Kathrin Specht

Kathrin Specht
Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development

Dr. rer. agr., MSc Landscape Architecture and Planning

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Additional affiliations
January 2014 - June 2014
Columbia University
Position
  • Researcher
October 2009 - March 2010
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Position
  • Visting Scholar
November 2007 - present
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
Position
  • Researcher
Education
November 2011 - June 2016
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Doctoral Certificate Program in Agricultural Economics/ Promotionskolleg Agrarökonomik
October 2007 - April 2009
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Field of study
  • Landscape architecture and planning
October 2003 - June 2006
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Field of study
  • Landscape architecture and planning

Publications

Publications (92)
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Many studies examine the correlation between the use of resources such as water, energy and land, and the production of food. These nexus studies focus predominantly on large scale systems, often considering the social dimensions only in terms of access to resources and participation in the decision-making process, rather than individual attitudes...
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The COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the fragility of food sovereignty in cities and confirmed the close connection urban dwellers have with food. Although the pandemic was not responsible for a systemic failure, it suggested how citizens would accept and indeed support a transition toward more localized food production systems. As this attitudinal shift...
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Opaque value chains as well as environmental, ethical and health issues and food scandals are decreasing consumer trust in conventional agriculture and the dominant food system. As a result, critical consumers are increasingly turning to community-supported agriculture (CSA) to reconnect with producers and food. CSA is often perceived as a more sus...
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Innovative forms of green urban architecture aim to combine food, production, and design to produce food on a larger scale in and on buildings in urban areas. It includes rooftop gardens, rooftop greenhouses, indoor farms, and other building-related forms (defined as “ZFarming”). This study uses the framework of sustainability to understand the rol...
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Incorrect organic waste management can lead to several environmental and health threats. The literature shows that municipalities are adopting several strategies to reduce the improper disposal of organic waste. In 2019, Florianópolis, Brazil, became the first Brazilian state capital to approve a law on mandatory organic waste separation and compos...
Technical Report
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This roadmap identifies policy recommendations for a desirable future for urban agriculture in 2050 based on policy reviews, interviews and workshops. In particular, this work assesses how and to what degree policy can be developed to create synergies between urban agriculture and cities’ food, energy and water nexus. This work is based on the exis...
Technical Report
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Final report of the "FEW-meter" project. The FEW-meter project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (GA No. 730254) under the Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe’s call SUGI—FWE Nexus, and the ANR, France, grant number ANR-17-SUGI-0001-01; BMBF, Germany, grant number 01LF1801A; National Scien...
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Despite extensive literature on the socio-cultural services of urban open spaces, the role of food-producing spaces has not received sufficient attention. This hampers advocacy for preserving and growing urban agricultural activities, often dismissed on justifications that their contributions to overall food supply are negligible. To understand how...
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During recent decades, there has been increasing awareness of the development of “agritecture” (“agri”culture + archi“tecture”) as a means to transform and revolutionize the food supply of future cities. The different forms of agritecture include building-integrated agricultural concepts such as vertical farms or indoor farms. In this way, urban fo...
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Throughout history, urban agriculture practitioners have adapted to various challenges by continuing to provide food and social benefits. Urban gardens and farms have also responded to sudden political, economic, ecological, and social crises: wartime food shortages; urban disinvestment and property abandonment; earthquakes and floods; climate-chan...
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In the hope for more sustainable agriculture and a stronger connection to their food, an increasing number of consumers participate in alternative food networks (AFNs) characterized by short food supply chains. However, it cannot be assumed that AFNs inherently transform the prevailing system and its respective practices around food. Thus, we apply...
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Urban agriculture is an increasingly popular approach to addressing negative social and health effects of cities. Social benefits of urban agriculture include improved health and wellbeing, economic opportunities, social cohesion, and education. However, the extent to which urban agriculture participants are motivated by or experience these impacts...
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The production of food within cities through urban agriculture can be considered as a nature-based solution and is argued to be an important response to the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as to climate change and other urban challenges. However, current research on urban agriculture is still fragmented, calling for a systematic and integrative a...
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Interest in the adoption of urban agriculture (UA) has grown in recent years. The compatibility of UA with the urban social context, in particular with urban stakeholders’ attitudes, is crucial for its successful implementation and represents one of the key factors influencing its development. To this end, a literature review on different approache...
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The COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the fragility of food sovereignty in cities and confirmed the close connection urban dwellers have with food. Although the pandemic was not responsible for a systemic failure, it suggested how citizens would accept and indeed support a transition toward more localized food production systems. As this attitudinal shift...
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Attention to urban agriculture (UA) has recently grown among practitioners, scientists, and the public, resulting in several initiatives worldwide. Despite the positive perception of modern UA and locally grown, fresh produce, the potential food safety risks connected to these practices may be underestimated, leading to regulatory gaps. Thus, there...
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Link for download: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ch233QCo9bJkP Rooftop agriculture (RA) is a building-based form of urban agriculture that includes both protected and nonprotected farming practices, such as rooftop greenhouses as well as open-air rooftop gardens and farms. The use of underexploited urban spaces on buildings for farming purposes...
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Urban agriculture (UA) has long been the subject of civic and scientific debate, since it provides cities with a diverse range of functions and services. UA is thought to have a positive effect on sustainable urban development in environmental, economic and social areas. Although most of the effects attributed to UA are positive, there are also cri...
