A systematic literature review of methodological approaches in Alternative Food Networks studies.

Michel-Villarreal, Rosario (2018) A systematic literature review of methodological approaches in Alternative Food Networks studies. In: LIBS Research Showcase, June 2018, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) have been defined as “newly emerging networks of producers, consumers, and other actors” that embody alternatives to the more standardised conventional food systems (Renting et al., 2003). Farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture, box schemes, cooperatives, farm shops and other initiatives have been grouped under the AFNs umbrella. Most recently, there have been calls for a greater variety of methods used in the study of AFNs as a way to progress knowledge in the field. AFNs have been criticised for their overreliance in the use of case studies. Other criticisms have arisen due to a wide number of studies that only look at one specific type of AFNs and produce contradictory outcomes. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the methodological diversity and rigour of AFNs literature. To this end, I conducted a systematic literature review aimed at answering the following questions: RQ1. What methodological approaches have been used in the study of AFNs? RQ2. How many AFNs do studies look at?

Keywords:Sustainability, food supply chain
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:33101
Deposited On:10 Sep 2018 14:23

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