Transitions to agroecological systems
Full project title:Transitions to agroecological systems: Farmers’ viewpoints
Contract period:1 November 2016 to 30 September 2017
Main funder:Scottish Natural Heritage on the behalf of the Land Use Policy Group
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Susanne Padel
Other staff involved:Bruce Pearce, Nic Lampkin
The aim of the study is to provide insight into the transition process from conventional to agroecological approaches, as perceived by a selected group of UK farmers. It aims to:
- Undertake a social science study of farmers’ experience of transition towards agroecological approaches in the UK;
- Identify motivations, challenges and opportunities encountered, together with the perceived benefits and disadvantages associated with the transition;
- Gain an understanding of individuals’ trajectories in context, including social, economic, biophysical, cultural and psychological dimensions.
Project leader and partners
ORC, project leaders
GWCT Allerton project
Padel S, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Egan J, Leake A, Levidow L, Pearce B, Lampkin N (2017) Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. A Report for the Landuse Policy Group. Newbury and Fordingbridge: Organic Research Centre and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Padel S (2018) Farmers viewpoints on transitions to agroecological systems ORC Bulletin No.124
Padel S, Egan J, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Pearce B (2017). Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. Aspects of Applied Biology 136, Sustainable Intensification, pp. 27-32