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Co-operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CRÊPE)
Start date: May 1, 2008, End date: Nov 30, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Overall aim: The CRÊPE project will empower and resource civil society organisations (CSOs) to participate in co-operative research on agri-environmental issues, as a means to achieve these subsidiary aims: 1. Capabilities: To strengthen CSOs’ capacity to participate in research, while engaging with diverse perspectives and expertise, thus facilitating co-operation between researchers and non-researchers. 2. Co-operative research methods: To design, implement, evaluate retrospectively and thus test the methods used for co-operative research in this project, as a basis to inform future efforts. 3. Agri-environmental issues: To analyse diverse accounts of ‘the environment’ in relation to agricultural methods, technologies, innovations and alternatives. 4. Priority-setting: To relate research more closely to societal needs, as a means to inform policy debate and research priorities for Europe as a ‘Knowledge-Based Society’. 5. Solutions: To suggest alternative solutions related to different understandings of societal problems, agri-environmental issues and sustainable development. A CSO partner will lead the study of a specific topic, as follows: WP1: Agrofuel production in Europe and the global South WP2: CSO participation in agbiotech issues WP3: Water scarcity and its virtual export from Spain to the UK WP4: Local agri-food networks and their environmental effects Other partners will lead studies of generic agri-environmental issues: WP5: CSOs’ interventions into agri-environmental research WP6: European Research Area (ERA): agri-environmental priorities WP7: Innovation narratives in EU-funded research WP8: Co-operative research processes in this project A draft Executive Summary will be presented at an EU-level workshop. The project website will be used for several purposes: participants’ networking, dissemination of results, and public comment.
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