Identifying Transition Capacity for Agri-food Regimes: Application of the Multi-level Perspective for Strategic Mapping
Morrissey, J. E; Mirosa, M.; Abbott, M.
In this paper, agri-food systems are discussed in the context of a set of socio-technical transitions principles, with a focus on energy, materials and practice elements that have the potential to promote sustainable outcomes across the system. This paper aims to develop an integrated approach for regime analysis, informed by emerging knowledge on socio-technical transitions. The application of the multi-level perspective (MLP) as a heuristic framework to structure descriptions of the multi-dimensional transition contexts of contemporary agri-food regimes is explored. To do this, the paper aims to elaborate the MLP by proposing an integrated means through which complex transition dynamics can be mapped across: (a) energy and material flows and (b) social practices which shape, direct and determine these energy and material flows. This approach is labelled strategic regime mapping (SRM). The paper forwards insights from the development of SRM and discusses the role of strategic mapping of key points across the regime. By combining insight on the conceptualization of dynamic and globally interconnected socio-technical systems with specific observations on contemporary agri-food systems, the paper provides insight into the mapping of transition capacity across agri-food systems, as well as highlighting the significant challenges associated with such an undertaking.
Published in: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, volume 16, issue 2
Rights Statement: https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2013.845521
Keywords: Agri-food systems; socio-technical; sustainable; transitions; multi-level perspective; policy
Research Type: Journal Article