TASTE consortium
TASTE Consortium
The TASTE project is organized around 9 teams, 3 main steps, 7 work packages and 14 case studies.
The organization is based upon the following model.
9 Teams
The 9 teams belong from 4 countries (Austria, France, Italy and Sweden). These teams and their responsible are all well-known specialists in the field of rural and regional development. They are used to work together: for the WP responsible in the framework of ERSA organization (European regional Science Association), for the French teams under the umbrella of PSDR programs. The teams’ make up as well as the identification of leaders has been organized in order to reach the maximum gender equity.
SADAPT Jonkoping ODR Univ Milano
Univ Graz AGIR Bordeaux Agro UMR Innovation Metafort
Participant Number Participant Name Participant Short Name Country Town Contact Name WP Leading
(Main contractor)
SADAPT France Paris André Torre (M) WP0
2 Jönköping Business School JIBS Sweden Jönköping Hans Westlund (M) WP1
3 ODR, INRA ODR France France Eric Cahuzac (M) WP1
4 University of Milano UNIMI Italy Milano Stefano Corsi (M) WP3
5 Karl-Franzens-University
UNIGR Austria Graz Michael Steiner (M) WP6
6 UMR AGIR, INRA AGIR France Toulouse Danielle Galliano (F) WP2
7 Bordeaux Sciences Agro,
USC Gaïa
GAIA France Bordeaux Maryline Filippi (F) WP3
8 UMR Innovation,
INNOVATION France Montpellier Christophe Soulard (M) WP5
9 UMR Metafort,
METAFORT France Clermont-Ferrand Sylvie Lardon (F) WP5

Partner 1: INRA Versailles – UMR SADAPT (SADAPT)

UMR SADAPT is a public body research organization belonging to INRA and Agroparistech and located in the Greater Paris Region. The lab (approx. 100 persons) is strongly involved in research organization and structures devoted to the study of sustainable and territorial development, and belongs to the LABEX BASC (Biodiversity, Agroecosystems, Society, Climate), dedicated to the study of agriculture technical, socio-economics and environmental dimensions of rural and peri-urban areas.
The primary objects of the studies developed in SADAPT are mixed-use terrestrial landscapes, especially of temperate regions of France and Europe, but also in developing countries. The primary spatial scale for integration of interdisciplinary research is the territory, which is defined as a geographical region that has common social, political, judicial, cultural or ecological characteristics. A major underlying theme is the application of agro ecological concepts and methods to enhance the adaptive capacity and improve the sustainability of agro ecosystems and agricultural landscapes. Three interconnected and interdisciplinary axes of the long-term strategic goals focus on understanding and predicting i) the dynamics of interactions between global change drivers including climate change, land use and land management, pollution, and invasive species and their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Socio Economic Systems, ii) the capacity of organisms, ecosystems and social systems to adapt to global change and iii) the technical and social innovations that are necessary transform SES from unsustainable to sustainable pathways, thereby reducing the exposure to and impacts of global change.
In the last 10 years, the team has developed specific skills on three main topics related to the analysis of development processes in rural and peri-urban areas. Firstly, land use management, occupation and competition, as well as land use conflicts analysis. Then, short supply chains studies and essays about the development of agriculture under urban sprawl pressure. Lastly, studies about territorial and multi-level governance as well as territorial development of rural territories submitted to the influence of urban populations decisions. Managing experience in collective projects is also high, together with skills in partnership research.
Members involved in TASTE
  • André Torre is 1st class Research Director at INRA and Agroparistech, and head of PSDR programs.
  • Fred Wallet is Research engineer at INRA and Agroparistech, and coordinator of PSDR programs.
  • Segolene Darly is Assistant Professor at the Paris VIII University.
  • Jean-Baptiste Traversac is Research engineer at INRA and Agroparistech, An economist, he is a specialist in short supply chains and proximity foods.
  • Romain Melot is Researcher at INRA and Agroparistech.
  • Johan Milian is Assistant Professor at the Paris VIII University.
  • Habib Magsi is doctorate at INRA and Agroparistech.
  • Camille Ollivier is PhD student at INRA and Agroparitech.

