Professor Roberta Sonnino

Professor Roberta Sonnino


Professor of Sustainable Food Systems

Academic and research departments

Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

Research

Research interests

Research projects

My teaching

My publications

Publications

Lever, J. and Sonnino, R. (2022). Food System Transformation for Sustainable City-Regions: Exploring the Potential of Circular Economies. Regional Studies
Singh, B., Arnold, T., Biermayr-Jenzano, P., Broerse, J., Brunori, G., Caron, P., De Schutter, O., Fan, S., Fanzo, J., Fraser, E., Gurinovic, M., Hugas, M., McGlade, J., Nellemann, C., Njuki, J., Sonnino, R., Tuomisto, H., Tutundjian, S., Webb, P. and Wes (2021). Enhancing Science-Policy Interfaces for Food System Transformation: Needs, Options, and Opportunities. Nature Food
Lopez-Cifuentes, M., Freyer, B., Sonnino, R. And Fiala, V. (2021). Embedding Sustainable Diets into Urban Food Strategies: A Multi-Actor Approach. Geoforum, 122: 11-21
Sonnino, R. and Coulson, H. (2021). Unpacking the New Urban Food Agenda: The Changing Dynamics of Global Governance in the Urban Age. Urban Studies, 58 (5): 1032-1049
den Boer, A.C.L., Kok, K., Gill, M., Breda, J., Cahill, J., Callenius, C., Caron, P., Damianova, Z., Gurinovic, M., Lähteenmäki, L., Lang, T., Sonnino, R., Verburg, G., Westhoek, H., Cesuroglu, T., Regeer, B. J., Broerse, J.E.W. (2021). Research and Innovation as a Catalyst for Food System Transformation. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 107: 150-156
Lever, J., Sonnino, R. and Cheetham, F. (2019). Reconfiguring Local Food Governance in an Age of Austerity: Towards a Place-Based Approach. Journal of Rural Studies, 69: 97-105
Sonnino, R. (2019). The Cultural Dynamics of Urban Food Governance. City, Culture and Society, 16: 12-17
Sonnino, R., Tegoni, C. and De Cunto, A. (2019). The Challenge of Systemic Food Change: Insights from Cities. Cities, 85: 110-116
Sonnino, R. (2019). Translating Sustainable Diets into Practice: The Potential of Public Food Procurement. Revista do Desenvolvimento Regional, 24 (1): 14-29
Coulson, H. and Sonnino, R. (2019). Re-Scaling the Politics of Food: Place-Based Urban Food Governance in the UK. Geoforum, 98: 170-179
Marsden, T., Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2019). Reproducing Vulnerabilities in Agri-food Systems: Tracing the Links between Governance, Financialisation and Vulnerability in Europe Post 2007-8. Journal of Agrarian Change, 19 (1): 82-100
Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2019). Re-assembling Sustainable Food Cities: An Exploration of Translocal Governance and Its Multiple Agencies. Urban Studies, 4 (56): 778-794
Firbank, L. G., Attwood, S., Eory, V., Gadanakis, Y., Lynch, J. M., Sonnino, R. and Takahashi, T. (2018). Grand Challenges in Sustainable Intensification and Ecosystem Services. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 2: 1-7
Moragues-Faus, A., Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T.K. (2017). Exploring European Food System Vulnerabilities: Towards Integrated Food Security Governance. Environmental Science and Policy, 75: 184-215
Sonnino, R. (2017). Urban Food Geographies in the Global North (Geografie Alimentari Urbane nel Nord Globalizzato). Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana, XIII (X): 39-47
Sonnino, R., Marsden, T. K., and Moragues-Faus, A. (2016). Relationalities and Convergences in Food Security Narratives: Towards a Place-Based Approach. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41 (4): 477-489
Sonnino, R., and Hanmer, O. (2016). Beyond Food Provision: Understanding Community Growing in the Context of Food Poverty. Geoforum 74: 213-221
