Sustainable Farming Research

The objective of this research project was to develop a better understanding of landholder attitudes and values in the on-farm management of native vegetation.  It was carried out for the SA Native Vegetation Council.

Previous studies have used quantitative survey techniques, which I have criticised as providing only a superficial understanding of what landholders think and value. I proposed a qualitative methodology, which focuses on unstructured interviews and participant observation, and draws centrally on active listening.

The pilot project area is the Tatiara District Council in the south-east of South Australia. The results of this fieldwork will then be used as a basis for modelling economic incentives and the development of policy which will be more soundly based in landholder values, attitudes and management priorities. It is intended to widen the scope of this pilot research study to a regional study in subsequent research.

Download the research report:

report-june-2008.pdf

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