Call for Chapters: Food Supply Chains in Cities

Chapter Submission Deadline: 2 July 2018 (If you have not submitted an Extended Abstract, please email with your chapter idea).

We expect the chapters to be 8,000 – 10,000 words long and written using our Chapter Template. We recommend Mendeley to manage the references in your chapter.

We will organise a double-blind review process for all chapters submitted and notify the authors of their review results by 31 October 2018.

Food Supply Chains in Cities: Modern Tools for Circularity and Sustainability
(Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan)

Edited by: Dr Emel Aktas and Professor Michael Bourlakis; Cranfield University (UK)


The food sector has economic and political significance for all countries. A highly fragmented and heavily regulated sector, it has become increasingly complex owing to globalisation and geographical decoupling of production and consumption activities.

The urban population of the world has grown from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and more than 70% of the population is anticipated to be living in urban areas by 2050. Food supply chains play a vital role in feeding the world’s most populous cities, whilst underpinning transportation, storage, distribution, and waste management activities for the sustainability of the urban environment. That is why this book presents the latest research on food supply chain management with a focus on urbanisation. The contributions involve food distribution in cities, food waste minimisation, and food security with a focus on models and approaches to achieve more sustainable and circular food supply chains.


The book is organised in three sections: 1) Food supply chain management in cities: theoretical foundations and practical applications, 2) Sustainability concerns including food waste, circular economy, last mile distribution, 3) Prospects on city logistics, food security, and food-water-energy nexus. We invite contributors who have engineering and social science backgrounds from various countries to have a global and multidisciplinary perspective on food supply chains in cities.


A non-exhaustive list of topics we invite to be considered for inclusion in this book are as follows:

  • Urbanisation and liveable cities, new models to solve major problems in cities: food distribution, accessibility, availability, affordability, food deserts)
  • Pollution from food transportation in cities and its impact on health and well being of city dwellers, last mile food distribution
  • Circular economy (water, food, waste, energy) and related concepts: waste, packaging, transport and city logistics, safety, security, environmental and social sustainability with reference to food supply chains
  • Sustainability reporting, e.g. according to the Global Reporting Initiative standards, in the food industry.
  • The impact of digital supply chains on sustainability dealing with the Internet of Things, physical Internet, the blockchain, e-mobility with reference to food supply chains
  • Food waste management and reduction (both supply chain and consumer perspectives)
  • Zero-emission logistics and zero-emission energy in the city applications in the food sector – ethical food retailers and their sustainable transport policies
  • Frozen/conditioned food supply chains, inventory implications, short and long distance transport and delivery models including logistics collaboration
  • Analysis of the impact of food retail activities in cities
  • New business models in food retail including online purchases followed by home delivery and click & collect and supply chain implications for urban areas
  • Food supply chain resilience

Guidelines for Extended Abstracts

We invite authors to submit a structured abstract of around 2,000 words by 2 April 2018. Please email your extended abstract to as Word document. For convenience, please use the Extended Abstract Template provided and Title Page Template as we will organise a double-blind review process for all chapters submitted.

We will notify authors 30 April 2018 about the acceptance of their extended abstract for further development into a full chapter with the time frames.

We look forward to receiving your extended abstracts.

Professor Emel Aktas and Professor Michael Bourlakis