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Within the scholarly debate, Urban Agriculture (UA) has been widely acknowledged to provide diverse environmental and socio-cultural ecosystem services (ESs) for cities. However, the question of whether these potential benefits are also recognized as such by the involved societal groups on the ground has not yet been investigated. This paper aims a...
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Im Rahmen des Projekts FEW-Meter (FEW steht für: Food-Energy-Water) wird die Ressourceneffizienz urbaner Landwirtschaft in Fallstudien in Frankreich, Großbritannien, Polen, den USA und Deutschland untersucht. Ziel des Projekts ist es, den Beitrag bestehender Formen urbaner Landwirtschaft zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung von Städten zu verstehen. Dazu w...
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Die Arbeit der ILS-Forschungsgruppe Raumbezogene Planung und Städtebau unterstützt Regionen, Städte und Gemeinden dabei, auf sich stetig verändernde Rahmenbedingungen planerisch zu reagieren. Dies gilt auch in Zeiten einer globalen Epidemie. Unsere Forschungsarbeit soll, in Zusammenarbeit mit den Partnern aus der Praxis, die Anpassungsfähigkeit der...
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Since we are dedicated to what we call adaptive urban systems, our mission is to support regions, municipalities, and communities in and after the Corona Crisis in enhancing their ability to react to diverse driving forces, including global pandemics. In collaboration with our partners from the planning practice, we plan to accomplish this mission...
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Global challenges such as climate change, increasing urbanization and a lack of transparency of food chains, have led to the development of innovative urban food production approaches, such as rooftop greenhouses, vertical farms, indoor farms, aquaponics as well as production sites for edible insects or micro-algae. Those approaches are still at an...
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Compared to rural agriculture, urban agriculture (UA) has some distinct features (e.g., the limited land access, alternative growing media, unique legal environments or the non-production-related missions) that encourage the development of new practices, i.e., “novelties” or “innovations”. This paper aims to (1) identify the “triggers” for novelty...
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Urban gardens are spreading in many cities across Europe, with community gardening being a fundamental form of urban agriculture. While the literature reveals the essential role that community gardens can play in terms of learning and education, no studies have investigated the training needs for participants in community gardens to ensure their su...
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Urban agriculture has become a common form of urban land use in European cities linked to multiple environmental, social and economic benefits, as well as to diversified forms (from self-production allotments to high-tech companies). Social acceptance will determine the development of urban agriculture and specific knowledge on citizens’ perception...
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In: Transforming Cities. Urbane Systeme im Wandel. Das technisch- wissenschaftliche Fachmagazin 03/2018; p.30-31 Online available: https://www.trialog-publishers.de/epaper/771803n8%7C&F8k8N79dx265/#32
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This chapter examines the community and social justice aspects of rooftop agriculture (RA), focusing on cities in the Global North. The goal is to provide an overview of the social aspects of diverse RA typologies and the potential community and social justice effects, from the individual level to the city scale. We show that, like urban agricultur...
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In Germany, as in many other developed countries, alternative food networks (AFNs) are growing in number and relevance. Those networks include new models of production and distribution, such as food cooperatives (FoodCoops), self-harvest gardens or community-supported agriculture (CSA) schemes. AFNs represent an alternative to conventional food sup...
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In the recent literature, Alternative Food Networks (AFN) are discussed as a promising approach, at the urban-rural interface, to meeting the challenges of the current agri-food system. Consumer-producer collaboration is seen as a characteristic feature in this context. What is lacking, however, are general concepts for describing the topics of con...
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In Germany, more and more Alternative Food Networks are emerging, such as food coops, community-supported agriculture, and selfharvest gardens. Their goal is to provide a more sustainable supply of locally, ecologically or fairly produced foodstuffs. To achieve this goal, urban consumers and producers on the outskirts of the city cooperate directly...
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In den Diskussionen um eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung blieb das Thema der Lebensmittelproduktion und -versorgung lange Zeit ein wenig beachtetes Randthema. In den letzten Jahren hat diesbezüglich eine starke gesellschaftliche Veränderung stattgefunden und das Thema ‚Nahrung‘ rückt als Baustein einer nachhaltigen Stadtentwicklung immer mehr in de...
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Rooftop agriculture (RA) is an innovative form of urban agriculture that takes advantage of unused urban spaces while promoting local food production. However, the implementation of RA projects is limited due to stakeholders’ perceived risks. Such risks should be addressed and minimized in policymaking processes to ensure the sustainable deployment...
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In: Transforming Cities. Urbane Systeme im Wandel. Das technisch- wissenschaftliche Fachmagazin 01/2017
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Rooftop gardens, rooftop greenhouses and indoor farms (defined as ZFarming) have been established or planned by activists and private companies in Berlin. These projects promise to produce a range of goods that could have positive impacts on the urban setting but also carry a number of risks and uncertainties. In this early innovation phase, the re...
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This paper reports on the application and evaluation of a participatory approach called Regional Open Innovation Roadmapping (ROIR), which brings together different stakeholders to jointly develop strategies for the implementation of regional innovations. More specifically, ROIR is a tool to promote sustainable regional development that integrates...
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The data in this article represent an evaluation of a participatory process called Regional Open Innovation Roadmapping (ROIR). The approach aims at the promotion of regional development. In this case, it was carried out to develop a specific innovation in the field of ‘Zero-acreage farming’ (ZFarming), which is a building-related subtype of urban...
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Given the search for new solutions to better prepare cities for the future, in recent years, urban agriculture (UA) has gained in relevance. Within the context of UA, innovative organizational and technical approaches are generated and tested. They can be understood as novelties that begin a potential innovation process. This empirical study is bas...
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The rise of successful entrepreneurs in urban agriculture has attracted global interest. Here, we hypothesized that societal preferences and the acceptability of urban agriculture projects and products are ruling the success or failure of urban agriculture businesses. We surveyed 386 urban participants in Berlin, Germany, to identify general prefer...
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Emerging new flexible forms of consumer- producer relationships and activities within the food sector are challenging the traditional models of consumption and ownership. As social innovations, their extension can be interpreted as forerunner of economic transition. Interaction takes place through flexibilisation of scope and levels of consumer int...