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Research projects

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Floor Groefsema

Title of the project: The development of family farming in regional and comparative perspective 1950-2010

Research period: 2015-2019

Floor's research focuses on the development of the family farm in a context of increased competition in the post-war period. Essential to the understanding particular type of farm organization and its pivotal role in post-war agricultural development is the intertwined relation of household and business. Traditionally, the family farm has been the cornerstone of the agricultural production system in Northwest Europe, but its adaptability to this increased competition and intensification of agriculture has been widely questioned. Indeed, the number of family farms decreased significantly over the past decades, but this farm type remained the dominant form of farm organization in the European Union. To illuminate important drivers behind family farm resilience, this project focuses on the interplay between business and family at the farm level. Accordingly, this project complies with the assumption that farming families are able to pursue their own strategies but simultaneously acknowledges that their room for manoeuvre is affected by institutional or societal developments.

A mixed-methods approach is chosen to address this unique interplay between business and family aspects at the farm level. In order to highlight how these aspects played a role in the continuity of the family farm, this project zooms into a critical phase in the family farm life cycle: succession. During the succession phase, the farm is gradually handed over to the next generation, which involves a wide range of considerations and interests that need to be negotiated within the family. Analysis of this process is driven by the question: how do farming families manage to pass their farm onto next generation in a rapidly changing agricultural context? In this respect, in-depth interviews serve as an important means to cast light on individual experiences. To contextualize these experiences, these interviews are interpreted in a comparative analytical framework that takes into account the institutional and regional level. The comparative framework consists of the Swedish region Uppsala län and the Dutch region Achterhoek.

Bart Hoogeboom

Title of the project: Reviving the region: Bottom-up development in European rural areas, 1975-2020.

Research period: 2015-2019

Ronald Plantinga

Title of the project: Knowledge-driven innovation in the Dutch-Frisian Dairy cluster, 1950-2010.

Research period: 2017-2020

Publicated projects

Boerenbestaan tussen markt en maatschappij 1880-2000

De opkomst en ontwikkeling van de niet-grondgebonden landbouw in de Nederlandse zandgebieden

LTO-Nederland 1995-2005

Kasteel Groeneveld. Nationaal Centrum voor bos, natuur en landschap 1982-2007

Beheer van landgoederen in de Achterhoek in de negentiende en twintigste eeuw

Streekverbetering. Een vroege vorm van plattelandsvernieuwing

Belvedere en de geschiedenis van de groene ruimte

Geschiedenis en landschappelijke gevolgen van ruilverkaveling en landinrichting in Nederland

Het landbouwschap.'Zelfgedragen verantwoordelijkheid' in de land- en tuinbouw 1945-2001

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