Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is associate professor in global food system sustainability at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University and affiliated as professor (Lector) with Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere. Her interest in urban food systems informs her agenda on the relationship between urbanization, food provisioning and food consumption. Projects across Asia, Africa and Europe bring together three areas of research, namely sustainable food consumption, governance practices and global-local dynamics, with specific attention to social equity in access to sustainable, safe and healthy foods.

Central are the mundane, often routine, consumption practices of different population groups in the context of the dynamic Metropole Region Amsterdam. Active engagement of citizens from all walks of life is essential for shaping appropriate food systems that make a healthy and sustainable lifestyle accessible for all. Viewing the urban arena as a living lab for innovation and the urban citizens as experts of their daily life allows for more pro-active citizen involvement in urban food system transformation processes.

“The sustainability of urban food systems is our every-day fare.”

Sigrid Wertheim-Heck

Assoc. Prof. & AMS PI