Framing niche-regime linkage as adaptation: An analysis of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture across Europe

Ingram, Julie (2015) Framing niche-regime linkage as adaptation: An analysis of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture across Europe. Journal of Rural Studies, 40. pp. 59-75. ISSN 07430167

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Abstract

This paper draws on the transition literature to examine niche-regime interaction. Specifically it aims to reveal and contribute to an understanding of the processes that link sustainable agriculture innovation networks to the agricultural regime. It analyses findings from participatory workshops with actors in 17 Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture (LINSA) across Europe. Framing linkage as an adaptive process, whereby regime actors and entities adapt to incorporate LINSA, and vice versa, reveals different patterns and processes of adaptation. Five adaptation modes are distinguished and described corresponding to different levels of adaptation between LINSA and the agricultural regime. Understanding adaptive linkage processes within and across these modes as reflexive, learning and networking processes enabled and facilitated by individuals and organisations provides more insights into linkage processes than a hierarchical approach. Analysis of results from 17 LINSA from a number of different contexts across Europe allows a broad empirical analysis and an overview of the interplay of processes contributing to the agricultural regime's adaptive capacity.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Niche; Regime; Niche-regime linkage; Networks; Innovation; Transition; Adaptation; Adaptive capacity; Sustainable agriculture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S604.5 Agricultural conservation
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB175 Food crops
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Eleanor Hawketts
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 14:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 04:53
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2718

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