The 12th IFSA Symposium 2016
Social and technological transformation of farming systems: diverging and converging pathways
We kindly invite you to the symposium at Harper Adams University, UK on 12-15 July 201
Understanding farming as systems acknowledges interconnections and dependencies
among its many human and non-human dimensions. As changes in farming systems take
place all the time, at levels ranging from individual to farm level, to the environments of
farming and from local to global, understanding the nature of these interconnections and
dependencies can be challenging. IFSA’s 2016 symposium will focus on particular kinds of
change – social and technological transformation – and consider not only what is changing
in terms of these dimensions and their contexts, but how they relate to each other and how
purposeful social and technological transformation of farming systems in different parts of the
world are realized and how they could be brought about in the future.
For this Symposium, we welcome a diversity of perspectives on farming systems and different narratives of pathways. We would particularly like to attract researchers and practitioners from both natural and social science backgrounds who are new to systems thinking and who may be able to contribute constructively to lively debates on how we can design and deliver more sustainable farming and livelihood systems for the future.