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Transition pathways towards sustainability in agriculture: case studies from Europe.

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The aim of this book is to improve the understanding of transition processes in European agriculture. It focuses on 'emerging transitions' - how new organizational forms and technologies change, and are changed by, mainstream actors and practices in the agricultural sector. This is achieved through an integration of recent academic theory on transition and change in agricultural systems and assess...

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Utilizing the multi-level perspective in empirical field research: methodological considerations.

This chapter identifies the challenges of operationalizing the multi-level perspective (MLP) in empirical field research, and draws on experiences from field work in the FarmPath project as a case study of how these issues can be addressed. The purpose of the FarmPath project is to examine transition processes in European agriculture. In particular, the research focuses on transitions in the making, emphasizing niches which are in the 'take-off' phase. The research also had a normative aim, specifically to understand sustainability transitions. Sustainability is understood as a process which takes into account regional differences in the forms and capabilities of the agricultural sector. In light of this definition, a transdisciplinary approach was adopted. Each of these orientations of the research poses specific challenges to the development of methodology.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Wilson, G. A. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Socio-technical transitions in farming: key concepts. Author(s): Darnhofer, I.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Understanding the diversity of European rural areas. Author(s): Slee, B. Pinto-Correia, T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 67) Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. Gonzalez, C. Sutherland, L. A. Peneva, M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 83) More than just a factor in transition processes? The role of collaboration in agriculture. Author(s): Schiller, S. R. Gonzalez, C. Flanigan, S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 97) High nature value farming: environmental practices for rural sustainability. Author(s): Peneva, M. Draganova, M. Gonzalez, C. Diaz, M. Mishev, P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 113) Transition processes and natural resource management. Author(s): Vlahos, G. Schiller, S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 127) On-farm renewable energy: a 'classic case' of technological transition. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Peter, S. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 143) 'The missing actor': alternative agri-food networks and the resistance of key regime actors. Author(s): Darrot, C. Diaz, M. Tsakalou, E. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 157) Local quality and certification schemes as new forms of governance in sustainability transitions. Author(s): Lošt'ák, M. Karanikolas, P. Draganova, M. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 171) Transdisciplinarity in deriving sustainability pathways for agriculture. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. McKee, A. Guimarães, H.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) Conceptual insights derived from case studies on 'emerging transitions' in farming. Author(s): Darnhofer, I. Sutherland, L. A. Pinto-Correia, T.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 205) Conclusions. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Zagata, L. Wilson, G. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2015
  • ISBN
  • 9781780642192
  • Record Number
  • 20143393226