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Participatory research approaches to integrating scientific and farmer knowledge of soil to meet multiple objectives in the English East Midlands

Morris, Carol; Seymour, Susanne; Jones, Stephen; Stoate, Chris; Crotty, Felicity

Authors

Stephen Jones

Chris Stoate

Felicity Crotty



Abstract

Soil management influences food production, economic performance of farm businesses, and a range of public benefits such as water quality, flood control and aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity. The aim of this paper is to explore the role of participatory research in combining scientific and farmer knowledge of soils to meet these multiple objectives. We use five separate research studies involving communication, consultation and co-production, carried out in the English East Midlands between 2014 and 2018. We compare the participatory processes for knowledge exchange and their material outcomes and assess them retrospectively against specified criteria for successful application of participatory research. We conclude that, depending on context and scalar fit, multiple approaches to participatory research can be complementary, strengthen engagement and build trust within a farming community, resulting in a greater shared understanding of how to address the soil management objectives of farmers and wider society.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Journal Soil Use and Management
Print ISSN 0266-0032
Electronic ISSN 1475-2743
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 150-159
APA6 Citation Morris, C., Seymour, S., Jones, S., Stoate, C., & Crotty, F. (2019). Participatory research approaches to integrating scientific and farmer knowledge of soil to meet multiple objectives in the English East Midlands. Soil Use and Management, 35(1), 150-159. https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12488
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12488
Keywords knowledge exchange; participatory research; soil management; soil quality
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/sum.12488
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Stoate, C, Jones, S, Crotty, F, Morris, C, Seymour, S. Participatory research approaches to integrating scientific and farmer knowledge of soil to meet multiple objectives in the English East Midlands. Soil Use Manage. 2019; 35: 150– 159. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12488. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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