Collaborative governance design in local food systems in the United States

Graham Ambrose, Saba Siddiki, Ute Brady

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Food policy councils, which convene diverse stakeholders in local food policymaking and implementation, are increasingly recognized for the prominent role they play in food system governance. Yet little attention has been given to systematically identifying who participates in councils, why councils are established, what topics councils are expected to address, and how they are expected to address these topics as indicated in the formal mandates that govern them. This study addresses this limitation by offering a systematic description of the design of publicly mandated food policy councils operating at the municipal-level in the United States. It contributes understanding regarding (1) council membership, (2) the contexts in which councils are established, (3) the topical foci of councils, and (4) mandated and authorized policy activities. This study yields valuable insights for scholars and practitioners interested in understanding stakeholder representation within councils, as well as the authority and responsibility vested in them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-383
Number of pages22
JournalPolicy Design and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • Collaborative governance
  • food policy council
  • policy design
  • stakeholder representation
  • urban policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'Collaborative governance design in local food systems in the United States'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this