Intensive Lecture Course by Dr. Bálint Balázs (ESSRG: Environmental Social Science Research Group) on June 3, 4, 10, 11, 2021

As part of a series of international collaborative courses offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Unit for the Kyoto University Top Global Course (AGST), the Division of Natural Resource Economics will hold an intensive lecture course entitled “Sustainable Food Systems – A View from Eastern Europe” (Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics IIIA) , taught online by Dr. Bálint Balázs, Managing Director and a Senior Research Fellow of the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG) in Budapest, Hungary on June 3, 4, 10, 11, 2021. 

[Course Title]

[Intensive, First semester]

Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics IIIA (生物資源経済学特別講義IIIA)(Code: FC03000)

“Sustainable Food Systems – A View from Eastern Europe”

[Number of credits]

1 (one)


Dr. Bálint Balázs

Managing Director and Senior Research Fellow
Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG) in Budapest, Hungary


June 3 (Thursday): 16:00-19:00 Classes 1 & 2

June 4 (Friday): 16:00-19:00 Classes 3 & 4

June 10 (Thursday): 16:00-19:00 Classes 5 & 6

June 11 (Friday): 16:00-19:00 Classes 7 & 8

[Course Format]

Online via Zoom 



[Overview and purpose of the course]

In the context of sustainability transitions, discourses on the benefits and potentials of local food have been proliferating. The course introduces the concepts and research perspectives of sustainable food systems and varied concepts, research agendas, analytical tools for understanding the emergence and dynamics of sustainable local food. Sustainable food systems will be also explored via evidence from Eastern Europe to challenge some normative assumptions and explanatory models underlying food system scholarship.

[Syllabus & Flyer]

Please see Syllabus  and Flyer for further information.


[For Academic Credit]: 

   ■Students at GSA (Graduate School of Agriculture):

     Please register on KULASIS according to the following schedule: 

       ・April 2- 16:  Timetable creation

       ・April 17- 20: Registration

       ・April 23- 26 :  Correction

       ・April 28 (5:00 pm): Confirmation of registration

   ■Students at other Graduate Schools: 

   Students at other Graduate Schools also can register for this course. However, the course registration process may differ from one Graduate School to another. For details, please contact the student affairs office of your affiliated Graduate School.

[For Auditing (Non-credit Participation)]:

Please register with Assistant Teaching Staff Mr. Makoto Kuroda by contacting him at:

kuroda.makoto.6a[at] (please replace [at] with @)

by May 27 (Thursday), 2021.


Makoto KURODA, Assistant Teaching Staff, Division of Natural Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture

E-mail: kuroda.makoto.6a[at] (please replace [at] with @)

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