De Koning, Susan & Haas, Wim & Roo, Nina & Kraan, Marloes & Dijkshoorn-Dekker, Marijke. (2021). Tools for Transitions: An inventory of approaches, methods and tools for stakeholder engagement in developing transition pathways to sustainable food systems. 10.18174/538961.
This study was carried out by Wageningen University & Research and was commissioned and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality within the context of the Knowledge Base programme ‘Food Security and Valuing Water’ (Transition pathways: project number KB-35-006-001)
The global food system is facing big problems, such as global food security for a growing population, climate change and biodiversity conservation, which ask for transitions of the food system. To analyze or contribute to a food system transition it is important to explore possible ‘transition pathways’ towards more sustainable food systems. A ‘transition pathway’ is a narrative that describes how a new or adapted system may evolve out of a previous system. To create impact pathways need to be developed with the engagement of stakeholders. In this document, an overview is given of approaches, methods and tools which are relevant for stakeholder engagement in the development of transition pathways towards sustainable food systems. The report is intended for those who are involved in transition initiatives in a role as researcher, consultant of process facilitator.
Approaches refer to the paradigms behind the way research is done.
Methods are the strategies and processes that are utilized in – here - the development of transition pathways.
Tools are the means that help to fulfil a task in a (research) project, for instance to collect, analyse or present information. The number of tools is endless.
We distinguished several approaches:
Action research (e.g. multi-stakeholder partnerships)
Shared knowledge creation (e.g. community of practice)
Combinations of models and participation (e.g. transition support system approach)
Next to that, we specifically describe the (different) role(s) of researchers in stakeholder involvement. Stakeholder involvement requires new skills of researchers. It helps if they have a broad experience and can understand several worlds.
Approaches come to expression in the used methods. We distinguish: