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Name: Agnese Cretella

Agnese Cretella

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Department of Geography
Museum Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2



Personal Profile

Agnese Cretella is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the SHARECITY project, where her key role is to examine the governance and policy challenges of food sharing. Her research is focused on the intersection between Food and Urban Studies. Her academic focus revolves specifically around urban food governance – a topic she deepened by examining the emergence of food strategies, policies, ventures, social and cultural movements – and new urban developments in cities.

She is particularly interested in exploring the dynamics of injustice around food and how these convert into the practice of urban life. These dynamics include but are not limited to: the interplay between food and city-marketing, gentrification processes, intra-urban competition, smart cities and the creative class. She empirically explored these themes while working towards her PhD at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam, part of which has already been published in peer‐reviewed international journals.

Prior to the University of Amsterdam, she was granted a Marie Curie Fellowship at Wageningen University within the EU funded, research-training project “PUREFOOD: Urban, peri-urban and regional food dynamics: towards an integrated and territorial approach to food”. Her professional background includes working as a researcher for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome and for various food-related NGOs in London.

Research Details

Agnese’s research examines the political, economic and social tensions of contemporary urban foodscapes. Her current role at SHARECITY is to advance the research on the governance of urban food sharing from an international policy analysis perspective. Besides the research and dissemination activities of the project, she has been in charge of the organization of a multi-stakeholder international workshop focused on developing future policy solutions for urban food sharing.


Davies, A. R., Cretella, A., & Franck, V. (2019). Food sharing initiatives and food democracy: Practice and policy in three European cities. Politics and Governance, 7(4), 8-20.

Cretella A., (2019). “Alternative food and the urban institutional agenda: Challenges and insights from Pisa”, Journal of Rural Studies, 69.

Cretella A., Buenger M. S., (2016). “Food as creative city politics in the city of Rotterdam”, Cities, Volume 51, January 2016, Pages 1–10, In Current Research on Cities.

Cretella A., (2016). “Revealing Urban Food Strategies”, in Metropolitan Ruralities, edited by  Kjell Andersson,  Stefan Sjöblom and  Peter Ehrström , Emerald eds.

Cretella A., (2015). “Beyond the Alternative Complex. The London Urban Food Strategy and Neoliberal Governance”, Métropoles 13, Special Issue on Alternative Urban Development Policies.

Cretella, A. (2019). “Between promise and practice: Exploring the politics of urban food strategies in European cities”, (Doctoral dissertation), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Non-Peer-Reviewed publications

Anna Davies, Agnese Cretella, Monika Rut, Stephen Mackenzie, Vivien Franck (2019). “For a sustainable future, we need to reconnect with what we’re eating – and each other”, The Conversation UK.