Morgan, K. J. and Sonnino, R. (2013). The School Food Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development. London: Routledge
Sonnino, R. (2016). The New Geography of Food Security: Exploring the Potential of Urban Food Strategies. The Geographical Journal, 182 (2): 190-200
Blay-Palmer, A., Sonnino, R. and Custot, J. (2016). A Food Politics of the Possible? Growing Sustainable Food Systems through Networks of Knowledge. Agriculture and Human Values, 33 (1): 27-43
Smith, J., Andersson, G., Gourlay, R., Karner, S., Mikkelsen, B., Sonnino, R. and Barling, D. (2016). Balancing Competing Policy Demands: The Case of Sustainable Public Sector Food Procurement. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112 (1): 249-256
Sonnino, R., Lozano Torres, C. and Schneider, S. (2014). Reflexive Governance for Food Security: The Example of School Feeding in Brazil. Journal of Rural Studies, 36: 1-12
Sonnino, R., Moragues-Faus, A. and Maggio, A. (2014). Sustainable Food Security: An Emerging Research and Policy Agenda. International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 21 (1): 173-188
Sonnino, R. and Moragues-Faus, A. (2014). Sostenibilita’ e Sicurezza Alimentare: Gli Anelli Mancanti. Agriregionieuropa, 36 (10): 62-65
Sonnino, R. (2013). Local Foodscapes: Place and Power in the Agri-Food System. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B – Soil and Plant Science, 63 (1): 2-7
Sonnino, R. and Griggs-Trevarthen, C. (2013). A Resilient Social Economy? Insights from the Community Food Sector in the UK. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 25 (3-4): 272-292
Ashe, L. and Sonnino, R. (2013). Convergence in Diversity: New York City School Food and the Future of the Food Movement. International Planning Studies, 18 (1): 61-77
Ashe, L. and Sonnino, R. (2013). At the Crossroads: New Paradigms of Food Security, Public Health Nutrition and School Food. Public Health Nutrition, 16 (6): 1020-1027
Marsden, T. and Sonnino, R. (2012). Human Health and Wellbeing and the Sustainability of Urban-Regional Food Systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (4): 427-430
Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2012). Embedding Quality in the Agri-food System: The Dynamics and Implications of Place-Making Strategies in the Olive Oil Sector of Alto Palancia, Spain. Sociologia Ruralis, 52 (2): 215-234
Sonnino, R. and McWilliam, S. (2011). Food Waste, Catering Practices and Public Procurement: A Case Study of Hospital Food Systems in Wales. Food Policy, 36: 823-829
Sonnino, R. (2010). Escaping the Local Trap: Insights on Re-localization from School Food Reform. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 12 (1): 23-40
Morgan, K.J. and Sonnino, R. (2010). The Urban Foodscape: World Cities and the New Food Equation. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3: 209-224
Sonnino, R. (2009). Feeding the City: Towards a New Research and Planning Agenda. International Planning Studies, 14 (4): 425-436
Kanemasu, Y. and Sonnino, R. (2009). Dynamics of Power and Cooperation in Rural Development: The Case of Chianina Beef Production in Italy. International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 16 (2): 36-53
Sonnino, R. (2009). Quality Food, Public Procurement, and Sustainable Development: The School Meal Revolution in Rome. Environment and Planning A, 41 (2): 425-440
Marsden, T. and Sonnino, R. (2008). Rural Development and the Regional State: Denying Multifunctional Agriculture in the UK. Journal of Rural Studies, 4 (4): 422-431
Sonnino, R. (2007). The Power of Place: Embeddedness and Local Food Systems in Italy and the UK. Anthropology of Food, S2, March
Sonnino, R. (2007). Embeddedness in Action: Saffron and the Making of the Local in Southern Tuscany. Agriculture and Human Values, 24: 61-74
