Evaluating the role of public-private partnerships in the delivery of ecosystem services in UK agriculture

Daniel Casey

Agricultural production plays a fundamental role in the management of the natural environment in the UK. Food is the primary outcome of agriculture, but so too are many other ‘public goods’ such as clean water and a healthy environment. There are many ways that food production can be encouraged that also look after the environment. One example is public-private partnerships which bring together different stakeholders (government, private companies and individual landowners) to make sure there is a good balance between increasing food production and limiting environmental harm.

The aim of this PhD is to answer the question: what makes a good partnership approach? Who needs to be involved, what are the appropriate roles and responsibilities to make the relationship sustainable and what kind of ecological benefits do these partnerships provide?

This project is part of the Risk, Resilience and Responsibility in Public-Private Partnerships in the Green Economy interdisciplinary scholarship network.


Grantham Scholars from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures’ PhD training programme organised a series of seminars. Excerpts from some of these events are now available to watch on the Grantham Centre YouTube channel. Daniel Casey chaired Clean Power for All at this event.

Sustainable intensification is considered by many to be one the foundations of a sustainable future food system. But what does it mean and how can it be achieved? In this blog post, Dan Casey reflects on the discussion he hosted on this subject at our regular Journal Club. Read: Sustainable Intensification, to be or not to be? That is the question.

Daniel Casey was invited to meet with the International Development Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament. Here, he explains what he learned about the important role researchers can play in policy. Read: Time to network! Meeting the International Development Select Committee.

The idea of ‘open data’ could bring enormous benefits to the development of sustainability policy, and when Daniel Casey visited the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, he found policymakers who were well aware of its potential. In this blog post, Daniel digs into the ideas behind open data and examines the importance of making sure everyone’s voices are heard. Read: The future is bright – the future is ‘open data’?

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Professor Lorraine Maltby

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences