2023-2024 / ECON2298-3

Transition and new economic models


9h Th, 9h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Kevin Maréchal

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is composed of two introductory sessions as well as of a group work (to be undertaken on a field case study and to be presented in plenary session with all the students registered to the course).

The first introductory session seeks to position the conceptual framework (circularity, agroecology, écosystémique, etc.) within which new forms of economic organisations have been emerging the last few years with an objective of effectively contributing to the ecological and social transition.

The objective of this second session is to link the general issues discussed in session I with a concrete problematic applied to the field of agriculture.

During this second session, this theme will be broken down into very practical considerations with the aim of delimitating specific objects of enquiry to be investigated in concrete case studies. Methodological tools well-suited for this empirical task will also be provided. The team work will be performed in small groups (of 2 or 3 people). The template and outline will also be explicited during this session.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of this course is to equip students to enable them to disentangle the issues related to innovative economic initiatives claiming to contribute to the transition. This will happen through both an advance concecputal discussion and an immersion on the field to analyse a case study illustrative of transition initiatives.
After completing the course (introductory sessions, group work and exam), the student are expected to be able to :

  • Identify and investigate a collective/cooperative farming initiative
  • Undertake a case study based on a qualitative research approach
  • Identify and analyse one or several organisational issues related to transition dynamics and associated economic models
  • Orally defend the outcomes of their work and discuss them in class
  • Propose a consistent and well-structured argumentation on a 'meta' topic such as agroecology ressorting to both the conceptual insights from the first sessions as well as the content of their field work.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The general understanding of this class will greatly be enhanced through attending the lectures in enviromental economics which take place a few weeks ahead.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture : 3h
Course/conference : 3h
Group work

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Interactice lecture and conference
Supported field work

Recommended or required readings

Several bibliographical ressources as well as relevant open-source softwares are provided in the template document specifying the instructions for the group work.

Group work + written exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Kevin MARECHAL Assistant professor in Ecological Economics ULiège - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Unité d'Économie et Développement rural 2, Passage des Déportés 5030 Gembloux Belgium Tél. + 32 (0)81 62 23 63

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