Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production:
Agrifood Systems in Transition

Affiliated Organizations and Groups

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) is an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation located in Kita-ku, Kyoto City. It conducts an integrated research in the field of global environmental studies. FEAST Project is one of RIHN's research projects.

RIHN Program 3: Designing Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing


RIHN aims to improve its transdisciplinary research strategies through organizing its diverse research projects into programs. FEAST Project is within "Program 3: Designing Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing."

Future Earth Regional Centre for Asia


Future Earth is an international research platform in the field of global sustainability science. Its Regional Centre for Asia is located at RIHN.

Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) Knowledge-Action Network


Knowledge-Action Networks (KAN) are the principle mechanism through which Future Earth conducts and delivers its research. FEAST is one of the affiliated projects within the "Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production" KAN.

General Incorporated Association Japan Cool Vege Association (Japanese only)


"Cool Vege®" is an eco-brand for produce cultivated using biochar. Through this localized carbon sequestration scheme, this association works to link urban (consummers) and rural (producers) to combat global climate change. WG4 works in collaboration with this association.

Nouchi Kankyo Hiroba/Farmland Environment Plaze (Japanese only)


This is a website created by FEAST project's WG4 that aims to co-design agri-food eco-branding tools to support regional sustainability. They are working to build a network across Japan through their initiatives on local branding and eco-branding. This website aims to act as a link between the academic realm and local communities.

Kamoka City, Kyoto


RIHN signed MOU with Kameoka City for collaborative research activties in August, 2016. FEAST has been working together with Kameoka City to conduct workshops to explore the future of food and agriculture, survey on food life/culture and pilot programs on distribution systems that benefit producers in the area.

Noshiro City, Akita (Japanese only)


FEAST is working collaboratively with the City of Noshiro to organize workshops on the future of food and agriculture and citizen science field trips with high school students in the area. The signing of MOU between Noshiro City and RIHN was completed in November, 2017

University of California, Berkeley


The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is one of top-ranked public universities. It was founded in 1868 and now provides more than 300 undergraduate and graduate education programs. RIHN signed MOU with UCB in Nov, 2013 and FEAST has taken over the designated contact position since Apr, 2017. The 1st RIHN-UCB International Workshop to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding was held at UCB -“Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond,” to which FEAST also contributed.

College of Natural Ressources, Royal Univeristy of Bhutan


College of Natural Resources (CNR) is a college under the Royal University of Bhutan network. They strive to be "a dynamic and internationally recognized centre of learning that promotes GNH and sustainable development through leadership in education, research and professional services in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Rural Development." RIHN signed a Letter of Agreement with CNR to conduct a collaborative research project on April 1st, 2017.

Mahidol University


Mahidol University is the fourth of public universities in Thailand and currently offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of health, arts and sciences. FEAST works collaboratively with its faculty members to carry out interdisciplinary focus groups and workshops on "food purchasing", "eating out" and "home cooking" in order to explore innovative and more sustainable food practices in Bangkok, Thailand. RIHN signed MOU with Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in April, 2018.

Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences


Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS) was founded in 1960 by the Shanghai Municipal Government. SAAS's endeavors have been in line with the local government's strategy of revitalizing the city through education and science and goal of establishing the city specialized in agricultural science and technology. In recent years, they particularly focus on discipline development and capacity building such as building technical platforms and research teams. RIHN signed MOU with Eco-environmental Protection Institute, which is a part of SAAS.

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University


The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is a research institute specializing in sustainability research and a part of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Its objective is to contribute to the transition to a sustainable society through science, particularly improved knowledge related to UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), in a multi-disciplinary setting. FEAST has been closely working with its researchers to explore innovative methodologies such as backcasting, gaming and scenario building, and also alternative food systems in Kyoto.

FAO's Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Programme


The GIAHS Programme promotes public understanding, awareness, national and international recognition of agricultural heritage systems. FEAST plans to conduct fieldwork in GIAHS sites in Wakayama, Ishikawa and Gifu.

Projects, Research Communities, and Groups We Find Interesting (In an alphabetical order)

Berkeley Food Institute (BFI)


Based in University of California Berkeley, they seek to "transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production."

Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (CAPE-AAG)


Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (CAPE-AAG)  aims “[t]o promote scholarly activities integrating the cultural, political, economic and biophysical dimensions of resource use and environmental change, focusing on these issues and their linkages at and across multiple spatial and temporal scales.”

Global Footprint Network (GFN)


Global Footprint Network (GFN) is an international think tank that focuses on global resource management and climate change. They provide National Footprint Accounts data, address "climate change in a comprehensive way beyond measuring carbon emissions" through the Ecological Footprint framework among other works.



"GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems."

Great Transition Initiative (GTI)


Great Transition Initiative (GTI)  is "an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere."

Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS)


Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS) is a community of scholars, development practitioners and activists from around the world. It is based at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Hague, Netherlands. The FEAST project is supporting the translation of their book series on Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies: Little Books on Big Issues!

The International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC)


The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is "devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and policymakers for the purpose of improving governance and management, advancing understanding, and creating sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resource."

International Sociological Association (ISA) RC24: Environment and Society


RC24 is a Research Committee on environment and society of International Sociological Association (ISA). Its objective is "[t]o secure and develop personal and associational/professional contacts between scientists and to unite the professional qualities, social consciousness and experience of its members for work on problems of Environment and Society throughout the world; to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments and to promote the development of scientific activities in the field of Environment and Society; to facilitate and promote meetings, communication and research projects at all national, regional and international levels."

International Sociological Association RC40: Sociology of Agriculture and Food


RC40 is a Research Committee on agriculture and food of International Sociological Association (ISA). Its objective is "[t]o promote and encourage scientific analysis of the social organization of agriculture and food systems; organization of the substantive content of the RC40 sessions of the quadrennial meetings of the ISA World Congress of Sociology; organization of additional international meetings."

Research & Degrowth (R&D)


Research&Degrowth (R&D) is "an academic association dedicated to research, training, awareness raising and events organization around degrowth."

Spaces of Quiet Sustainability: Self-provisioning and Sharing


"Spaces of Quiet Sustainability: Self-provisioning and Sharing" is a three-year research project which started in 2019 with the funding of the Czech Science Foundation. It aims at "the understanding of food self-provisioning and the sharing of food and other things. The research is focused on sharing networks around household production and participants’ values and motivations, spatiality of these networks and material flows, on economic and environmental effects of these processes and trends in self-provisioning."

Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI)


Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is "a knowledge network of professionals working at the interface of material consumption, human well-being, and technological and cultural change. It aims to foster a transition beyond the currently dominant consumer society. It provides a forum for scholars and practitioners striving to understand the drivers of the consumerist economy in affluent technological societies; to formulate and analyze options for post-consumerist lifestyles, social institutions, and economic systems; and to provide the knowledge for emergent grassroots innovations, social movements, and public policies."

Transition Research Network (TRN)


The Transition Research Network (TRN) is a self-organising peer group of academics and community activists. Their goal is "to support research that is mutually beneficial for both Transition Initiatives (part of the Transition Towns movement) and academic researchers."



TRANSMANGO is granted by the EU under 7th Framework Programme and explores diverse transition pathways to a sustainable and food secure food system. It "aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change on European and global food demand and on raw material production. The research focuses on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems in a context of socio-economic, behavioral, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change and aims to enhance understanding of the new challenges and opportunities that the food sector will face in the future."

Transnational Institute (TNI)


The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet.