The Socio-ecological Systems team provides an understanding of the context in which people live, learn, make decisions and act. By doing so it identifies the drivers of human actions to develop alternative strategies and practices to improve outcomes for pastoral agriculture.
Agriculture is a human activity and without farmers agricultural production would not exist. However, farmers do not work in a vacuum and are connected to the world around them in a huge variety of different ways. Of particular interest to the team is farmer decision-making processes in the context of their social, economic and bio-physical environments; how they learn about and respond to new technologies and systems; how they manage social wellbeing on farms; and the construction and implementation of innovation systems that encourage the use of new knowledge.
The team is based at Ruakura, Grasslands, Lincoln and Invermay.