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Agroecological Transitions: from Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

This Open Access book presents feedback from the ‘Territorial Agroecological Transition in Action’- TATA-BOX research project, which was devoted to the theoretical and practical aspects of the agroecological transition. The multidisciplinary and multi-organisation research team steered a four-year action-research process in two territories of France.

Updated on 09/19/2019
Published on 09/19/2019

This book presents:

  • the key dimensions to be considered when dealing with the agroecological transition: diversity of agriculture models, management of uncertainties, polycentric governance, autonomies, and role of actors’ networks;
  • an operational and original participatory process and associated boundary tools to support local stakeholders in shifting from a shared diagnosis to a shared action plan for transition, and in so doing developing mutual understanding and involvement;
  • an analysis of the main effects of the methodology on research organisation and on stakeholders’ development and application;
  • critical analysis and foresights on the main outcomes of TATA-BOX, provided by external researchers.


About the editors

Jacques-Eric Bergez, is a research director and head of the INRA AGIR research unit  AGroecologies, Innovations & teRritories). His main interests are systemic agronomy and modelling. His main research topic is the description and modelling of farmers’ practices in order to develop innovative crop management systems. He is the scientific leader of the RECORD users’ network, RECORD being a modelling and simulation platform to develop and work with agroecosystem models. He is the (co)author of more than sixty research papers and has supervised eight theses.

Elise Audouin is an agroecologist at the INRA AGIR unit (AGroecologies, Innovations & teRritories). Her main expertise is the development and facilitation of participatory processes for supporting stakeholders in designing the agroecological transition.  She is specialized in the conception of participatory methods, representation modes, intermediary object design and scientific mediation. She has coordinated 24 workshops with 412 participants in contrasted contexts (Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, Scandinavian countries, Africa); and on contrasted topics (specific agroecological farm practices; organic food consumption; chain impacts; holistic agroecological project) and scales (from farm to city, department to production chain).

Olivier Therond is a landscape agronomist at the INRA LAE unit (Laboratory Agronomy and Environment). His main expertise is on methods for integrated assessment and modeling of social-ecological systems. Recent activities focus on analysis and assessment of agriculture models, development of the MAELIA multi-agent modeling and simulation platform, development of participatory methods and boundary objects (including models) for supporting stakeholders in designing agricultural landscapes to deal with water shortage issues, crop–livestock systems, and agroecological transitions at the local level. He is the (co)author of more than forty research papers and has supervised five theses.


Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

Copyright: 2019
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-01953-2
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01953-2
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-01952-5
Number of Pages: XVI, 335
Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour

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