WG Knowledge Systems and Innovation (AGWI)

This working group recognizes organic agriculture as farming system that is generated by an interplay and interdependency of ecological, social, economic and cultural components.
We concentrate on the actors within this system, the people, focusing on their relationships with each other as well as with their environment. We aim to understand the actors’ characteristics, knowledge and practices. This understanding shall contribute to the development of organic farming.

Our research focuses on the communication and transfer of knowledge, on attitudes and beliefs, and other ‘invisible’ mechanisms that underlie agricultural and environmental practices as well as innovation processes within the organic agriculture system.
We conduct our research on the above named topics mainly in small-scale agricultural systems in rural, urban and, peri-urban areas in Austria, Europe and different countries worldwide. Empirical research forms the basis of projects, master theses and dissertations. Additionally, we teach these topics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, and at other universities (e.g. Erasmus intensive programs and summer schools). More about this under teaching. We also communicate our findings to the wider public. Read more about our team. A collection of materials generated within our projects is published as AGWI-media.

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Head: Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian R. Vogl