This work seeks to understand the adoption of solutions to reduce the environmental impact of food systems.
The production and trade of agricultural commodities are a key part of the global food supply and global economy, yet they are a key contributor to the rapid degradation of our most valuable ecological systems (for example through deforestation or water quality decline). As a consequence, the value that we derive from ecological systems in every region of the world is estimated to be declining by up to US$20 trillion per year.
Adoption of sustainable agricultural practices to reduce impacts is therefore necessary to ensure that ecosystems that deliver substantial economic and social benefits are preserved. This work program seeks to understand how trade and social networks influence landholders’ decisions in globally dependent systems to adopt sustainable practices.
This new project is funded by the Australian Research Council and FORMAS. I am currently accepting applications for PhD projects that will support this work program.
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