Agri-Environmental management in food production landscapes

20 - 31 August, 2018, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Deadline for application: April 30 or until all places are filled


Alternative high country sheep farming futures for Mount Grand will be investigated. Mount Grand is a 1600 ha sheep station located in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and culturally important landscapes, the High Country in Central Otago. Students will investigate and reconcile the major scientific, agronomic and cultural challenges in establishing and implementing effective management regimes that fully integrate agronomic practices with environmental protection, biodiversity and landscape values.

Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge: Multi-disciplinary dimensions of agri-environmental systems and their sustainable management at farm and landscape levels
  • Skills: Critical evaluation of current policy frameworks, organizational relationships and practical measures aimed at sustainable agri-environmental management of agricultural landscapes. Investigation of innovative pathways to enhance sustainable agri-environmental performance at a farm and landscape scale
  • Values: Recognition of the multiple values of agri-environmental systems as they are expressed in contemporary landscape management practices
Course contents

The course includes the following components:

  • Background reading and preparation of an individual project
  • Presentations of projects by students and introduction to the case study
  • Field tour
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Case study workshops
  • Presentations of group projects and course conclusion

The summer school is scheduled for 20th-31st August 2018.
Preparatory readings and e-lectures will commence on July 9th 2018.
For further details please see the course programme.






Please fill in the application form and send it to Shona Mardle at Lincoln University:

Deadline for application: April 30 or until all places are filled


During the online phase at home participants will have access to recommended literature for course preparation.

Course format: Mix of lectures, laboratory experiments, and excursions

Level:  The course is aimed at students of environmental science or related subjects who have already passed university Bachelors courses (or equivalent) of at least 3 years. Background in Landscape architecture or GIS would be an asset.


Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand


Pre-booked furnished flats with twin or triple rooms

Health Insurance

Participants are responsible for an adequate health insurance during their participation in the programme


ELLS-partner students:
No accommodation cost and tuition fee. Food is provided. Travel expenses to New Zealand and food are not included. Some travel scholarships available.

Non ELLS-partner students / New Zealand students:
300 EURO for housing + 50 EURO for tickets for public transport. Food is also provided. Travel expenses to Lincoln, New Zealand are not included. Tuition fee applies.
After payment of fees, registration is binding.


Contact person:

Shona Mardle
Lincoln 7647, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 03 325 3820


Dr. Wendy McWilliam,
Senior Lecturer
Lincoln University