Dr. Susanne Padel
Job titleSenior Programme Manager, Information Services
Contact detailsEmail prefix: susanne.p (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 552
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR
Academic qualificationsPhD: Padel, S. (2002) Conversion to Organic Milk Production: the change process and farmers' information needs; PhD thesis, Aberystwyth University.
Diplom Ingenieur Degree (equivalent Bachelor with honours) in General agriculture at the University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, leading to a Diplom Ingenieur with specialisation in animal production (Equivalent Bachelor with honours from 1982 from the University of Kassel, Witzenhausen.)
Main roles and responsibilities
- Lead ORC information programme and livestock, socio-economics and sustainability assessment research programme
Policy evaluation, organic certification, farm business management, markets and consumers and developing research and knowledge networks in support of the organic sector in Europe.
- Collaboration with TP organics
- Member of the executive board of Agricology
- Input in teaching at postgraduate level at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) - Organic Farming MSc and:
- Member of the Exam Commission IAM Bari (Master in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture)
- Collaboration with Innovative Farmers
Selected journal papers
Naspetti S, Mandolesi S, Buysse J, Latvala T, Nicholas P, Padel S, Van Loo E, Zanoli R (2017) Determinants of the Acceptance of Sustainable Production Strategies among Dairy Farmers: Development and Testing of a Modified Technology Acceptance Model. Sustainability, 9 (10), 1805.
Scollan N, Padel S, Halsberg N, Hermansen J, Nicholas P, Rinne M, Zanoli R, Zollitsch W, Lauwers L (2017), Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming: Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU. EuroChoices. doi:10.1111/1746-692X.12162
Schader C, Baumgart L, Landert J, Muller A, Sebunya B, Blockeel J, Weisshaidinger R, Petrasek R, Mészáros D, Padel S, Gerrard CL, Smith L, Lindenthal T, Niggli U, Stolze M (2016) Using the Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment Routine (SMART) for the Systematic Analysis of Trade-Offs and Synergies between Sustainability Dimensions and Themes at Farm Level. Sustainability, 8 274
Home, R; Gerrard, C L.; Hempel, C Losták, M; Vieweger, A Husák, J; Stolze, M; Hamm, U; Padel, S; Willer, H; Vairo, D and Zanoli, R (2016) The quality of organic market data: providing data that is both fit for use and convenient. Organic Agriculture, online-first, pp. 1-14.
Padel, Susanne; Vaarst, Mette and Zaralis, Konstantinos (2015) Supporting Innovation in Organic Agriculture: A European Perspective Using Experience from the SOLID Project. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 4 (3), pp. 32-41.
Zander, K., Padel, S., and Zanoli, R. (2015) EU organic logo and its perception by consumers. British Food Journal, 117 (5), pp. 1506-1526.
Hietala, S., L. Smith, , M. Knudsen, S. Kurppa, S. Padel and Hermansen, J. (2015). Carbon footprints of organic dairying in six European countries — real farm data analysis. Organic Agriculture, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 91-100; DOI 10.1007/s13165-014-0084-0
Marchand, F., L. Debruyne, L. Triste, C. Gerrard, S. Padel, and L. Lauwers. (2014). Key characteristics for tool choice in indicator-based sustainability assessment at farm level. Ecology and Society 19(3): 46. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06876-190346.
Zanoli R, Gambelli D, Solfanelli F , Padel S (2014) Assessing the risk of non-compliance in UK organic agriculture: an econometric analysis, British Food Journal 116(8), p1369 – 1382.
Gerrard, CL; Janssen, M; Smith, L; Hamm, U, Padel, S (2013) UK consumer reactions to organic certification logos. British Food Journal, 115 (5), 727 -742.
Gerrard, C., Moakes, S. and Padel, S. (2012) The use of Farm Business Survey data to compare the environmental performance of organic and conventional farms. International Journal of Agricultural Management,2 (1), pp. 5-16.
Gerrard, C.L., Smith, L.G., Pearce, B., Padel, S., Hitchings, R., Measures, M. (2012) The OCIS PG tool: A tool for assessing the Public Goods provision of a farm, Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. pp 1-22
Schmid, Otto; Padel, Susanne and Levidov, Les (2012) The Bio-Economy Concept and Knowledge Base in a Public Goods and Farmer Perspective. Bio-based and Applied Economics, 1 (1), pp. 47-63.
Padel, S; Roecklinsberg, H and Schmid, O (2009) The implementation of organic principles and values in the European Regulation for organic food. Food policy, 34, pp. 245-251.
Padel, S. (2008) Values of organic producers converting at different times: Results of a focus group study in five European countries. Int. J. Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 7 (1), pp. 63-77.
Padel, S. & Foster, C. (2005) Exploring the gap between attitudes and behaviour: understanding why consumers buy or do not buy organic food. British Food Journal, 107(8) 606-625.
Padel, S. & Midmore, P. (2005) The development of the European market for organic products: insights from a Delphi study. British Food Journal, 107(8) 626-647.
Vaarst, M, S Padel, M Hovi, D Younie and A Sundrum (2005) Sustaining animal health and food safety in European organic livestock farming- presentation of a European Network Project. Livestock Production Science 94 (1-2 ), 61-69.
Nicholas, P.K, S. Padel, S. P. Cuttle, S. M. Fowler, M. Hovi, N. H. Lampkin and R. F. Weller (2004) Organic Dairy Production – A Review. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 22(3), 217-249.
Padel, S. (2001) Conversion to organic farming: a typical example of the diffusion of an innovation. Sociologia Ruralis 41 (1), 49-61.
