The University of Aberdeen researchers in this project are part of the Department of Geography and Environment, which is part of the School of Geosciences. Katrin Prager has participated in several EU-funded research projects in recent years (CONTRACTS2.0, AGRILINK, PROAKIS). Shadi Hashem worked in research in EU-funded projects (MED-LINKS and PLATEFORMS). The main research interests of this team are agri-environmental policy, collaborative management of natural resources, agri-food chains and sustainable systems of production and consumption.
The UNIABDN team leads WP5 ‘Leverage points in the agri-food system’, which brings the systems perspective to the project. The systems perspective is applied at the farm level (organic farming), value chains and a whole food system transition (e.g., increased production and consumption of plant-based protein). The WP also investigates the ‘mental models’ of different actors in the food system and the system properties of all individual case studies in the VISIONARY project.
Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK. It is ranked the 4th best University in Scotland and the 29th in the UK in the QS World university Rankings 2023. The University is ranked 19th in the UK for collaborative research that takes place with partners across the world. The University prides itself to be home of a diverse Community drawn from more than 130 nationalities, with 14,000 students and 3,600 staff.