As a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities
WHY DO WE STUDY
In large cities in Europe, North and South America and Asia urban agriculture is popular among citizens and policy makers because of the multitude of benefits it brings to local communities. In Bulgaria this phenomenon is often seen as a remainder from the traditions of a backward peasant culture that has no place in the urban environment of modern cities.
The start of the research on the social, economic and environmental effects of urban agriculture in Bulgaria marks the legitimation of the phenomenon as one that deserves in-depth analysis leading to reliable scientific knowledge of its essence and impacts.
GOALS OF THE RESEARCH
To study the social, economical and ecological impacts of urban agriculture (e.g. bringing together local communities, strengthening local economy and improving the quality of the environment.
To analyze the different ways through which urban agriculture has the potential to increase the quality of life index in urbanized communities and to contribute to their steady development.
WHO IS CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH?
The research is conducted by a team of sociologists from the Institute of the study of societies and knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, together with experts in economics, ecology and landscape architecture and urban studies.