Integration of constraints linked to water availability, accessibility and demand in spatial foodshed models - Damiano Freiburger

With a view to increasing the sustainability of food systems, more and more foodshed-type analyses are being carried out to study the potential for feeding urban populations locally. However, little attention is paid to the issue of water.

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This resource, in terms of accessibility, availability and needs, plays a crucial role in productivity levels and the spatial distribution of crops. Its use is also subject to trade-offs between uses, in the event of shortages, with priority given to drinking water.


The aim of this thesis is to integrate water-related constraints into a foodshed model. After developing a conceptual model, a digital version of the model will be tested on a field in Occitanie, then used as a basis for various sensitivity analyses to test the impact of different scenarios (climatic, hydraulic infrastructure or agronomic such as type and location of crops) on water resources and the characteristics of the foodshed.


The work will be carried out by two research units (UMR G-eau, Montpellier and UR ECODEV, INRAE Avignon) as part of a project (TAI-OC, TETRAE, 2022-2027).  This doctoral research will benefit from a 100% INRAE doctoral grant, with operating costs funded by the TAI-OC project (INRAE and the Occitanie Region).


Key words: foodshed, water, modelling


Additional Info

  • Contact:

    PhD Student: Damiano Freiburger
    Phone : 07 44 71 05 27 / +39 342 125 6208
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    Doctoral school:  ED GAIA
    Thesis Director: Delphine Burger-Leenhardt
    Supervisors: Esther Sanz Sanz, Claude Napoleone, Crystèle Léauthaud
    Start date: 01/10/2023
    Defense date: XX/XX/2026

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