[PhD’s Corner] George Aboueldahab: Digital technologies in the agroecological transition: development, contributions and challenges of opensource organizations geared to small farmers

George Aboueldahab is one of the #DigitAg co-funded PhDs

Digital technologies in the agroecological transition: development, contributions and challenges of opensource organizations geared to small farmers

  • Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • University:  MUSE University of Montpellier
  • PhD School: EDEG – Economie Gestion Montpellier
  • Field(s): Management science
  • Doctoral Thesis Advisor: Florence Palpacuer, Université de Montpellier MRM
  • Co-supervisors : Florence Palpacuer, Université de Montpellier MRM et Myriam Kessari,  CIHEAM-IAMM
  • Funding: #DigitAg – Université de Montpellier
  • #DigitAg:  Axis 1 & 2 – Challenges : transversal & 7

Keywords: Open source, agroecological transition, small farmers, alternative organizations, hybrid spaces

Abstract: Recent research on the agroecological transition of food systems underlines the importance of i) the creation and mobilization of new agroecological knowledges, ii) the involvement of actors (farmers, agricultural advisors, …) in the construction and adaptation of such knowledges to the needs of the territories, and iii) a reconnection of agricultural production and local consumption. In such perspective, the thesis proposal focuses on new forms of organization mobilizing to promote the sharing of resources (via opensource initiatives for example), networking, and the re-appropriation of agricultural tools by farmers, in favor of agroecology. The scope of the research will cover opensource organizations operating at various stages of the value chain, from the sharing of tools and techniques fitted for small scale agroecological production upstream the chain, to downstream marketing activities via platforms connecting small producers with consumers. On the basis of a multiple case study method, the thesis aims to analyze the structuring of these alternative organizations, how they mutualize and generate new agroecological capabilities, how they are mobilized by farmers, and how they address the stakes of economic viability and sustainability. Grounded in the field of management sciences, the thesis will draw on related fields such as the economy, sociology and geography of food systems, while receiving support from computing and agronomic sciences so as to better account for the technical specificities and challenges of the initiatives under study.

 

Contact: george.aboueldahab [AT] umontpellier.fr​ – Cell: 06 58 94 28 76

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