Transition Pathways Towards Sustainability in Agriculture

Case Studies from Europe

November 2019
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  • Published
    8th November 2019
  • ISBN 9781786395474
  • Language English
  • Pages 246 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
December 2014
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  • Published
    29th December 2014
  • ISBN 9781780642192
  • Language English
  • Pages 246 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

This book focuses on understanding farming transition pathways towards sustainability, using case studies from Europe. It assesses the utility of the multi-level perspective in transition theory for addressing contemporary issues and identifies future research needs, making it an essential read for researchers of rural or agricultural change.


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

Lee-Ann Sutherland

Lee-Ann Sutherland is with the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.

Ika Darnhofer

Ika Darnhofer teaches at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria.

Geoff Wilson

Geoff Wilson teaches at the University of Plymouth.

Lukas Zagata

Lukas Zagata is affiliated with the Czech University of Agriculture.