Work Packages

CREPE (Co-operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe) is made up of the following work packages:

WP1: Agrofuel production in Europe and the global South

EU policy has recently promoted the expansion of agrofuel crops, especially for energy export from the global South to Europe. The policy rests upon optimistic assumptions about the social and environmental implications. This study will identify such assumptions and compare them to practices through case studies.

Lead partner: Transnational Institute (NL),
Contact: Jenny Franco

WP2: CSO participation in community-supported agriculture (CSA)

Participation by civil society organisations (CSOs) in agri-environmental issues can be more effective within initiatives developing production alternatives which have a low environmental impact, societal needs as a driver and a sustainable development vision. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) exemplfies new sustainable agro-environmental approaches to urban areas, by defining a synergy between community basic needs, environmental protection and alternative economic practice.

Lead partner: Fondazione dei Diritti Genetici (IT),
Contact: Brunella Pinto <pinto AT>

WP3: Water scarcity and its virtual export from Spain to the UK

The export of water from Spain through agri-food products aggravates water scarcity. This is one example of a wider problem. Focusing on trade between southern Spain and the UK, this study will inform efforts by CSOs, businesses, government and the EU to mitigate water scarcity.

Lead partner: Food Ethics Council (UK),
Contact: Tom MacMillan and Esther Velazquez Alonso

WP4: Local agri-food networks and their environmental effects in Brittany

This study will identify and explain the main environment effects when farmers join a local agri-food network. It will also analyse how government policies facilitate or impede environmental improvements through such networks. Brittany provides a good case study for a general European problem of how alternatives can counter environmental damage from industrial agriculture.

Lead partner: Federation Regionale des Centres d’Initiatives pour Valoriser l’Agriculture (FR),
Contact: Gilles Maréchal

WP5: CSOs’ interventions into agri-environmental issues

This study will identify diverse experiences of CSOs’ interventions into research, the key opportunities found and the difficulties encountered, as a basis to inform future efforts. Major case studies will be done on agri-environmental cases in the Netherlands, where CSOs have been notably involved in research over the last two decades.

Lead partner: University of Twente (NL),
Contact: Willem Halffman <w.halffman AT>

WP6: European Research Area (ERA): agri-environmental research priorities

The European Research Area (ERA) sets research priorities, informed by a vision for Europe as a ‘knowledge-based society’. In practice, some forms of knowledge are emphasised, while others are marginalised. This study will analyse how the ERA favours some research priorities for agri-environmental issues.

Lead partner: Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (FR),
Contact: Eric Gall

WP7: Innovation narratives in EU-funded research

In recent decades, research priorities have been promoted through key narratives linking technoscientific advance, innovation and societal progress. EU policy has promoted visions of a ‘Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy’, especially for the agriculture sector. This study will analyse how such narratives inform EU research priorities.

Lead partner: Open University (UK),
Contact: Les Levidow

WP8: Co-operative research processes in this project

This study will evaluate the cooperative, collaborative research practices involved in the overall CRÊPE project. The study will facilitate self-reflection by partners on methods used in co-building knowledge, especially the relations between researchers and non-researchers. From the diverse cases in this project, the study will draw lessons for future efforts at co-operative research.

Lead partner: Open University (UK),
Contact: Sue Oreszczyn