Global Food Security Boundaries Report

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Boundary reflection can help researchers anticipate possible unwanted economic, social or environmental side-effects of their recommendations for change. While it can never be comprehensive, this reflection can help researchers do better than just take a single boundary for granted.

The Global Food Security (GFS) Boundaries Project represents the first systematic attempt to apply critical systems thinking and practice to a food systems research programme (i.e. consisting of more than one single food system project).

This report describes the results of the project, which focused on the Programme’s 13 projects.

The aim was to conduct reflection on boundary judgements within and across the projects in order to:

  • support the systemic practice in those projects
  • situate them in relation to one another
  • provide a means to make sense of the various conclusions and recommendations for action generated through the programme.

Each of the 13 projects takes a distinct lens on the resilience of the UK food system. Though there are overlapping elements, each has distinct purposes, operates with different scopes, scales and resolutions, and each makes different boundary judgements. There are synergies and tensions between the recommendations for action coming out of some of the projects.


Download the Global Food Security (GFS) Boundaries Project report, PDF (40 pages, 1MB. Opens in a new tab)

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