Partner 2: Jönköping International Business School (JIBS)

Jönköping International Business School ranks ninth globally and third in Europe in entrepreneurship research and fourth globally and first in Europe in family business research. It encompasses 2,100 students out of which 855 are international, 200 faculty and staff out of which 40% are international, 34 Professors, 71 PhD students, 9 research centers and hosts 350 companies and 200 partner universities, for a total turnover of SEK 192 mil.
Its main activities are devoted to Education and research in: Business Administration, Economics, Commercial Law, Informatics and Statistics, as well as Entrepreneurship and business renewal in a truly international setting. At the moment there are 5 bachelor programs, 3 entirely in English, 9 master programmes, 8 entirely in English, 5 Ph.D. programs, all in English, and 3 summer programs, all in English
For the sake of research activities, there are 9 research centers at JIBS where 34 Professors research about economics, business administration, political science, commercial law, informatics and statistics. To their aid, there are 11 Associate professors,18 Assistant professors, 7 Research fellows and over 70 PhD students.

Members involved in TASTE
  • Team leader: Hans Westlund PhD, professor in entrepreneurship with special focus on rural areas at JIBS, also professor in regional planning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm..
  • Lucia Naldi, Associate Professor in entrepreneurship, strategy, organization and leadership at JIBS.
  • Pia Nilsson, defends her PhD thesis March, 22nd 2013.
  • Sofia Wixe, PhD candidate in economics..

Partner 3 – INRA – ODR

The US-ODR is involved in the evaluation programs of rural development policy impacts since 2007. It produce and disseminate indicators for monitoring agricultural policy at different levels (region, department) and/or from different point of view (water resources management, land issues, etc.) Research program conducted by US-ODR contribute in organizing the collection and the use of regional key baseline data and evaluation results of Rural Development Programmes and other statistical and economic information in a systematic, clear and concise way. ODR is involved in researches that tend to explain the causal relationships between regional characteristics and needs, on the one hand, and the Rural Development Programmes implementation and success in their spatial dimension, on the other. ODR develop and apply spatial econometric modelling approaches in that sense.
ODR is also involved in researches that combine, in rural areas, approaches conducted at different spatial and temporal scales on varied ecosystem processes that are sources of services, and managed by many players and with different objectives. Modeling dynamic spatial complex systems is an important place in these processes conducted in close partnership with relevant stakeholders in a process of co-construction of agroecological innovations and engineering. In particular, ODR conduct with local partners, studies on phytosanitary pressure around feeding water catchment attributed to agriculture.
Members involved in TASTE
  • Dr. Eric Cahuzac is a research analyst in agricultural economics and econometrics, and the head of INRA US-ODR unit.
  • Elise Maigné is an engineer study in statistics and econometrics.
  • Dr. Gilles Allaire is a Senior Researcher specialist in policy analysis of rural development.

Partner 4: University of Milano

The Department of Economics, Management, Quantitative Methods of the University of Milan is an academic research institution focused on applied economic and policy.
In particular the activities of the section of agricultural economics are diversified in the following main research area: agricultural economics (farm management, agricultural production and marketing; economics of organic farming), agro-food economics (economics of farm inputs, supply chain management); agricultural and food policy (EU agricultural and rural policies; political economy of protection; rural development); agro-environmental economics (natural resources, externalities, multifunctional agriculture). The Department has been part of several international research projects dealing with different issues; these projects have been financed by the EU (FAIR; FP6; FP7), World Bank, and FAO.
The University of Milan (UMIL) is a public, multidisciplinary teaching and research institution that offers 9 Faculties, 137 study courses (divided between 1st and 2nd level degree programmes), 20 Doctoral Schools and 74 Specialisation Schools. It counts 2,500 professors that represent the highest concentration of scientific expertise in the region. The research of the University of Milan is ranked among the best in Italy and Europe.
Members involved in TASTE
  • Stefano Corsi is researcher within the Department of Economics, Management, Quantitative Methods of the University of Milan.
  • Guido Sali is Associate Professor in Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Politics.
  • Chiara Mazzocchi is a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Milan.
  • Federica Monaco is a PhD student of the University of Milan, and has previously been a researcher within the department.

Partner 5: University of Graz (UNIGR)

The Department of Economics of the University of Graz comprises 20 researchers in different fields of economics. It has a long tradition in general economic policy and specializes also in regional economics and applied economic analysis. It also works extensively in the field of climate change and environmental economics. Its researchers work as experts and advisers to regional, national and international governments and institutions (European Commission, OECD, World Bank, Kyoto Protocol, European Council).
It was involved in several research projects in different FP phases: Rural areas, People and Innovative Development (RAPIDO),FP 6 (2007-2009); International Knowledge and Innovation Networks for European Integration (IKINET), FP 6 52004-2007); Study on the potential needs of new member states of the EU 2004-2006); Modernization of Traditional Industries in Countries of Transition, INCO-Copernicus-Programme (1999-2001); Developing Learning Organisation Models for SME-Clusters (DELOS), TSER-Programme, FP 4 (1996-1998).
It skills comprise empirical expertise such as data analysis and creation, input-output-analysis, social network analysis and housing indicators; it also is known for its experience in qualitative forms of analysis such as evaluation of programs, policy consultancy and developing strategic concepts.
Members involved in TASTE
  • Michael Steiner, DDr., Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Graz
  • He will be helped in the TASTE project work by one PHD student and by a master student

