Food System Mapping & Modeling

About This Group

Who feeds us? How are we eating? How does our food impact the environment? How could we eat in the future? These are the questions we try to answer in Working Group 1.

We take a closer look at the way food and agriculture work today to learn how we can create ecologically and socially sustainable agrifood systems. We also assist the other Working Groups by providing information about food production and consumption at our different project sites.

Because food and agriculture are linked in complex ways, we use a range of methods in our research. These include for example GIS and land use analysis, spatially and conceptually mapping formal and informal food flows, participatory foodshed mapping, consumer surveys, ecological footprint modelling in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, and modelling of potential future diets.


Main Members

Kazuaki Tsuchiya

Assistant Professor, Tokyo University


I am interested in how the linkages between urban lifestyles and local and global ecosystems lead to environmental changes and health issues. I believe that food, the focus of the FEAST project, is the key to untangling lifestyle-ecosystem linkages.


Yuji Hara

Associate Professor, Wakayama University


Yuji Hara graduated from the Department of Geography, and did his Master Degree in Landscape Planning at The University of Tokyo, where he received his PhD in 2007. He specializes in landscape ecology/planning and anthropogenic geomorphology in the context of Asian rice culture, and conducts extensive field research in Wakayama/Osaka, Bangkok, Metro Manila, Tianjin and other Asian cities. Recently he has been involved in and investigating the Minabe-Tanabe Ume System, the GIAHS site in Wakayama, central Japan.


Christoph Rupprecht

Project Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


I study the diverse entanglements of living beings, especially through the lens of food and agriculture. My interests include degrowth, more-than-human geography, sustainable food systems, informal green space (such as vacant lots and street or railway verges), urban ecology, and environmental justice.

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Ni Hui

Instructor, Ritsumeikan University

I specialize in International Agribusiness and Agricultural Development, Sericulture and silk industry.

Katsunori Iha

Research Economist, Global Footprint Network

I am seeking a life where I can laugh, think and connect others through soil.


Ayako Kawai

PhD student, Australian National University

My interest is in bio-cultural diversity conservation, and my PhD project is about 'how to transmit local crop variety seeds, seed saving skills and related culture to next generation in Japan'. It would be great if I can contribute to improve the situation around local crop variety conservation. I currently live in Canberra, and am trying to get a farm plot so that I can start practicing organic farming & seed saving.


Kimisato Oda

PhD student, Kyoto University

I study the relationship between people and riparian nature in areas of human activity such as cities and agricultural villages, with a focus on the Lake Biwa hydrological system. Using food as point of entry, I want to learn more about how characteristic regional food culture is connected with aquatic organisms, especially fish.

Louis Augustin-Jean

Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Louis Augustin-Jean is currently Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was formerly Associate Professor in Development Economics at the University of Tsukuba. His current research interests are in the field of the economic sociology of food (the sociology of food markets in China; geographical indications in Asia) as well as food safety and food risks.


Publications and outputs


Who feeds us? Building GIS integrated an...

Who feeds us? Building GIS integrated an...

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PresentationWho feeds us? Building GIS integrated analytical toolkits fo...

Authors: Tsuchiya, K., Hara, Y.*, McGreevy, S. Conference: Second International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI 2016), Orono, ME, USA....



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内容:中国との交易路がシルクロードと呼ばれたように、蚕糸業は古くから中国の重要な産業であった。伝統的に江蘇省と浙江省で盛んであったが、近年になって、養蚕や製糸は広西自治区や雲南省で勃興してきた。計画経済から市場経済へ移行する経済環境の変化により,中国における養蚕業と製糸業の生産地域移動およびそのメカニズムを分析する。 作者:倪 卉 ISBN: 9784814000210...

How can Mediterranean societies thrive i...

How can Mediterranean societies thrive i...

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ReportHow can Mediterranean societies thrive in an era of decreasi...

Highlights: The average Food Footprint of a Mediterranean resident is approximately 0.9 gha per person—with a range from 0.6 gha—thus higher than that of such countries as India (0.4 gha), China (0.5 gha), Costa Rica (0.6 gha) and Germany (0.8 gha). In analysis of 12 Mediterranean cities, Ca...

Informal urban green-space: comparison o...

Informal urban green-space: comparison o...

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ThesisInformal urban green-space: comparison of quantity and chara...

Abstract: Informal urban green-space (IGS) such as vacant lots, brownfields and street or railway verges is receiving growing attention from urban scholars. Research has shown IGS can provide recreational space for residents and habitat for flora and fauna, yet we know little about the quantity, spa...

The Political Economy of Agro-Food Marke...

The Political Economy of Agro-Food Marke...

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EditThe Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: A Socia...

About the book: China's agricultural production and food consumption have increased tremendously, leading to a complete evolution of agro-food markets.The book is divided into two parts; the first part reviews the theoretical framework for the 'social construction of the markets,' while the second p...

Working Group 2

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Collaborative Approaches for Food Ethics, Citizenship, and Behavioral Change

Working Group 3

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Agro-ecological production strategies in policy and practice

Working Group 4

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Co-designing Agri-food Eco-branding Tools for Supporting Sustainable Regions

Working Group 5

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Food Chain Transparency