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).

Latest publications


Journal articles


Caroline Brand, Giacomo Pettenati. Montagne et Alimentation : dynamiques et enjeux actuels dans les montagnes européennes. Revue de Géographie Alpine / Journal of Alpine Research, 2023, Numéro spécial "Montagne et Alimentation", 110-2 |2022, ⟨10.4000/rga.10762⟩. ⟨hal-03969964⟩
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Jennifer Buyck, Aurore Meyfroidt, Caroline Brand, Gabriel Jourdan. 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, 2021, 102, pp.319-347. ⟨10.1007/s41130-021-00147-x⟩. ⟨hal-03265690⟩
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Other publications


Caroline Brand, Giacomo Pettenati. Appel à articles RGA Numéro spécial "Montagne et Alimentation" : dynamiques et enjeux actuels dans les montagnes européennes. 2021. ⟨hal-03697753⟩
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Caroline Brand. C’est le retour du « maire nourricier », les collectivités territoriales réorganisent la disponibilité de l'offre alimentaire. 2020. ⟨hal-03697715⟩
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Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoît Daviron, Julie Debru, et al.. Designing Urban Food Policies: Concepts and Approaches. Springer International Publishing, 142 p., 2019, Urban Agriculture (Springer), 978-3-030-13958-2. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-13958-2⟩. ⟨hal-02590657⟩
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