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Researching European 'alternative' food networks: Some methodological considerations

Venn, Laura; Kneafsey, Moya; Holloway, Lewis; Cox, Rosie; Dowler, Elizabeth; Tuomainen, Helena


Laura Venn

Moya Kneafsey

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Professor Lewis Holloway
Professor of Human Geography. Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Rosie Cox

Elizabeth Dowler

Helena Tuomainen


Recent European literature on 'alternative' food networks (AFNs) draws heavily upon an apparently accessible and diverse body of non-conventional food networks in the agro-food sector and whilst researchers frequently refer to individual examples of farmers markets, box schemes, producer cooperatives and community-supported agriculture projects, less attention is given to the methodological processes that facilitate the identification and examination of these networks. From the preliminary stages of a research project focusing on examples of AFNs,(2) this paper examines the process of operationalizing AFNs research and reviews the difficulties associated with identifying, comparing and characterizing AFNs.


Venn, L., Kneafsey, M., Holloway, L., Cox, R., Dowler, E., & Tuomainen, H. (2006). Researching European 'alternative' food networks: Some methodological considerations. Area, 38(3), 248-258.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2006
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2006
Publication Date Sep 1, 2006
Journal AREA
Print ISSN 0004-0894
Electronic ISSN 1475-4762
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 248-258
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development
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