28. October 2015
‘Socio-economic impact of agricultural science: the European story’ – seminar held on 28th October 2015 at Cambridge University
Peter Midmore, IMPRESA coordinator, is presenting a seminar on 28th October at Cambridge University’s Department of Land Economy entitled ‘Socio-economic impact of agricultural science: the European story’. Public support of agricultural science depends on free-rider and market failure arguments, and also the existence of the substantial returns on investment that can be generated. However, in the European context there are barriers to understanding of both the nature and the extent of the socioeconomic and environmental benefits that arise from government-funded agricultural research. Data gaps are an immediate problem, but the issues of organisational change in science and the increasing influence of the corporate sector in determining research agendas also merit investigation. This seminar will provide a perspective of work-in-progress in the IMPRESA project, with discussion of measurement, analysis and interpretation of the public and private good aspects of science-based innovations, and identify specific controversies that remain unsettled.
12. August 2015
IMPRESA is organising a symposium to discuss themes and issues in agricultural research impact evaluation at the International Conference of Agricultural Economics at Milan. The session will take place at 11:00 on Thursday 13th August in room 208, with contributions from the IMPRESA consortium and its scientific advisory committee members. The chair is Julian Alston; Cathérine Moreddu will set the scene by discussing the international context of agricultural innovation; Peter Midmore will describe the results of the review of European agricultural research investment; Davide Viaggi will review issues in quantitative impact evaluation; and Dominique Barjolle will elaborate the projects case-study method using the example of organic rice production in the Camargue region. Link to the conference website.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609448.