The team has prepared a new book, which was published on 1 March 2011. As well as chapters by the core team from the Melbourne Symposium, we have included some additonal specially commissioned chapters. Page down to see details.

Editors for the book are David Pannell and Frank Vanclay. The title is Changing Land Management: Adoption of New Practices by Rural Landholders and the publisher is CSIRO Publishing.



 1.      Changing land management: multiple perspectives on a multifaceted issue

         David J. Pannell and Frank Vanclay

2.      Understanding and promoting adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders
         David J. Pannell, Graham R. Marshall, Neil Barr, Allan Curtis, Frank Vanclay and Roger Wilkinson

3.      The many meanings of adoption
         Roger Wilkinson
4.      Social principles for agricultural extension in facilitating the adoption of new practices
         Frank Vanclay
5.      Identifying potential adopters of an agricultural innovation
         Geoff Kaine, Vic Wright, Ray Cooksey and Denise Bewsell
6.      Identifying and targeting adoption drivers
         Rick S. Llewellyn
7.      Enabling change in family farm businesses
         Amabel Fulton and Frank Vanclay
8.      What ‘community’ means for farmer adoption of conservation practices
         Graham R. Marshall
9.      I hope you are feeling uncomfortable now: role conflict and the natural resources extension officer
         Neil Barr
10.    Counting women into agriculture
         Cathy McGowan
11.    Bridging the gap between policy and management of natural resources
         Allan Curtis and Emily Mendham
12.    Policy perspectives on changing land management
         David J. Pannell



There is a rich and extensive history of research into factors that encourage farmers to change their land management practices, or inhibit them from doing so. Yet this research is often under-utilised in practice. Changing Land Management provides key insights from past and cutting-edge research to support decision-makers as they attempt to influence or assist rural communities adapting to changed circumstances, such as new technologies, new environmental imperatives, new market opportunities or changed climate.

Understanding the process of practice change by rural landholders is crucial for policy makers, agricultural researchers, extension agents, natural resource management bodies, non-government organisations and agricultural consultants. For example, such understanding can assist with the design and implementation of environmental programs, with the prioritisation of agricultural research and with commercial ventures.

Common themes are the need for an appreciation of the diversity of land managers and their contexts, of the diversity of factors that influence land-management decisions, and of the challenges that face government programs that are intended to change land management.



Agriculture professionals

Students and academics in the agricultural extension, agricultural science, natural resource management, rural and environmental sociology, and social and human geography areas.

People working as:

  • Agricultural extension agents
  • Educators and trainers
  • Agricultural researchers and research managers
  • Policy advisors and managers in government
  • Private sector agronomists advising farmers
  • Non-government organisations and social researchers



The book may be ordered from:

Ph: 1300 788 000
CSIRO website

Recommended retail price is $79.95. 

To place an order on-line go to here.

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