.

  • Biowaste management: key factor for resilient and sustainable localized agri-food systems

Covenors: Franco Llobera (Red Terrae and Uniposible Madrid), Marian Simon Rojo (Technical University of Madrid)

  • The role of knowledge transfer and innovation networks in stimulating connectivity and value creation in modern rurality.

Convenor: Marcello De Rosa University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, mderosa@unicas.it

  • Local & organic food, institutional customers and public procurement. 

Convenor: Helmi Risku Norja, University of Helsinki

Practical info

Important deadlines:

Submission of session proposals:  
15th of October 2015.

Session acceptance:                                                                                                                                    
At the latest 30th of October 2015

Submission of abstracts (papers and posters): 
December 15th2015

Submission of full papers:                                                                                            
15th of March

Contact information:                                                                                                     
Paulina Rytkönen, SYALStockholm2016@gmail.com

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