Partner 6: INRA Toulouse – UMR AGIR (AGIR)

Teams IODA (Innovations, Organisations et Dynamiques agro-industrielles) and MEDIATIONS
Ioda and Médiations are two teams of social sciences in the multidisciplinary UMR (social sciences and biotechnical sciences) AGIR, which includes 65 permanent members and 31 non permanent members. The UMR and the two Social sciences teams have received Aeres A rating (2001 to 2014 A grading).
The scientific objective of the team IODA (economics) is to describe, analyse and model the innovation dynamics of actors in the food industry and their interaction with network and territorial dynamics. The research mobilizes the conceptual frameworks of the knowledge economy and organizational economics in its approach to knowledge creation and dissemination methods within and between organizations as sources of competitiveness and regional development. In a context of increasing pressure from markets, the challenge is to improve understanding of how agro-industrial actors are organized to meet the objectives of sustainable development and offer new products incorporating environmental and health constraints.

The main research questions concern the determining structural and spatial innovation factors affecting the organisation as an individual stakeholder and the new modes of individual and collective coordination within the sectors underpinning the innovation strategies of the organizations and mobilizing a set of proximities (spatial, organizational, institutional and cognitive), in order to innovate. The originality of our approach is linked to its joint consideration of the organizational and spatial dimensions of innovation processes. The research methodology is based on a significant mobilization of databases from surveys of official statistics and field surveys produced by the team. The team is notably involved in the analyse of local mechanisms of business local development in the PSDR Project COMPTER – Competitiveness of Territories (the case of the Midi Pyrenean Region, leader Pierre Triboulet) and in the analysis of sources of innovation in rural industrial firms.
Concerning Médiations (management and géographie), the objective of is to produce knowledge about the processes, mechanisms and tools of mediation between farmers, local actors, agents and institutions that accompany development (development agencies, local authorities, institutions training, unions, cooperatives ,...). The aim is to develop researches on the sustainability of farming activities. The geographers of the unit focus on the contemporaneous forms of place-based farming and the convergences and contradictions between sectoral and place-based policies. Their main topic is periurban agriculture and the relationships between urban and farming areas. In this field, they have been studying the transformation of the role of traditional actors of farming in France, as the Chamber of Agriculture, the representations of farm lands in the urban planning process and the relationships of farmers with their new urban context of work. Isabelle Duvernoy (INRA, UMR Agir) was the leader of the PSDR Midi-Pyrénées project (2007-2011) A GOUTER on the relationships between farming and territorial development in periurban and mountainous areas. Sylvie Paradis was a member of the PSDR Midi-Pyrénées project (2007-2011) PROUESSES for a prospective on commodity crops cultivation at regional levels.

The two teams are involved in various project as the Labex SMS, the IA SUNRISE project, or different PSDR projects. IODA also contributes to the European Monitoring Centre for localized EuroLIO innovation data.
Members involved in TASTE
  • Isabelle Duvernoy, geographer, ph D from the Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, is researcher in INRA AGIR.
  • Mhand Fares is researcher in Economics in UMR AGIR and animator of IODA team.
  • Danielle Galliano is Director of Research in Economics and Deputy director of the UMR 1248 AGIR.
  • Yael Kouzmine, ph D in geography and research engineer at the UMR AGIR,.
  • Marie-Benoît Magrini, PhD in economics, is researcher engineer and is involved in different projects (PSDR COMPTER and Labex SMS) and various subjects linking innovation process and territories, notably: quality signaling choice by cooperatives, agricultural innovations in supply chain, change in farm size.
  • Sylvie Paradis, ph D in geography, is professor at Ecole d’Ingénieur de Purpan, and researcher in UMR AGIR.
  • Gaël Plumecocq, PhD in Economics, is fellow researcher at the INRA.
  • Pierre Triboulet is Research Engineer in Economics and Information Systems in UMR AGIR.

