Michael Winter, Wed. March 28, 12:30pm: “Sustainable Intensification in Policy and Practice: The UK Story”

Sustainable Intensification in Policy and Practice: The UK Story

How do we increase agricultural production sustainably?

Farm photo by Toby Speight.

Speaker: CSFS visiting scholar Michael Winter, Professor of Land Economy and Society, University of Exeter

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

Location: Liu Multipurpose Room


The 2008 global increases in food prices led to a major new emphasis on increasing agricultural production but doing so sustainably, hence the notion of Sustainable Intensification. Michael Winter, who has led research on this in the UK, will reflect on progress and challenges.

About Dr. Michael Winter:

Michael is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process.  His current research focuses on the governance of sustainable agro-food systems and food security; the historical and contemporary sociology of west country agriculture; & farmer environmental attitudes and decision-making, particularly in the context of diffuse pollution and water quality. He leads Project 2 of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform.

He chairs the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Partnership and the Stakeholder Group for the Avon Demonstration Test Catchment. He is a board member of Natural England and a member of the governing board of Rothamsted Research.