The analytical framework of INNSULA is based on a multidimensional typology of urban agriculture in Germany. Beyond its relevance as a scientific instrument for conceptual definition, the typology is developed and will be tested as a profiling tool for initiatives and a policy support tool for municipalities. Thus, the awareness regarding policy and funding opportunities and requirements can be raised.
INNSULA deals with three main research issues:
Primarily qualitative research methods are applied. In addition to literature survey, expert interviews are conducted in Germany, the USA, Canada, UK and Switzerland. Main primary data source will be an empirical survey based on in-depth interviews of urban agriculture initiative and their actors within 10 German cities.
The up-to dateness and public appreciation for urban agriculture as well as for its actors is high. Whether Community gardens, intercultural gardens, roof-top farms, grow-your-own projects or else: The media attributes urban agriculture projects as innovative contributions towards sustainable (town-) development. Still, there is a deficit of related scientific studies and evaluations in Germany. Accordingly it is essential to improve knowledge about conceptual definitions and impacts of such projects, particularly in order to derive requirements and potentials of urban agriculture for planning strategies.
As a research project INNSULA aims at identifying: Which innovation approaches do exist within urban agriculture and its community? In how far do specific activities contribute to sustainable development of urban areas?