Chiara Aurora Demaldè holds a PhD in Sociology of Food and Sustainability (Università Milano-Bicocca). She researched the consumption of sustainable food in the city of Milano, considering the importance of food choices in everyday life for sustainable development in urban systems. Her research topics are: communication, education and civic participation related to sustainable food behaviours; quality of life in urban systems; Spatial Analysis (Gis), urban planning, gastronomy and cooking habits. She works and cooperates with local associations related to sustainability and food topics (italian “Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale”).
Alexandra Devik is a Human Geographer from the University of Oslo, Norway. Her master thesis researched the Norwegian CSA’s potential as viable economical solutions for farmers (https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/37652). She works at Oikos – Organic Norway, a NGO, as an advisor and project leader (www.oikos.no). Her work involves partly helping CSA to develop, information work and link consumers and producers. Further is her interest and work with alternative food distribution systems realized through Kooperativet SA a food coop started in Oslo in 2013. www.kooperativet.no.
Sini Forssell is a doctoral candidate in Food Economics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her doctoral research is on alternative food networks, sustainable entrepreneurship and food sustainability. She has been involved in developing Finland’s first CSA scheme, the Urban Co-operative Farm. http://ruokaosuuskunta.fi/english/
François Guiton is involved in the French AMAP network, and has experience in environmental research, specifically in the area of statistics and mathematics. In the field of CSA, he is interested in the setting up of the ethics brought by the AMAP charter, related participatory evaluations, solidarity finance for agriculture and the sharing of knowledge and know-how. He is a member and co-coordinator of the organisation board of an AMAP in the south of France, and member of the administration board of the MIRAMAP.
Daniel López García holds a PhD in Agroecology and works as researcher at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla, Spain. His main research areas are alternative food networks, agroecological transition and participatory action-research. He has been involved in the first CSA in Spain (Bajo el Asfalto está la Huerta, Madrid, 1999). Since then, he has promoted many participatory events to allow collective grassroots reflection and networking between local CSAs, and within wider alternative food networks.
Adanella Rossi is a researcher in rural economics and agro-food economics at the University of Pisa Italy. She has international research experience on alternative food networks, transition towards food sustainability and social innovation. She has relationships with regional and national networks of CSA and is directly involved in diverse experiences at local level (Solidarity-based Purchase Groups – GAS; CSA; collective gardening).
Peter Volz is a researcher from the organisation Die Agronauten (www.agronauten.net), based in Germany. Based on his background in participatory social research and personal activism he is interested in all types of research that bear practical relevance and that aim to establish food systems of permanence, resilience and proximity.