Caroline Brand

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Caroline Brand
Associate professor


  • Innovations and transition in the organization of the territorial food systems towards sustainability
  • Emergence and construction of territorial food policies – understanding and accompagnying the mecanisms for a territorial food governance
  • Urban Food Planning.

Research Unit
Studies Rural Laboratory


Food system, food governance, metropolization, urbanism, public policy, territorial transaction, territorial reciprocity.

Current projects

  • RECIBIODAL : Reciprocity at the crossroads of city and mountain: landscapes of biodiversity and food
  • ISARA-Lyon Metropolis Agreement – Action 2 “support for the development of a sustainable and inclusive food policy
  • FILAP : Setting-up a local food chain and a distribution outlet providing quality food for the inhabitants of a disadvantaged neighborhood in Vaulx-en-Velin.

Teaching activities

  • Survey methods in social sciences (3rd year and optional module in 4th year applied to the study of food behaviours and their determinants)
  • Dynamics and challenges of food systems: a social science perspective (3rd year)
  • Food and Cities (4th year optional unit)
  • Territorial food governance (5th year)
  • Feeding an urban world: changes and perspectives for more sustainable food systems (Summerschool Agrocecoly, sustainable agriculture and food systems)

Professional experience and training

  • 2019 : Post-doc, CNRS, BIOLOREC project « Effects and limits of the introduction of organic and local products in the public food sector in rural areas », Pacte UMR 5194, Grenoble.
  • 2018 : Member of the board of the « sustainable food planning » groupe of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), in charge of the regional coordinations (Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry), Cardiff University, Wagenigen University, Berlin Institute of Technology, Università di Torino, …).
  • 2017 : Post-doc, Pacte UMR 5194, PSDR 4 interregional programme « Urban Forms and Food Governance » Grenoble.
  • 2016 : Coordination of the construction of « Urban Alimentation – Sustainability of Urban Food Systems » financed by Agropolis Fondation, Daniel & Nina Carasso Fondation, Fondazione Cariplo, 2017-2019, Inra – Cirad – Politecnico di Milano. Scientific valorization of urban food policies research projects, Unesco Chair in World Food Systems. Montpellier SupAgro-CIRAD, Montpellier.
  • 2016 : Nomination for the Ph.D prize of the French National Comity of Geography (CNU-CNFG) 2016.
  • 2015 : Ph.D in Geography and Planning, Grenoble-Alpes University, PACTE-UMR 5194 lab, Grenoble, France. Dissertation entitled « Food and metropolisation : rethinking the territory in the light of a forgotten vital issue », under the direction of Prof. Martin Vanier. Merit distinction with the congratulations of the jury.
  • 2013-2015 : Local expert for the City of Lyon, URBACT european programme « Sustainable food in urban communities », Lyon, 2013-2015.
  • 2013 : Temporary Teaching and Research Associate. Institut de Géographie Alpine (IGA), Joseph Fourier University (UJF), Grenoble, 96h.
  • 2011-2015 : professional trainings for teachers and actors in territorial planning and development regarding food issues and policies.
  • 2010-2019 : lecturer in geography, Institut d’Urbanisme et de Géographie Alpine (IUGA), Grenoble Alpes University, 218h.
  • 2008 : Master of Geography and Planning, Institute of Alpine Geography, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble. Merit distinction. One semester in the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).



  • Brand, C., Ferrand, M., Vandenbroucke, P., Delfosse, C., Vonthron, S., 2022, « Se nourrir dans les franges urbaines et rurales de l’hexagone », Le Déméter, pp. 157-164
  • Buyck, J., Meyfroidt, A., Brand, C., Jourdan, G., 2021, « Bringing sustainable urban planning down to earth through food: the experience of the food transects of Grenoble and Caen », Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, 102, pp. 319–347
  • Brand, C., 2019, « Food planning : framing elements », Les dossiers Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme, n°44, pp.7-11.
  • Brand, C., 2018, « Stakes and difficulties of the cities return in the food governance. The example of the urban region of Lyon », Urbanités, n°10.
  • Brand, C., 2018, « Re-birth of a public action field : frood, from the absence to the evidence of action », Horizons Publics, Hors-série été 2018.
  • Brand, C., Bricas, N., Conaré, et al. (Eds), 2017, Designing Urban Food Policies: Concepts and Approaches, Springer, 142p.
  • Brand, C., Debru, J., 2017, « Useful theoretical approaches to build sustainable urban food policies », in Brand, C., Bricas, N., Conaré, et al. (Eds), Building urban food policies. Concepts and methods, Editions Quae, Collection Update Sciences et Technologies, 160
  • Brand, C., 2017, « The french urban food issue emergence », Bolletino della Societa Geografica Italiana Roma, serie XIII, vol. X, Fasc. 1-2, pp. 67-78.
  • Brand, C., 2017, « The return of food to the local authorities’ agenda », Urbanisme, n°405, pp.26-29.
  • Brand, C., 2015, « Interview : new urban-periurban cooperation around the food issue », Pour une région lyonnaise résiliente, Région Urbaine de Lyon.
  • Bonnefoy S., Brand, C., 2014, « Political regulation and territorial dimensions of food : from agricultural to agri-food approach », Géocarrefour, 89/1-2. pp. 95-103.
  • Brand, C., 2012, « Catering societies facing new imperatives », Dossier Alimentation et territoires, revue POUR, n°215/216.
  • ADCF, ETD, IUFN, Terres en Villes, 2012, « Feeding our cities. For a sustainable food governance of the urban regions ».
  • Brand C., Bonnefoy S., 2011, « Food of the urban societies : a makeover for the metropolitan agriculture ? », VertigO – la revue électronique en sciences de l’environnement [En ligne], Volume 11 Numéro 2
  • Landel P.-A., Brand C., Canova, N., 2011, « Re-living or living differently in rural territories : going beyond the economical value of heritage », Vivre du patrimoine, Université de Corse – UMR CNRS 6240 LISA (Ed.), L’Harmattan, 407 – 424.