Combining values and volume in organic food chains – can it be done?

PhD defence, Monday 15 of May 2017. Klaus Brønd Laursen

2017.05.15 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Klaus Brønd Laursen

During his studies, Klaus Brønd Laursen studied how Value-Based-Food-Chains manages to maintain their values during periods of growth. The dissertation explores the question: how do value-based-food-chains maintain a coherence strong enough to secure the mediation of non-economic values central to their internal constitution when they experience periods of growth? The overall argument is that combining values and volumes are more likely to succeed when the involved businesses are capable of engaging in a hybridised media of moral and economic communication. Finally, it is argued that the idea of a bifurcation between consumers and production rely on a discursive construction that is neither beneficial to the consumers nor to the production side.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Monday 15 May 2017 at 10.00
Auditorium, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Aarhus University Foulum
Title of dissertation:
Coming together – organic food in a systemic perspective
Contact information:
Klaus Brønd Laursen,, tel: +45 20855551
Members of the assessment committee:

Associate Professor Holger Højlund, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Associate Professor Ika Darnhofer, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Associate Professor Lars Elsgaard, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor:
Professor Egon Noe, Danish Centre for Rural Research, University of Southern Denmark
Associate Professor  Gorm Harste, Political Science, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

PhD defence
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