2017 Aug 06

Informal Urban Green Space: Residents’ Perception, Use, and Management Preferences across Four Major Japanese Shrinking Cities

FEAST HQ WG1_Publications

Abstract: Urban residents’ health depends on green infrastructure to cope with climate change. Shrinking cities could utilize vacant land to provide more green space, but declining tax revenues preclude new park development—a situation pronounced in Japan, where some cities are projected to shrink by over ten percent, but lack green space. Could informal urban green spaces (IGS; vacant lots, street verges, brownfields etc.) supplement parks in shrinking cities? This study analyzes residents’ perception, use, and management preferences (management goals, approaches to participatory management, willingness to participate) for IGS using a large, representative online survey (n = 1000) across four major...

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2017 Aug 04

Two consumers’ focus group discussions were conducted for the research on future vision of Thai consumers on sustainable food consumption practice (Kanang Kantamaturapoj, Mahidol University/WG2)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

Two workshops were set up in Bangkok on 15 July 2017 with Thai consumers to investigate consumer perspectives on future sustainable food purchasing and eating out. Transition theory is used as a framework of this study. The development  of  novel  solutions  for  more  sustainable  food consumption  practices need the  involvement across a range of spheres, tiers and disciplines. Therefore, we intendeded to recruit a spectrum of attendees. The participants of focus group included consumers from three clusters; 1) green consumers (regular organic food consumers), 2) non-green consumers and 3) innovative consumers. Different consumer groups were exposed to different types of...

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2017 Jul 31

XVI Biennial IASC-Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher and Mai Kobayashi, Project Researcher took part in XVI Biennial International Association for the Study of the Commons-Conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands from July 10th to 14th, 2017, at which they presented on the following topics. Norie Tamura and Mikitaro Shobayashi "Analyzing differences in how small-scale farming and local commons are viewed between central and local governments: A case study in Japan" Mai Kobayashi "Bhutan’s fertility transition: organic agriculture and the adaptation of peasant farmers in the Himalayan Kingdom" Abstract: Efforts towards agricultural modernization in Bhutan officially started in the 1960s after the opening...

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2017 Jul 24

Joining a nest of Activist Scholars (Mai Kobayashi, Project Researcher)

FEAST HQ Report, WG3

A belated update on my trip to participate in Elikadura21 -- The Future of Food and Challenges for Agriculture in the 21st century. The gathering took place in Vitoria Gasteiz in the Basque Country from April 24th to 26th 2017, and it was the seventh of its kind. The main organizers were the   the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS), the Transnational Institute (TNI), and the Journal of Peasant Studies, as well as local peasant organizations from the Basque Country (EHNE Bizkaia and Etxalde among others) and members of La Via Campesina, the largest...

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2017 Jul 12

Invited Lecture in Obihiro City, Hokkaido (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher/WG3 Chair)

FEAST HQ WG3, Report

I was invited to the General Meeting of Higashi Hokkaido Mokuzai Kyokai (East Hokkaido Logging Association)  in Obihiro City, Hokkaido on June 2nd, 2017, at which I gave a lecture entitled “Thinking about the Future of Forestry: Policy, Resources, Distribution and Society.” The invitation was made as a continuation of my work prior to joining FEAST involving forest and forestry. And, you might be wondering how forestry and logging industry are relevant to FEAST project focusing on food and agriculture. They might appear out of context of FEAST project, but it is not the case. Food production, the main focus...

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2017 Jul 04

WG4 Meeting with Stakeholders in Tsukuba (Takeshi Osawa, Shigeto Sudo, Ayaka Kishimoto-Mo, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences-NARO/WG4)

FEAST HQ Report, WG4

On June 19th, 2017, WG4 organized a meeting with stakeholders working on environmentally sustainable agriculture at Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The participants included those from agricultural corporations, private farmers, public agricultural experiment facilities, private consulting firms and also students. WG4 explores sustainable and place-based tools such as food labeling, corporate-social responsibility and carbon valuation. One of key intervention strategies is scientifically verified eco-branding - Cool Vege® (Cool Rice for rice). This label is granted only to vegetables (or rice) produced with a farming method that can reduce greenhouse...

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2017 Jun 19

Playing with food in FEAST's gaming workshops (Astrid Mangnus, Utrecht University)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

On the 11th and 28th of May, FEAST hosted two gaming workshops in a series of activities around the future of food in collaboration with Prof. Joost Vervoort and myself, visiting researchers form Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Earlier activities include three backcasting focus groups for the food future of Kyoto prefecture and a series of workshops in Noshiro, Akita prefecture. The use of games is a new and fun way of exploring possible futures. In both workshops the participants played two games: a video game and a card game. We were interested in both the effect that the method of...

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2017 Jun 14

Visiting Kushiro City, Hokkaido (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher and WG3 Chair)

FEAST HQ Report, WG3

I visited Kushiro City, Hokkaido from May 31st to June 2nd, 2017 with a specific objective to learn about how local people try to make the best use of Yezo shika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis). Working Group 3 of FEAST Project works around the theme of sustainable food production that is also in harmony with nature. When we think about the correlation between humanity and nature, one of the challenges that Japan face today is the increasing human-wildlife conflicts. Wild animals such as deer (including Yezo shika beer), boars, bears, Japanese raccoons, crows, Japanese minks and Japanese cormorants are growing...

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2017 Jun 09

Introducing Dr. Max Spiegelberg, a new FEAST Project Researcher: -Study-Work-Study-Work- (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)


In 2013 I returned to university as a student again following 5 years of work in development cooperation and education for sustainable development. After my thirst for knowledge had brought me already to the far east of Germany (B.Sc. at Brandenburg Technical Uni Cottbus), to the middle-east for my Master thesis’ field research, my decision fell for Japan’s top-notch university in ancient Kyoto for the PhD. With my background in Environmental Management and Peacebuilding, I chose to research with the Lab of Sustainable Rural Development the emerging concept Water-Energy-Food Nexus. The WEF-Nexus focuses on the connections and dynamics between activities...

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