SFERE is the Sustainable Food Economies Research Group of KU Leuven.
Our key points of interest are the European food system – Resilience, sustainability and vulnerability – Agriculture – Food policies and Transition towards a more sustainable economy.
SFERE is a research team that deals with the sustainability of the food chain. We aim to obtain insights into global food demand and food production, including challenges and opportunities within the food system. We thereby focus on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems in the context of socio-economic, behavioural, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change. We also study practices and policies that support the sustainability of primary producers taking into account complex policy requirements, market imperfections and globalization.
Our point of departure is Europe and Flanders, although we recognize the need to look beyond European borders when analysing food chains.
Interaction and communication with other researchers as well as with stakeholders outside the academic world is inherent to our research approach.