EIT Food online course: Circular Business Models for Sustainable Urban Food Systems



From 02 November 2020 to 27 November 2020

Discover how circular business models transform urban food systems to tackle grand challenges through innovative solutions.

In a scenario where the world’s population will reach 9 billion people in 2050, with almost 70% of them concentrated in urban areas and requiring three times more resources than we currently use, the traditional “linear economy” is no longer suitable. On this course, you’ll discover how to design and build circular food systems for resilient, smart and sustainable cities. You’ll explore the catalytic role of cities to foster healthy and inclusive food policies, adopting systems thinking, institutional innovation, and participatory approaches in order to fulfill the 2030 SDGs.  

You’ll explore how we can foster the development of healthy and inclusive food systems policies in city-regions, where systems thinking, institutional innovation, and participatory planning are at the core.

The course focuses on:

  • Circular Economy principles, concepts, and measurements as applied in Food Systems and within the context of the SDGs.
  • Challenges and opportunities for circular food systems.
  • Urban Food Policies and the role of cities towards circularity. Business Model Innovation as a mechanism to foster circularity
  • Systems Thinking as a guide for the assessment of strengths and challenges of circularity processes.
  • Public Engagement and Communication Strategies for raising awareness and knowledge on circularity.