Agroecological niches in the Global South

Past Event
21 January 2022 15:00 (GMT)
21 January 2022 16:00 (GMT)

The Food System is a socio-technical system with very well known negative externalities for the environment, for social equity and for health, to mention the most important ones (FAO, 2019; IAAST, 2021). It is extremely difficult to find sustainable ways to promote local agroecological farming and more sustainable eating habits. Nevertheless, there are incredible niches that are making a difference worldwide, many of them in the Global North (GN) and urban contexts, which have proven to be able to reconstruct community dynamics, build local economies, create greener and more sustainable economies and healthier communities.

Global South (GS) urban and peri urban agro ecological initiatives exist, facing socio-technical regimes with weak institutions, lack of policies, very weak civil society and very high levels of corruption (Ramos-Mejía, et.al. 2018; AS/COA, et.al,.2021). An open conversation with transformative innovation practitioners can be of great value to identify networking engagement in joint experiments that can contribute to local GS niches to get to mainstream processes that will help them nurture, grow and scale to different territories and social groups.

Ref: #14

Experimentation for transformative change
Challenge-led: Food


Teresa De Leon
Teresa holds a Masters in Science in Technology Commercialisation from the Advanced Materials Research Center in Mexico and the University of Texas in Austin as well as a Masters in Habitat from the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. Her professional experience has been in the Science and Technology Sector, first as technology transfer professional at a public research center dedicated to physics (2000-2013) and at the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) designing public policy in innovation (2014-2018). During her eighteen years in the technology transfer and innovation field, MSc de León developed and taught in at least ten different educational programs and designed and operated at least fifteen public funding competitions in CONACYT. Her trajectory in innovation policy took her to lead Mexico´s participation in the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium in SPRU (2016 - 2018) which unfortunately got cancelled with the change of government. Her interest in the field of transformative innovation took her to dedicate her recent Masters in Habitat to study the agroecological niche in a peri urban area in the state of Puebla, Mexico and to start collaborating with the actors in the niche to promote a public agenda for better understanding and transforming the local food system.
Paulina Terrazas
Applied research specialist with over 12 years of experience in evidence for strategic decisions. She worked on TIPC as part of the Local Development and International Cooperation Doctoral Programme at Ingenio-CSIC-UPV, focusing on Second Order Learning and MOTION projects. Previously, Paulina coordinated the public sector work towards the 2030 Agenda implementation in Mexico and headed the Specialized Technical Committee for Sustainable Development Goals. As a result from that work, the first national multisector strategy towards sustainability was elaborated. Paulina is a political scientist and international relations specialist from the Mexican Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), with an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. She has worked in the academic, social, international and private sectors in different responsibilities to promote the use of evidence in high level decisions. With a permanent interest in development and its drivers, she has worked in depth for the education and health sectors. Lately, she has been more and more interested in studying how social, environmental and economic elements interact, and how innovation may pave the way towards sustainability.
Aleithya Morales
Economist with an MSc in Energy Policy from the University of Sussex. Aleithya has been working on sustainable transitions with a focus on mobility. Currently, she collaborates with GIZ Mexico in the Sustainable Transport Program, whose objective is to promote a transport transition related to freight and goods. Also, she collaborated with SPRU in the promotion of transformative innovation policies in Latin America.
Carmen Bueno Castellanos
PhD in Social Anthropology, member of the National System of Researchers level III, member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Currently professor-researcher in the postgraduate course in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Topics of interest are: Anthropology of the futures, innovation processes, globalization. The most recent publications are: 2021 “Repensando la innovación: una propuesta desde la Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México en Competitividad al servicio del bienestar inclusivo y sostenible, Cuadernos Orkestra, Deusto Spain; 2021 “Comunidades de práctica distribuida en la economía de plataforma: tres casos desde México” Revista Latinoamericana de Antropología del Trabajo, Buenos Aires Argentina, editor of the book Ser emprendedor en el siglo XXI, editado por la UIACDMX/ UAEMEX; 2019 “Being Connected: Mobile phones in the lives of domestic workers in México City” en Women Consumption and Paradox, USA: Routledge; 2019 “World Systems Theory” en International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley & Sons. As of 2019 founding member of the Latin American Hub on Transformative Innovation. From 2020 to 2023 Member of the External Evaluation Committee of El Colegio de San Luis Potosí and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.