Hebinck completed her PhD research at the centre in November 2018. Her PhD thesis outlined how participation of new actors in the food system contributes to transformative change towards sustainable food systems. The four papers in her thesis establish a new understanding of food systems, followed by insights into food systems change, the role of participation in change processes, and how imagined futures affect this participation. Together, they demonstrate the benefits of building on food system knowledges from different spheres – i.e. public, private and civil as well as across different scientific research disciplines. The thesis concludes that a concrete, actionable understanding of how participatory processes focused on present and future food systems, contribute to transformative change in food systems. Her thesis was supervised by Line Gordon (SRC), Joost Vervoort (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University) and Stephan Barthel (Gävle Högskolan).
Beside her work as a PhD at the centre, she also works as a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford. Here she continues to work on food systems change, participatory foresight and social equity through projects, such as SUSFANS and SENTINEL. Where the SUSFANS project is a highly transdisciplinary project that developed a novel food system assessment tool, for which Hebinck designed a visualizer tool aimed at reaching a broad range of stakeholders. Currently, she leads a process with Glasgow Caledonian University to turn this visualizer into a serious game. The she is engaged as a scenario development expert in the Project SENTINEL, which focusses on social and environmental trade-offs in African agriculture. She also contributed to the now finished project TRANSMANGO.
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Increasingly well-organised food assistance initiatives might help transform struggling official food and welfare systems
2018 - Journal / article
Transformations inherently involve systems change and because of the political nature of change, are subject to contestation. A potentially effective strategy to further transformative change that builds on interdisciplinary, multiactor, and multiscale-practices and values is the use of foresight. Foresight covers a wide range of methods to systematically investigate the future. Foresight exercises offer collaborative spaces a...
2018 - Journal / article
The food system’s decreasing ability to deliver food security has led to the emergence of food assistance initiatives. Food assistance is highly contested; as some argue, it is a “failure of the state”, while others regard food assistance to be an “extension of the welfare state”. Either way, research suggests that actors within food assistance are rethinking their role in the food system. In this paper, we study three food a...
2017 - Journal / article
Urban food strategies are increasingly being used as means to address a multitude of challenges presented by food system failings. The use of participatory approaches has become common practice in the field of urban food systems planning. These approaches are believed to democratize, legitimize and increase effectiveness of addressing challenges. Despite these “promises”, they have also been viewed as problematic for being unb...