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Adam Calo

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Postdoctoral Researcher
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Adam is a researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group. He is a scholar of food systems interested in the forces that shape agricultural landscapes, most notably the constraints placed on farming constituencies. Adam is currently a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Fellow as part of the Landscape Decisions Programme. His fellowship project is titled : The role of property, ownership & land tenure on landscape decision making, the case of Scotland’s ‘low carbon farming’ policies. For his dissertation work at UC Berkeley, Adam focused on understanding the character of government and non-profit efforts to "create new farmers" amidst a global trend of ageing rural communities. He is interested in how new entrants navigate a variety of access barriers like capital, land, and compliance with agricultural regulations. In particular, Adam seeks to understand how new entrant farmers are (un)able to hurdle the land access barrier as regimes of private property and ballooning land costs make small scale agriculture an increasingly trying land use category.

Current research interests

Landscape Decisions ProgrammeThe role of property, ownership & land tenure on landscape decision making

NEWBIE - New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture (2018-2021)

EPIC: The Scottish Government's Centre for Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks. ST2.4.1 Understanding attitudes to biosecurity: Exploring the challenges of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) detection and response. This work will explore how cattle farmers in the Scotland are experiencing the scheme to eradicate BVD. Work will feed into the next phase of the BVD eradication scheme. Research is carried out through qualitative interviews and audio visual ethnographic methods.

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  • Barlagne, C.; Calo, A.; Holstead, K.; Hopkins, J.; Sutherland, L-A.; Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Barnes, A.; McMillan, J.; Spencer, M.; Thomson, S.; Toma, L. (2020) Farm Intentions Survey: Outputs and ongoing research from our work on rural industries., Key Rural Industries - WP2.4, End of Year Workshop, Saughton House, Edinburgh, 12 March 2020. (Poster and discussions with Scottish Government stakeholders).

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.