AES presidential address, 2021: Policy analysis for rural resilience—Expanding the toolkit

Dwyer, Janet C ORCID: 0000-0002-2332-9832 (2022) AES presidential address, 2021: Policy analysis for rural resilience—Expanding the toolkit. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 73 (1). pp. 3-19. doi:10.1111/1477-9552.12470

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I reflect on the progress of policy analysis for sustainable rural development over my professional lifetime, and the implications for the future. In so doing, I emphasise the distinction between policy analysis and policy evaluation, and the importance of enabling and facilitating transformation to improve resilience in a time of climate crisis; both of which highlight the need for more inclusive analytical tools, concepts and approaches. The central focus is on the development of a conceptual framework which is dynamic, interactive and holistically systemic, elucidated through, especially, comparative case studies and social-ecological concepts. Recognition of the diversity of contexts and the heterogeneity of individual characters embedded in institutional cultures, which are of our own making, leads to a much richer and more resilient conceptual framework for analysis and effective diagnosis than the abstract and severely reductive textbook economic tradition. Future research priorities for agricultural economists are suggested: in new rural governance, mapping food systems, and enhanced performance assessment for farming businesses. In that context, a call is made for increased labour and skills in future UK farming.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural economics; Evaluation; Policy analysis; Research agenda; Rural resilience; Socio-ecological systems
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Sofia Raseta
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 10:36
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2023 04:15

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