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TECHSUS

Technology for Sustainability in Organisations: Case Studies on Agricultural Production

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Project "TECHSUS" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS 

Organization address
address: WOODHOUSE LANE
city: LEEDS
postcode: LS2 9JT
website: www.leeds.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/research/sri/techsus/
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2019-04-30

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1    UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UK (LEEDS) coordinator 195˙454.00

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 Project objective

In the contemporary world, technological solutions to the ecological challenges have received a central role. Due to the robust political commitment to technological progress in environmental policy and related path dependencies, modern societies and organisations are increasingly contingent on technological systematizations. The development and adoption of increasingly advanced technological products and processes are taken for granted, and policies persist largely unquestioned. For instance, in the context of agriculture, the development and implementation of new technology is considered to be central in the future of food production and particularly critical in support of sustainable modes of agricultural production.

Current governmental incentives and management models are to encourage inertia rather than transitions towards sustainable agricultural production. Despite several ecological benefits of less intensive farming methods and the rising consumer demand on sustainable produce, market shares of non-conventionally produced food remain small. The often-higher, short-term productivity of intensive agriculture, as an outcome of greater use of external input factors, such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides, is too attractive to farmers struggling with profitability.

This study hypothesises that in addition to the lack of organisational resources of the farmers (including economic capital, knowledge, and awareness of the ecological challenges) and public policies, a more fundamental barrier to developing sustainable modes of production might prevail, namely technological optimism. With high expectations on future solutions by means of clean technology, agricultural intensification efforts today may continue without interreptions. This study asks: how ecological is the kind of change that technologies are able to deliver?

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, Stewart Clegg, Ashly H. Pinnington, Katerina Nicolopoulou, Jose M. Alcaraz
Managing the Anthropocene: Relational Agency and Power to Respect Planetary Boundaries
published pages: , ISSN: 1086-0266, DOI:
Organization & Environment 2020-01-20
2018 Pasi Heikkurinen
Strategic corporate responsibility: a theory review and synthesis
published pages: 388-414, ISSN: 2041-2568, DOI: 10.1108/jgr-06-2018-0020
Journal of Global Responsibility 9/4 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen
Degrowth: A metamorphosis in being
published pages: , ISSN: 2514-8486, DOI:
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2020-01-20
2019 Karl Johan Bonnedahl, Pasi Heikkurinen
The Case for Strong Sustainability
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Strong Sustainable Societies 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, Toni Ruuska, Kristoffer Wilén, Marko Ulvila
The Anthropocene exit: Reconciling discursive tensions on the new geological epoch
published pages: , ISSN: 0921-8009, DOI:
Ecological Economics 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, Jana Lozanoska, Pierre Tosi
Activities of degrowth and political change
published pages: 555-565, ISSN: 0959-6526, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.119
Journal of Cleaner Production 211 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, Karl Johan Bonnedahl
Dead ends and liveable futures: A framework for sustainable change
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Strongly Sustainable Societies 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, Toni Ruuska, Anna Kuokkanen, Sally Russell
Leaving Productivism behind: Towards a Holistic and Processual Philosophy of Ecological Management
published pages: , ISSN: 1740-3812, DOI: 10.1007/s40926-019-00109-w
Philosophy of Management 2020-01-20
2019 Pasi Heikkurinen, C. William Young, Elizabeth Morgan
Business for sustainable change: Extending eco-efficiency and eco-sufficiency strategies to consumers
published pages: 656-664, ISSN: 0959-6526, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.053
Journal of Cleaner Production 218 2020-01-20

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