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Academic & Professional Books  Ecology  Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology

Agricultural Resilience Perspectives from Ecology and Economics

By: Sarah Gardner(Editor), Stephen Ramsden(Editor), Rosie Hails(Editor)
397 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 8 b/w photos, 27 b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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Agriculture as a social-ecological system embraces many disciplines. Agricultural Resilience breaks through the silos of individual disciplines to bring ecologists and economists together to consider agriculture through the lens of resilience. It explores the economic, environmental and social uncertainties that influence the behaviour of agricultural producers and their subsequent farming approach, highlighting the importance of adaptability, innovation and capital reserves in enabling agriculture to persist under climate change and market volatility. The resilience concept and its relation to complexity theory is explained and the characteristics that foster resilience in agricultural systems, including the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services, are explored. Agricultural Resilience discusses modelling tools, metrics and approaches for assessing agricultural resilience, highlighting areas where interdisciplinary thinking can enhance the development of resilience. It is suitable for those researching sustainable agriculture or those engaged in agricultural policy decisions and analysis, as well as students of ecology, agriculture and socioeconomics.


1. Introducing Resilience / Sarah Gardner and Stephen Ramsden

Part I. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Resilience in Agricultural Systems:
2. Complexity and Resilience in Agriculture / Sarah Gardner
3. Biodiversity and Agriculture / David Tilman
4. Determining the Value of Ecosystem Services in Agriculture / Rosemary Hails, Rebecca Chaplin–Kramer, Elena Bennett, Brian Robinson, Gretchen Daily, Kate Brauman and Paul West
5. Resilience in Agricultural Systems / Stephen Ramsden and James Gibbons
6. Building Resilience into Agricultural Pollination using Wild Pollinators / Neal Williams, Rufus Isaacs, Eric Lonsdorf, Rachel Winfree and Taylor Ricketts
7. Conflicts and Challenges to Enhancing the Resilience of Small-Scale Farmers in Developing Economies / Richard Ewbank
8. Modern Biotechnology and Sustainable Intensification: Chances and Limitations / Rolf Meyer
9. Pastoralism, Conservation and Resilience: Causes and Consequences of Pastoralist Household Decision-Making / Katherine Homewood, Marcus Rowcliffe, Jan De Leeuw, Mohamed Y. Said and Aidan Keane

Part II. Integrating Biodiversity and Building Resilience into Agricultural Systems:
10. Delivering Sustainability in Agriculture: Some Implications for Analysis / Ian Hodge
11. The Resilience of Agricultural Landscapes Characterised by Land Sparing Versus Land Sharing / Dave Abson, Kate Sherren and Joern Fischer
12. Ecological-Economic Modelling for Designing Cost-Effective Incentives to Conserve Farmland Biodiversity / Martin Drechsler and Frank Wätzold
13. Viability Analysis as an Approach for Assessing the Resilience of Agroecosystems / Sophie Martin
14. Integrating Economics and Resilience Thinking: The Context of Natural Resource Management in Australia / Michael Harris, Graham Marshall and David Pannell
15. Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into European Agricultural Policy: A Challenge for the Common Agricultural Policy / Allan Buckwell
16. Ecosystem-Service Based Metrics of Sustainability as Tools for Promoting Conservation and Food Security / Jonathan R. B. Fisher and Peter Kareiva
17. Conclusions on Agricultural Resilience / Sarah Gardner, Stephen Ramsden and Rosemary Hails

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Sarah Gardner works at the interface of ecology and environmental economics. She has worked with agricultural policymakers, land managers and farmers for over 20 years as adviser, researcher and lecturer. Her current work at GardnerLoboAssociates involves the design of data management systems for the livestock sector.

Stephen Ramsden is Associate Professor in Farm Business Management at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has taught Agriculture for 25 years and worked on a wide range of research, with a central focus on farmers as decision makers.

Rosemary Hails is Director of Nature & Science at The National Trust, UK, and formerly Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She leads the co-ordination of the Valuing Nature Programme (funded across the UK Research Councils), is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Board.

- Sarah Gardner
- Stephen Ramsden
- David Tilman
- Rosemary Hails
- Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer
- Elena Bennett
- Brian Robinson
- Gretchen Daily
- Kate Brauman
- Paul West
- James Gibbons
- Neal Williams
- Rufus Isaacs
- Eric Lonsdorf
- Rachel Winfree
- Taylor Ricketts
- Richard Ewbank
- Rolf Meyer
- Katherine Homewood
- Marcus Rowcliffe
- Jan De Leeuw
- Mohamed Y. Said
- Aidan Keane
- Ian Hodge
- Dave Abson
- Kate Sherren
- Joern Fischer
- Martin Drechsler
- Frank Wätzold
- Sophie Martin
- Michael Harris
- Graham Marshall
- David Pannell
- Allan Buckwell
- Jonathan R. B. Fisher
- Peter Kareiva

By: Sarah Gardner(Editor), Stephen Ramsden(Editor), Rosie Hails(Editor)
397 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 8 b/w photos, 27 b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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"[...] The 36 contributors from various institutions have produced a valuable text that is a vital reminder of the multifaceted nature of agriculture at a time when a warming world is changing rapidly and the global population is increasing. [...]"
– A.M. Mannion, The Biologist 66(5) October/November 2019

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