Speakers: Dr Lingxuan Liu, Lancaster University.

Dr Bethan Mead, Liverpool University
Dr Sofia Kourmpetli, Cranfield University
Dr Natalia Falagán, Cranfield University

Session agenda

11:45-11:55: Short presentation by Dr Lingxuan Liu

11:55-12:15: The cohort will be allocated to two virtual rooms, each to talk about:

  • “Low-hanging fruit”: What will enable transformative urban growing/farming activities in my region? Start your discussion by “This is something that we can start doing in January 2021…”
  • “Possible hiccups”: Why urban growing/farming could be difficult/not welcomed in your region? Start your discussion by “I’m not sure about this because…”

12:15-12:25: The cohort will be brought back and exchange discussed ideas.


Rurban Revolution is a two-year interdisciplinary project focused on the transformative potential of urban greening and food growing.

Rurban Revolution brings together expertise in ecosystems, psychology, plant sciences and supply chains from Lancaster University, Cranfield University and University of Liverpool. Over the two years, we will be building an interdisciplinary evidence base on how urban green spaces and growing potentially influences:

  • Healthy and sustainable diets by improving availability, access and consumption of fruit and vegetables.
  • Food production in terms of quantity, quality and safety and the resilience of the UK food system.
  • Ecosystem service delivery, both inside and outside cities.

This project starts in April 2019 and is funded through the Global Food Security’s ‘Resilience of the UK Food System Programme’, with support from BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and The Scottish Government.