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Circular Business Models for Sustainable Urban Food Systems

Discover how circular business models transform urban food systems to tackle grand challenges through innovative solutions.

Circular Business Models for Sustainable Urban Food Systems
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Explore how circular economy can foster sustainable urban food systems

In a scenario where the world’s population will reach 9 billion people in 2050, with almost 70% of them concentrated in urban areas and requiring three times more resources than we currently use, the traditional ‘linear economy’ is no longer suitable.

On this course, you’ll discover how to design and build circular food systems for resilient, smart and sustainable cities.

You’ll explore the catalytic role of cities to foster healthy and inclusive food policies, adopting systems thinking, institutional innovation, and participatory approaches in order to fulfill the 2030 SDGs.

What topics will you cover?

  • Circular Economy principles, concepts, and measurements as applied in Food Systems and within the context of the SDGs.

  • Challenges and opportunities for circular food systems.

  • Urban Food Policies and the role of cities towards circularity. Business Model Innovation as a mechanism to foster circularity

  • Systems Thinking as a guide for the assessment of strengths and challenges of circularity processes.

  • Public Engagement and Communication Strategies for raising awareness and knowledge on circularity.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the Circular Economy principles, concepts and measurements in the context of SDGs
  • Identify and assess challenges and opportunities when designing Circular Food Systems
  • Assess how Urban Food Policies can support urban-rural linkages and guide the transition to Sustainable Urban Food Systems
  • Develop and assess Circular Business Models and their role in creating product-service combinations to achieve Food Circularity
  • Develop skills and practical tools to disseminate awareness and educate third parties on Urban Food Circularity to foster Sustainable Food Systems

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for policymakers, public institutions, intermediaries, and educators. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in issues of sustainability and urban food systems.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor of Management Control Systems at the University of Turin, Department of Management. My research is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable business models.

I am a Professor of Food Economics & Business Management at the Department of Economics & Management, University of Helsinki. My research focuses on organizational sustainability in food systems.

I am a researcher in the Department of Management at the University of Turin, in the fields of Circular Economy and Innovation. I believe in the power of experiential learning to drive change.

I am a Master candidate in Food Economics and Consumption, focusing on food supply and demand. I work as a research assistant at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the largest and most prestigious Italian universities, with about 70,000 students, 4,000 employees, and 1,800 research fellows, encompassing all academic sectors.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. Through science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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