Morgan, K. and Sonnino, R. (2007). Empowering Consumers: Creative Procurement and School Meals in Italy and the UK. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 31 (1): 19-25
Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T. (2006). Beyond the Divide: Rethinking Relations between Alternative and Conventional Food Networks in Europe. Journal of Economic Geography, 2 (6): 181-199
Sonnino, R. (2004). For a ‘Piece of Bread’? Interpreting Sustainable Development through Agritourism in Southern Tuscany. Sociologia Ruralis, 44 (3): 285-300
Sonnino, R. (2021). Public Procurement as a Food and Nutrition Security Strategy. In Swensson, L., Hunter, D., Schneider, S. and Tartanac, F. (eds.) Public Procurement for Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Diets. Published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Biodiversity International and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Rome: FAO. Pp. 26-34
Brunori, G., Avermaete, T., Bartolini, F., Brzezina, N., Marsden, T., Mathijs, E., Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2020). Unpacking Food Systems. In Brunori, G. and Grando, S. (eds.) Innovation for Sustainability (Research in Rural Sociology and Development). Pp. 39-67. London: Emerald Publishing Limited
Brunori, G., Avermaete, T., Bartolini, F., Brzezina, N., Grando, S., Marsden, T., Mathijs, E., Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2020). Small Farming and Food and Nutrition Security. In Brunori, G. and Grando, S. (eds.) Innovation for Sustainability (Research in Rural Sociology and Development). Pp. 19-38. London: Emerald Publishing Limited
Brunori, G., Avermaete, T., Bartolini, F., Brzezina, N., Marsden, T., Mathijs, E., Moragues-Faus, A. and Sonnino, R. (2020). The Vulnerability of Food Systems. In Brunori, G. and Grando, S. (eds.) Innovation for Sustainability (Research in Rural Sociology and Development). Pp. 69-105. London: Emerald Publishing
Sonnino, R. (2019). Feeding Urban Areas: Challenges and Opportunities. In Ferranti, P., Berry, E.M., Anderson, J.R. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Vol. 1, pp. 110-113. London: Elsevier
Sonnino, R. (2018). How Universities and Research Institutions Can Support Design Thinking in Food Policy Definition. In BCFN and MUFPP (eds.) Food and Cities: The Role of Cities for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Milan: BCFN
Sonnino, R. and Moragues-Faus, A. (2018). Introduction to Part VI: Feeding Hungry and Thirsty Cities. The SAGE Handbook of Nature. London: SAGE. Pp. 535-542
Mendes, W. and Sonnino, R. (2018). Urban Food Governance in the Global North. The SAGE Handbook of Nature. London: SAGE. Pp. 543-560
Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T. (2017). Além da Linha Divisória: Repensando Relações entre Redes Alimentares Alternativas e Convencionais na Europa. In Gazolla, M. and Schneider, S. Cadeias Curtas e Redes Agroalimentares Alternativas: Negocios e Mercados da Agricoltura Familiar. Porto Alegre: UFRGS. Pp. 105-128
Sonnino, R., Spayde, J. and Ashe, L. (2016). Políticas Públicas e a Construção de Mercados: Percepções a Partir de Iniciativas de Merenda Escolar. In Marques Charão, F., Conterato, M. A. and Schneider, S. eds. Construção de Mercados Para a Agricultura Familiar: Desafios para o Desenvolvimento Rural. Porto Alegre: UFRGS Editora. Pp. 311-330
Sonnino, R., Bassinello, T. and Lozano Torres, C. (2016). School Feeding Programs: Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development. In Triches, R. M. and Teo, C. eds. Alimentação Escolar no Brasil: Ampliando Perspectivas e Construindo Interfaces ao Longo de su Trajetória Histórica. Unochapeco: Argos (Brazil). Pp. 35-64
