Applying complex systems theory and transition management to sustainable agriculture: a case study of Mount Wolfe Farm

Repercussions of conventional large-scale agriculture have been seen in the form of environmental damage and biodiversity loss. There are sustainable alternatives; however, due to the current agricultural system there are barriers to scaling them out. By utilizing aspects of transition management, these limitations can be identified and frameworks can be built to address them. This is all done in the hopes of transitioning the conventional agricultural system to one that is sustainable. By working with Mount Wolfe Farm and the Oak Ridge Institute for Applied Sustainability this research will aid in their goal of scaling out alternative sustainable agriculture.

Taylor Ophelders
Faculty Supervisor: 
Daniel McCarthy
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