Most research in land system science focuses on farmers as key actors driving agricultural change. However, farmers are in reality embedded in multi-actor networks and we lack understanding of the nature and diversity of these networks. The authors of a new paper in Global Environmental Change conducted a meta-study to synthesize knowledge on agri-food networks in Europe. The resulting archetypical network configurations reveal the most common actors and interactions, and suggest a need for future research in land system science to better understand the drivers and impacts of agri-food network (re)configurations.
A new article in Journal of Land Use Science provides approaches for facilitating researchers to get an enhanced understanding of multi-scale land change processes, as well as supporting land governance in scaling up the knowledge and solutions generated by LSS research.