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Carla Barlagne

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Rural & Agricultural Economist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Carla Barlagne is a researcher in agricultural and rural economics working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute.

She has a background in agronomy, agricultural economics and behavioural economics. Prior to joining The James Hutton Institute she has received her PhD from The University of the French West Indies and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and carried a one-year postdoc at INRA (Guadeloupe, French West Indies/Paris, France).

Her research investigates the generation, uptake and development of various forms of innovation (technological, organisational or social innovation) within socio-ecological systems.  She focuses on understanding the barriers and enabling factors of innovation. She also explores the link between the management of agrobiodiversity and the resilience of food chains.

Carla uses a system approach to solving research questions and implements a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools such as:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Statistical and econometric analysis: factor analysis, discrete choice modelling
  • Valuation techniques such as choice experiment
  • Experimental economics and laboratory experiments
  • Surveys (face to face, focus groups, internet)
  • Scenario planning

Current research interests

  • SIMRA: H2020 project Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA No: 677622 - SIMRA – RIA, Topic: ISIB-03-2015 - Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation (SI); duration: April 2016-2020) funded by the European Commission (EUR 5 577.203,75 Euros)  and The SIMRA project seeks to fill a knowledge gap in understanding and enhancing SI in marginalised rural areas by advancing the state-of-the-art in SI and connected governance mechanisms in agriculture and forestry sectors and in rural development in general. Carla’s contributes to this project by having scientific coordination activities as well as research activities. Her research question focuses on understanding of the factors and conditions of emergence, uptake and diffusion of social innovation in the forestry and agro-forestry sector.
  • RESAS Research Programme (2016-2021):Scottish Rural Industries response to changes. Work package 2.4.2. : Agricultural restructuring and farm diversification. This project involves qualitative and quantitative analysis of the uptake of innovative and diversification activities at the farm level in response to changes such as the CAP reforms or the Brexit as well as the global engagement of farmers.
  • RESAS Research Programme(2016-2021). Work package 2.3.2. Protecting the genetic diversity of key resources in Scotland. This work involves understanding the links between the management of the agrobiodiversity of potatoes and the resilience of the food chain.

Past research

  • Foresight study on Guadeloupean agriculture up to the horizon 2040:(COREDEF – PRDAR 2009-2013) (Strategic Committee for Research, Training and Development - Regional Program for Agricultural Development and European Regional Development Funded project). Carla has been the project manager of as well as scientific contributor to the study. With a panel of experts and a multidisciplinary team of scientists and consultants, she documented the past tendencies of Guadeloupean agriculture, identified its current driving forces and explored its alternative futures.
  • Fostering innovation in agricultural sectors: developing an integrated approach to quality in the yam sector in Guadeloupe:(AgroEcoTrop-FEDER project: European Regional Development Funded project). In Carla’s PhD project, she explored the conditions for the uptake of innovative sustainable yam products and a better match of the demand and supply sides. Her focus was on understanding and eliciting farmers and intermediaries’ productive and commercial strategies as well as consumers’ expectations and willingness to pay for sustainable characteristics of yams.
  • Agronomic diagnosis of yam production in Guadeloupe: Process of yam yield build-upFEADER-PDR (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - Regional Development Plan) 2007-2013. In this project, Carla conducted on farms trials at a regional level to understand the factors (biophysical and management practices) affecting yam yield.


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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.