Partnerskabet "En del af Herslev" - en undersøgelse af relationelle praksisformer i fødevareproduktionen

Mette Groth Rasmussen & Josephine Hasling Mikkelsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In recent years, the focus on human society and its crisis of sustainability has increased. This has led to several of societal developments and the creation of alternatives to the systems that causes the crises. In light of this development, this thesis aims at investigating whether food production can be organized in new ways in order to create a more sustainable use of nature’s resources.

Based on the partnership “En del af Herslev”, a cooperation between six different food producers, the thesis first of all sets out to examine how the involved parties in “En del af Herslev” experiments with the use of resources within food production through their relational practices. In continuation of this, the thesis also investigates the role of the public planning and how it promotes these relational practices. The methodically approach of the thesis focuses on actor perspective. The actor perspective is expressed through the stories of the involved parties and their upcycling of resources. The theoretical perspective of the thesis derives from the commons and commoning theory and planning theoretician Patsy Healey’s relational planning theory. The theories are used to analyze dynamics of the partnership and pinpoint how the relations generate certain practices for creating and managing commons and furthermore which influence public planning has had on the promotion of the relational practices.

The thesis concludes that the establishment of the partnership “En del af Herslev” emerged from an exchange of resources between the involved parties. Furthermore, it is found that the exchange of by-products has led to a relational cooperation that enables management of by-products as commons. The practice of the partnership rely on sharing and openness rather than enclosure, which shows a potential to reduce spill of food and resources in food production. Last but not least, it is concluded that public planning is necessary on multiple levels in order to not only establish but also to support the dissemination of relational practices that foster a more sustainable use of nature’s resources. First of all it is needed on a municipal level as it can stimulate relations between actors with common values. Secondly, it is needed on a national level as it can promote change and support actors experimenting with transformational initiatives. Thus, the foundation for challenging the existing food production systems is laid.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 sep. 2018
VejledereAslak Aamot Kjærulff


  • comons
  • commoning
  • enclosure
  • upcycling
  • relationelle praksisformer
  • relationel planlægning
  • ressourcer
  • restprodukter
  • fødevarer
  • partnerskab