Transition Pathways Towards Sustainability in Agriculture


Darnhofer, Ika, Sutherland, Lee-Ann, Wilson, Geoff A., and Zagata, Lukas (Ed.) (2014): Transition Pathways Towards Sustainability in Agriculture. Case Studies from Europe. Cabi.

Based on the research of an interdisciplinary team of sociologists, geographers and economists, this book focuses on understanding farm-level transitions in Europe. Using case studies from various countries in the EU (United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Portugal and France) the book adopts a novel analytical approach based on transition management theory. It discusses the importance of understanding transition pathways towards sustainability in European agriculture at a time of economic recession, outmigration of young people from rural areas, and increasing global competition in agro-commodity chains. It also discusses the utility of transition management concepts for addressing contemporary issues, and identifies future research needs and possible approaches.


  • I: Contributors
  • II: Glossary
  • III: Acknowledgements
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Socio-technical transitions in farming: key concepts
  • 3: Understanding the diversity of rural areas
  • 4: Utilising the multi-level perspective in empirical field research:methodological considerations
  • 5: Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models
  • 6: More than just a factor in transition processes? The role of collaboration in agriculture
  • 7: High nature value farming: environmental practices for rural sustainability
  • 8: Transition processes and natural resource management
  • 9: On-farm renewable energy: a ‘classic case’ of technological transition
  • 10: ‘The missing actor’: alternative agri-food networks and the resistance of key regime actors
  • 11: Local quality and certification schemes as new forms of governance in sustainability transitions
  • 12: Transdisciplinarity in deriving sustainability pathways for agriculture
  • 13: Conceptual insights derived from case studies on ‘emerging transitions’ in farming
  • 14: Conclusions


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