autonomy; Switzerland; food studies; collective knowledge; food labels; modes of governance; United kingdom; New Zealand; Transnational food networks; Neoliberalisation of nature; audit systems; Agri-environmental policies
Forney Jérémie, Rosin Chris, Campbell Hugh (ed.) (2018), Agri-Environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, Power, and Transformation
, Routledge/Earthscan, London and New York.
Forney Jérémie, Rosin Chris, Campbell Hugh (2018), Introduction: agri-environmental goverance as assemblage, in Forney Jérémie (et al.) (ed.), Routledge/Earthscan, London and New York, 1-16.
Tall Ismaël, Campbell Hugh (2018), The "dirty dairying" campaign in New Zealand: constructing problems ans assembling responses, in Rosin Chris, Forney Jérémie, Campbell Hugh (ed.), Routledge, London / New York, 161-176.
Wynne-Jones Sophie, Vetter Thomas (2018), Assembling Payments for Ecosystem Services in Wales, in Forney Jérémie, Rosin Chris, Campbell Hugh (ed.), Routledge, London and New York, 19-37.
Bentia Dana, Forney Jeremie (2018), Beyond Soyisation. Donau Soja as an Assemblage, Routledge, London and New York, 177-192.
Emery Steven B., Forney Jérémie, Wynne-Jones Sophie (2017), The more-than-economic dimensions of cooperation in food production, in Journal of Rural Studies
Jérémie Forney (2016), Blind spots in agri-environmental governance: some reflections and suggestions from Switzerland, in Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies
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This project builds on the general observation that current agri-environmental governance (AEG) practices are failing to answer new challenges related to new environmental pressures such as natural resources depletion and global warming (Marsden, 2013). In their studies of Western industrialised countries, agri-food scholars have mainly addressed these issues in two ways: first, they have focused on farmers’ resistance to agri-environmental policies; second, they have examined the difficulties met by alternative models of small-scale sustainable food networks that attempt to transform the dominant unsustainable food regime. My own work has explored each of these issues in turn (Forney, 2010 ; 2012 ; Forney & Haeberli, 2014 ; Forney & Stock, 2014), demonstrating their relevance but also the limitations imposed by a narrow focus on farmers and by a truncated understanding of “alternatives”. Building on this previous work, the current project sets out to incorporate these two issues into a broader analytic framework. More precisely, I identify three dimensions of AEG as potentially opening up new paths towards more sustainable governance practices: reconnection with food production, collective creation and recognition of knowledge, and emerging possibilities for farmer autonomy. These three dimensions will serve for the assessment of a large panel of instruments of AEG, in several national contexts (Switzerland, New Zealand, and the United Kindgoms) as well as a transnational level. The project will follow three Main axes. First, The diversity of instruments will be organised in a typology of multiple “modes of governance” (Olivier de Sardan, 2010), which will focus on the underlying logics and social processes at work, rejecting pre-existing categories such as private or public. Second, the typology will be completed thanks to the ethnography of a range of case studies. Those will detail AEG practices resulting from the implementation of AEG instruments in varying contexts and through different networks. Specific attention will be given to the design of AEG instruments looking at the actors involved and their role, the explicit objectives, the incentives developed to enrol participants, the tools and metrologies used in control and assessment processes, and the relations with other AEG instruments. Furthermore, the focus will be set on the actors’ enrolment and involvement in AEG networks and on the consequences on their daily practices. Third, the case studies will serve to explore the transformative potential of AEG practices, looking at how they alter the assemblage and dynamics of the networks in which they develop. The three dimensions of food, knowledge and autonomy will serve as key analyser of this potential to engage with deeper change towards more sustainable food systems.The added value of this approach lies in the rigorous use of an anthropological perspective that will allow me to cut across established categories of analysis in order to focus ethnographically on governance practices and on the social uses of governance instruments. The research process will produce an encompassing theoretical framework for the analysis of AEG. Those results will not only contribute significantly to the academic research on AEG and agri-food systems sustainability. They will as well provide valuable insights for the development of socially and culturally adjusted AEG instruments, increasing their sustainability and potential for successful realisations.