circularity, multi-actor approach, behaviour, consumer, farmer, social
In our social-science based research department in Teagasc - the Irish agriculture and food development authority, we are interested in contributing a social/behavioural science dimension to interdisciplinary research projects related to agriculture, food and the wider bioeconomy. We have experience in leading the multi-actor approach in EU projects and have many years experience researching the values, behaviour and attitudes of actors in the supply chain, from primary producers to consumers/citizens. With experience in both livestock and crops production systems, direct linkages to advisors and farmers, and experience in EU projects, we are well placed to contribute to SusCrop.
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry. Its mission is to support science-based innovation to underpin industry profitability, competitiveness and sustainability, and contribute to enhancing the quality of life of rural communities. This is achieved through the close coupling of research and knowledge exchange in four programme areas; Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation (AGRIP); Crops, Environment & Land Use (CELUP); Food (FP); and Rural Economy and Development (REDP). Teagasc’s annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects, carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in 6 research centres throughout Ireland. The Teagasc agricultural advisory programme, delivered by over 250 advisors, provides all farmers in the country with the opportunity to see good practice in operation and to acquire new skills through public events including open days, farm walks and seminars, public media; our 50,000 contracted clients receive additional tailored services from their local advisory office. Teagasc also provides a very wide range of practical, financial, technical and environmental education and training opportunities for farming and farm family members.
Within Teagasc the Dept. of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis (AFBSA) is the leading rural social science research programme in Ireland that focuses on understanding agricultural innovation so as to inform the (co) design of enabling policy and practice. The programme is implemented by researchers from sociology, psychology, geography, economics, marketing, statistics and computer science disciplines.