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ELLS Summer Course 2017

Enrol in Lincoln University’s ELLS 2017 Agri-Environmental course.

Learn how today's farmers safeguard the environment for future generations - 17 - 29 August 2017 (20 credits or 10 ECTS). Available for New Zealand students as Semester Two 2017 Special Topic LASC 604 Agri-Environmental Landscape Management.

Course information


Graduates will develop critical understanding of conceptual frameworks and implementation pathways to better integrate environmental governance and on-farm environmental practices within agricultural landscapes.

Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge: Multi-disciplinary dimensions of agri-environmental systems and their sustainable management at farm and landscape levels
  • Skills: Critical evaluation of current policy frameworks, organizational relationships and practical measures aimed at sustainable agri-environmental management of agricultural landscapes. Investigation of innovative pathways to enhance sustainable agri-environmental performance at a farm and landscape scale
  • Values: Recognition of the multiple values of agri-environmental systems as they are expressed in contemporary landscape management practices

Teaching-resource link:

  • Alison Bailey is professor of farm management specialising in farm systems
  • Nick Dickinson is professor of ecology specialising in biological conservation
  • Simon Swaffield professor of landscape architecture specialising in landscape governance
  • Wendy McWilliam is lecturer in landscape architecture specialising in green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes

Course structure:

The course includes the following components:
  1. Background reading and preparation of an individual project
  2. Presentations of projects by students and introduction to the case study
  3. Field tour
  4. Lectures and seminars
  5. Case study workshops
  6. Presentations of group projects and course conclusion

Readings and other resources:

A range of material will be available on the course Moodle website.  It is expected that students will be guided by the reading list on the website but will read and explore much more widely drawing upon previous studies and material relevant to their home country.


Monday 10 July – Wednesday 16 August

Preparatory reading and e-seminar

Individual study using online course resources-

Students will research and prepare Project One- a 5 minute video of an agri-environmental issue in their home country and the comparative insights it can contribute.

5.00pm, Wednesday 16 August

Convene at Lincoln University. Informal welcome Mrs O's

9.00am, Thursday 17 August

Student presentations of Project One

Field tour introduction

1.00pm, Thursday 18 August - 5pm. Monday 21 August

Field tour Mt Grand Otago

Students will be exposed to and raise questions and discuss a range of agri environmental issues in an applied context: during this time students will be working in groups

Tuesday 22 August - Friday 25 August

Case Study project: Students will be in class and working as groups with a mix of lectures and workshops on a project to address current and future needs for agri-environmental management.

Saturday 26 August –Sunday 27 August

Individual and Group preparation of reports and presentations


Monday 28 August

Presentations - Each group will present their findings followed by a formal project submission, debrief and course evaluation, and course closure

9.00am, Tuesday 29 August

International students depart


Lecture topics will include:

  • Theoretical foundations for agri-environmental management
  • Comparative institutional arrangements including property rights
  • New Zealand experience and current developments
  • Innovative approaches to agri-environmental management in production landscapes.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form and send it back to Shona Mardle - along with the following supporting documents:

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Academic transcript
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, A4) – ensure this clearly states the stage of your education, eg 1st year of PhD, final year master's, half-way through PhD etc.
  • A letter of motivation (max. 1 page) describing your motivation and goals for taking part in the summer school and outlining your background experience and knowledge of agri-environmental landscape management.

Applications close on Sunday 30 April 2017

There are limited places available, with some travel scholarships available.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Shona Mardle

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