Sonnino, R. and Beynon, B. (2015). Rethinking Food Governance: The Urban Innovations. In Deakin, D., Diamantini, D. and Borrelli, N., eds. The Governance of City Food Systems. Milano: Fondazione Feltrinelli
Sonnino, R. and Spayde, J. (2014). The “New Frontier”? Urban Strategies for Food Security and Sustainability. In Marsden, T. and Morley, A. Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm. London: Routledge
Morley, A., Sonnino, R. and Smith, A. (2012). Leading by Procuring: The Power of the Public Sector Purchasing. In Gallagher, D. (ed.) Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. London: Sage
Kanemasu, Y., Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T. (2010). Rural Development in Devon: Exploring the Dynamics of an Emerging Web. In Milone, P. and F. Ventura (eds.) Networking the Rural: The Future of Green Regions in Europe. Amsterdam: Van Gorcum
Sonnino, R. (2010). Food and Sustainable City-Regions: Lessons from around the World. In Engelen, S. and Wynants, M. (eds.) We Can Change the Weather: 100 Cases in Energy Efficacy to Start Doing So. Vubpress: Brussels University Press
Morgan, K. and Sonnino, R. (2010). Rethinking School Food: The Power of the Public Plate. In Starke, L. and L. Mastny (eds.) State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability. A WorldWatch Institute Report on Progress Towards a Sustainable Society. London: Earthscan
Sonnino, R., Kanemasu, Y. and Marsden, T. (2008). Sustainability and Rural Development. In van der Ploeg, J. D. and T. Marsden (eds.) Unfolding Webs: The Dynamics of Regional Rural Development. Amsterdam: Van Gorcum
Kanemasu, Y., Sonnino, R., Marsden, T. and Schneider, S. (2010). Testing the Web: A Comparative Analysis. In van der Ploeg, J. D. and T. Marsden (eds.) Unfolding Webs: The Dynamics of Regional Rural Development. Amsterdam: Van Gorcum
Van der Ploeg, J.D., von Broekhuizen, R., Brunori, G., Sonnino, R., Knickel, K., Tisenkopfs, T. and Oostindie, H. (2008). Towards a Framework for Understanding Regional Rural Development. In van der Ploeg, J. D. and T. Marsden (eds.) Unfolding Webs: The Dynamics of Regional Rural Development. Amsterdam: Van Gorcum
Marsden, T.K., Sonnino, R. and Morgan, K. (2008). Alternative Food Networks in Comparative Perspective: Exploring their Contributions in Creating Sustainable Spaces. In Marsden, T. (ed.) Sustainable Communities: New Spaces for Planning, Participation and Engagement. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Pp. 255-274
Marsden, T. and Sonnino, R. (2007). Agriculture ou nouvelle économie agraire? Les Réseaux Alimentaires Locaux dans le Sud Ovest de l’Angleterre. In Mollard, A., Saubova, E. and M. Hirczak (eds.) Territoires et Enjeux du Développement Régional. Update Sciences and Technology. Paris: Editions Quae
Sonnino, R. and Morgan, K. (2007). Localizing the Economy: The Untapped Potential of Green Procurement. In Cumbers, A. and G. Whittam (eds.) Reclaiming the Economy: Alternatives to Market Fundamentalism in Scotland and Beyond. Glasgow: Scottish Left Review Press. Pp. 127-140
Sonnino, R. (2007). Quality for All: School Meals in Rome. In Wheelock, V. (ed.) Healthy Eating in Schools. Skipton: Verner Wheelock Associates. Pp. 181-190
Sonnino, R. and Marsden, T. (2006). Alternative Food Networks in the South West of England: Towards a New Agrarian Eco-Economy? In Marsden, T.K. and Murdoch, J. (eds.) Between the Local and the Global: Confronting Complexity in the Contemporary Food Sector. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Pp. 299-322
Marsden, T. and Sonnino, R. (2005). Rural Development and Agri-Food Governance in Europe: Tracing the Development of Alternatives. In Higgins, V. and G. Lawrence (eds.), Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation. London: Routledge. Pp 50-68