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systemic research transitions for agricultural sustainability

Eksvärd, Karin (2009). Exploring new ways. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:44
ISBN 978-91-86195-91-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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The potential of facilitating transitions for sustainable development in Swedish agriculture through systemic participatory learning and action research was examined. The work was based on research and learning from two cases of vegetable growers collaborating with researchers, advisors and a research facilitator. A range of possibilities arose from the different approaches adopted in the cases, which were aimed at improving sustainability in vegetable production. The possibility of using systems ecology to improve the outcome of participatory learning and action research was examined. The results emphasise the importance of using approaches that are aligned with the nature of the situations and problems in order to improve systemic situations and problems, and what this alignment implies. It is concluded that sustainable development is about organizing ourselves in accordance with the functions of the ecological system that already is there, and the social values we already know give rise to thriving social systems. For research to contribute to sustainable development, new ways of carrying out research are needed whereby research approaches based on basic principles applicable to the systemic development issues, opportunities and situations under examination are used.

Authors/Creators:Eksvärd, Karin
Title:Exploring new ways
Subtitle:systemic research transitions for agricultural sustainability
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:79
ALLI. Eksvärd, K. (2009). Is conventional agricultural research fit for the purpose to support ecological agriculture? A study from Sweden. Submitted. II. Eksvärd, K. and Björklund, J. (2009). Is PLAR a sufficient approach for supporting increased sustainability transitions in organic agriculture? A case study from Sweden. Submitted III. Eksvärd, K. (2009). Facilitating systemic research and learning and the transition to agricultural sustainability. Submitted IV. Eksvärd, K. and Rydberg, T. (2009). Integrating participatory learning and action research and systems ecology – potential for sustainable transitions in agriculture (manuscript).
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-86195-91-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:agricultural research, organic agriculture, farmers, participation, green manures, lycopersicon esculentum, greenhouse crops, education, sustainability, sweden
Keywords:participatory learning and action research, deltagardriven forskning, systemic learning, systemic research, sustainable development, Sweden, agriculture, horticulture, systems ecology, non-dualism
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ID Code:2030
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: Karin Eksvärd
Deposited On:08 Jun 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:15

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