Partner 7: Bordeaux Sciences Agro – USC Gaïa (GAIA)

USC GAIA ("Agricultural Cooperative Governance, Territorial Developement, Sustainable Environment and Markets") is a research unit under contract between the INRA Division SAD and Bordeaux Science Agro, the school of engineers in agriculture and development science of Aquitaine. It is composed with teachers-researchers and PhD students in management and economics. The mission of the unit is to support the research on agricultural and agrofood cooperatives by producing knowledge on the governance, innovation and development processes in agricultural, agrofood chains and rural developement. The originality of the team is based in particular on the understanding of cooperatives in economics and management that allows comparison between cooperative and non-cooperative entreprises in the economic, governance and corporate control, performance environmental. The research approaches vary combining analysis of processes and support to actors studied as processes of territorial innovation. Methods of analysis are those of the statistical analysis, econometric modeling and evolutionary but also the mobilization of qualitative analysis from the perspective of international confrontation. The main findings illuminate the processes of structuring cooperative groups within food chains and within the territorial development process.


Members involved in TASTE
  • Maryline Filippi, Professor of economics University of Bordeaux, member of USC GAIA INRA,
  • Olivier Frey, PhD in Economics, associate researcher,


UMR Innovation (Innovation and Development in Agriculture and the agrifood sector) is a joint research unit between INRA, CIRAD and Montpellier Supagro (school of engineers in agriculture and development science). It is located in Montpellier (southern of France) which is one of the biggest international centers for agricultural and development research in Europ. Th unit is member of the Agropolis Fundation which support and promote high-level research and higher education in agricultural sciences, with a focus on sustainability in temperate, tropical and Mediterranean regions.. Directed by Christophe Soulard, member of the RUGSER project, it is composed of eighty five researchers, lecturers and PhD students who are sociologists, geographers, economics and agronomists. The mission of the unit is to support the decisions made by public and private actors by producing knowledge on the innovation and development processes in agricultural, food and rural systems. The research deals with the emergence of innovations and their effects in different development contexts. It emphasizes in situ analyses that combine different approaches : comprehensive analysis, diagnostic, modelling and the design of tools aiming at supporting actors involved in innovation processes. The research approaches vary from observation to research action, combining analysis of processes and support to actors. Umr innovation carries out research on : i) farming systems in order to evaluate, understand and accompany the innovation processes ; ii) local food systems, specifying the relationships developed between production, market exchanges and food consumption ; iii) agricultural-urban systems and projects, studied as processes of territorial innovation.


Members involved in TASTE
  • Christophe Soulard, Dr. in geography, is research engineer at INRA.
  • Elodie Valette, Dr. in geography, is researcher at Cirad.
  • Coline Perrin, Dr. in geography, is researcher at INRA.
  • Marie Ollagnon, post-graduate in geography,.
  • Françoise Jarrige, Dr. in economics, is lecturer at Montpellier Supagro.


UMR Métafort (Evolutions of land-use, activities and organisation forms in rural and peri-urban territories, https://metafort.cemagref.fr/) is a joint research unit between two agriculture research institutes (INRA and Irstea) and two schools of engineers in agriculture and development science (AgroParisTech and VetAgroSup). It is located in Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergne, Massif central) and it contributes to the IADT (Institut d’Auvergne du développement des territoires, http://www.iadt.fr) with a focus on sustainable management and development of territories. Directed by Dominque Vollet, it is composed of more than seventy researchers, lecturers and PhD students who are agronomists, geographers, economists, management and political scientists. The mission of the unit is to design concepts and tools to understand territorial transformations and to accompany actors of changing processes. The three main thematics are the adaptation of livestock farms and landscapes, the factors and mecanisms of land use and activities changes, the transformation of social and spatial configurations. Specific approaches based on participatory methods and partnerships are tested in research-education-action platforms such as those developed in initial and long life training at AgroParisTech (http://www.agroparistech.fr/Centre-de-Clermont-Ferrand,735.html). Territorial engineering and governance are at stakes for territorial development. That renews competences and skills of resarchers and teachers to support decision-making and organisation of actorsand to produce scientific and action knowledge.
Members involved in TASTE
  • Sylvie Lardon, Research director at INRA-SAD and associated professor at AgroParisTech-ENGREF,.
  • Salma Loudiyi, PhD in geography is lecturer at VetAgro Sup,
  • Laurent Trognon, Dr in management science, is research engineer at AgroParisTech-ENGREF.
  • François Johany, master in geography is engineer at INRA-SAD.

TASTE is supported by the European Commission
and funding bodies in 4 countries
in the framework of FP7
European Commission FP7 Ruragri
Keywords Smart rural development - Land use and management - Innovative agriculture and business - Territorial governance
- Entrepreneurship - Rural Urban relationship

Scientific Coordinator : André TORRE (INRA) - torre@agroparistech.fr
Project Manager : Frederic WALLET (INRA) - wallet@agroparistech.fr