Valentin Fiala

Valentin Fiala
Freie Universität Berlin | FUB · Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)

PhD in Social Science

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Introduction
Valentin Fiala works on the transformation of food systems in the tension field between politics, economy and social expectations. He has several years of experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research. In his work he often uses arts-based methods and crosses the boundaries between science and art, creating microwave cooking shows, reflective photobooths, critical carnival parties, zombie performances etc.

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Publications (14)
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Within the broader framework of the EU-H2020 EdiCitNet project—a large-scale collaborative project with a multi-stakeholder approach—there is the opportunity to observe participatory planning approaches to mainstream nature-based, edible solutions to solve specific social urban problems in an international group of six cities—Berlin (Germany), Cart...
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Urbanization processes have been accompanied by a shift towards diets that have placed increased pressures on the environment and human health. City governments are increasingly striving to address these challenges through a policy focus on “sustainable diets”. Using the example of the city of Vienna (Austria), this paper adopts an innovative multi...
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Possible contributions of organic farming to solve the current environmental crisis in industrialized agriculture can range from greening the existing agrofood system to being a driver for systemic change. The growth of organic farming has led to debates over whether organic is still a driver of societal transformation or whether it has become a sl...
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Community seed banks (CSBs) are initiatives to support the conservation and use of diverse crops though locally rooted collective action. The impact of CSBs is assumed to be complex, but has not been investigated in detail. Our study addresses this gap by analysing the impact of CSBs using social-ecological resilience as theoretical framework. We f...
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Taken-for-granted knowledge about people from other social groups is a key challenge for overcoming stereotypes. This article describes a novel arts-based research method to visualise participants’ frames of distanced social groups and aims to trigger reflections among them. The Reflective Photobooth invites participants to dress up as members of d...
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Organic agriculture and food research (OAFR) is well established and there is an ongoing and vibrant discussion about the future research needs of organic farming. However, reviews of the research features of OAFR have been less common. During the editorial work on a collection of book sections about the state of the art of OAFR, we felt that the d...
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This paper explores the construction of organic farming in two advertising campaigns from Austrian supermarket retailers. Austria illustrates how the growth, change, and differentiation of the organic movement has led to confusion about its current identity. In this context we argue that promotion of organic brands could increase the perception amo...
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„The cook and the cooker“ versteht sich als künstlerisch inspirierte Forschung, die neue Ausdrucksformen schafft, um Phänomene kritisch zu hinterfragen. Uns geht es darum, Ernährungssysteme zu verstehen, die gewisse Küchentechnologien hervorbringen sowie den Einfluss dieser Geräte auf unser gesellschaftliches Leben zu erforschen. Pro Kochduell werd...
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In this paper we evaluate whether the course “System Analysis and Scenario Technique” at BOKU University can equip students with the necessary competencies to perform transdisciplinary research to foster the integration of science, technology, policy and practice. Furthermore, we investigate what the most effective didactic methods applied in the c...
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In societies where only a small fraction of people have direct experience with agriculture, media representations of organic farming are an important source of information. We conducted a multimodal analysis of TV clips from two Austrian advertising campaigns for organic brands to find out how both companies present their products and construct an...
Chapter
This chapter discusses the different possibilities of using system theory for research on organic farming (in German).
Conference Paper
Social innovation (i.e. the rise and diffusion of new social practices or devel-opment of new interactions between individuals or groups) is at the core of the conversion from conventional to organic farming . Social innovation enables these technical and economic innovations associated with conversion, but it can also arise from the organic techni...
Presentation
In this presentation we discuss the potential of a specific visualization method (the Reflective Photobooth) to engage and challange stereotypes related with agriculture and farming.
Conference Paper
This paper explores the use of zombies as a vector to bridge the methodological and epistemological gap between qualitative social science (QSS) and Agent Based Modelling (ABM) for describing system behaviour. Zombies were chosen because they have simple characteristics, which make them easy to understand from a QSS perspective, and their behaviour...

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This project collects, developes and tests different arts-based research methods to investigate our modern agrofood system. Current focus areas are distanced consumer-producer relations and food technology
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to investigate the media representation of organic farming in modern agrofood systems in order to better understand the societal role of alternative food movements
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The systemic use of urban landscapes for food production is a major step towards more sustainable, liveable and healthier cities. A multitude of initiatives around the World, however fragmented, are prospering, forming a global movement of Edible Cities. Their products, activities and services – the Edible City Solutions (ECS) - empower local communities to overcome social problems by their inclusive and participatory dynamics and to create new green businesses and jobs, and thereby generating local economic growth and fostering social cohesion. EdiCitNet will leverage the substantial benefits that ECS effect today at local level and catalyse their replication EU- and world-wide by launching a fully open and participatory network of cities, empowering their inhabitants by a common methodology a) to systematically explore the wealth and diversity of existing ECS, b) to adapt, plan and implement successfully proven ECS in their specific urban context. To make this happen, EdiCitNet will close knowledge gaps in the effective implementation of ECS and their transformation into sustainable, innovative business models. This new insight will feed into a openly shared and globally accessible knowledge base and methodology to enable sustainable and evidence-based integration of ECS into the long-term urban planning of cities covering a large spectrum of urban, climatic, social, environmental and cultural contexts. 5 Front Runner Cities (FRC), supported by a highly interdisciplinary consortium of city authorities, SME, NGOs and academia, will demonstrate their unique experience with own Living Labs and transfer their knowledge to 7 dedicated Follower Cities (FC), determined to replicate ECS for the benefit of their inhabitants. The carefully selected group of FRC and FC allows to study and monitor implementation in large variety of environments and also ensures truly global outreach with city partners based in Central America, Africa and East Asia