Padel S (2017 - in press) Chapter 14: Setting and reviewing standards for organic farming In: Koepke, U. eds. Improving organic crop cultivation. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing pp.
Padel S, Zaralis K, Measures M, Sumption P (2016) Farmer Handbook reporting the outcome of participatory research findings. Organic Research Centre. Newbury.
Sanders J, Gambelli D, Lernoud J, Orsini S, Padel S, Stolze M, Willer H, Zanoli R (2016) Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain. Thünen Institute of Farm Economics. Braunschweig.
Knudsen T, Preda T, Djomo S, Valbuena PV, Hermansen JE, Smith LG, Padel S (2016). SOLID Deliverable D4.3: Assessing environmental impact of low-input and organic dairy systems.
Zaralis K, Rinne M, Kurki P, Dragomir C, Gerrard C, Padel S (2016). Innovative strategies related to forage production, utilization and feeding for dairy cow productivity. Deliverable 1.2 for SOLID.
Padel S (2016) Introduction to global markets and marketing of organic food. In: Deciphering Organic Foods: A Comprehensive Guide to Organic Food Consumption” (Karaklas I, Muehling D (Eds). Nova Publishing, Hauppauge, chapter 8, xxx-xxx. [In Press]
Schmid, Otto; Padel, Susanne; Lampkin, Nic and Meredith, Stephen (2015) Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders. IFOAM EU, Brussels, Belgium.
Padel, Susanne; Gerrard, Catherine L; Smith, Laurence; Schader, Christian; Baumgart, Lukas; Stolze, Matthias and Pearce, Bruce (2015) Further Development of Methodologies for Sustainability Assessment and Monitoring in Organic/Ecological Agriculture. ORC reports, no. 2015/1. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.
Barret, Philippe; Marq, Pascal; Mayer, Carolin and Padel, Susanne (2015) Research for transition: Europeans deserve a better agricultural and food policy. Université catholique de Louvain and Organic Research Centre commissioned by the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, Brussels.
Leach, K., G. Palomo, W. Waterfield, K. Zaralis, and S. Padel (2014) Diverse swards and mob grazing for dairy farm productivity: A UK case study. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1155-1158.
Moeskops, B., E. Torremocha, A. M. Häring, S. Padel, G. Brunori, and C. Micheloni (2014) Action Plan for Innovation and Learning. Agroecology and Organics in EU Innovation Policy. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 69-72.
Padel S, Lampkin N (2014) Wie wird der Ökolandbau in Europa gefördert? [How is organic farming supported in Europe?] Ökologie und Landbau, 171(3):12-14.
Contributed chapters to Sanders, J. (Ed), 2013. Evaluation of the eu regulation on organic farming. Braunschweig: Thuenen Institute.
- Padel, S., Sanders, J. and Vieweger, A. (2013) Chapter 4: Intervention Logic of the EU legislation on organic farming. pp. 41-50.
- Padel, S., Adams, L., Foster, C., 2013. Chapter 6: Adequacy of the scope of the regulation. pp. 53-72.
- Padel, S., Vieweger, A., Nocentini, L., Devot, A., Schmid, O. and Stolze, M. (2013) Chapter 7: Adequacy of the production rules. pp. 73-130.
- Padel, S. and Foster, C. (2013) Chapter 11: Simplified administration and management of the organic farming legislation. pp. 219-234.
- Sanders, J., S, P., Nocentini, L., Stolze, M., Huber, B., Zander, K., Polakova, J., Keenleyside, C., 2013. Chapter 14: Towards and improved legislative framework for organic farming - overall conclusions and recommendations. pp. 273-294.
Padel, S. (2013) Organic Farming as a European Innovation System. In: Løes, Anne-Kristin; Askegaard, Margrethe; Langer, Vibeke; Partanen, Kirsi; Pehme, Sirli; Rasmussen, Ilse A.;Salomon, Eva; Sørensen, Peter; Ullvén, Karin and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) Organic farming systems as a driver for change, NJF Report, no. 9 (3), pp. 15-17.
Leach, Katharine; Gerrard, Catherine L and Padel, Susanne (Eds.) (2013) Rapid sustainability assessment of organic and low-input farming across Europe and identification of research needs. Deliverable 1.1, no. EU- SOLID project. ORC, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury.
Ekert, S; Döring, T; Häring, A; Lampkin, N; Murphy-Bokern, Dl; Otto, K; Padel, S, Vieweger, A (2012) Evaluation des Bereichs Forschung und Entwicklung im Bundesprogramm Ökologischer Landbau. [Evaluation of the German Federal Research Programme on Organic Agriculture.] Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, D-Bonn, Geschäftsstelle Bundesprogramm Ökologischer Landbau und andere Formen nachhaltiger Landwirtschaft.
Gerrard, CL; Vieweger, A, Padel, S (2012) Inventory of data collecting and publishing institutions (= Deliverable 2.1 of the OrganicDataNetwork project: Report on data collectors). OrganicDataNetwork project, c/o University of Ancona.
Leach, K; Gerrard, CL; Kudahl, AB; Nykänen, A; Vaarst, M; Weissensteiner, R, Padel, S (2012) Assessing the sustainability of EU dairy farms with different management systems and husbandry practices. In: Rahmann, Gand Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 277-281.
Sander, J, Stolze, M and Padel, S (2011) Use and efficiency of public support measures addressing organic farming – Final report - November 2011. Study conducted by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (DE) together with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL, CH) and the Organic Research Centre (UK) on behalf of the DG Agriculture of the European Commission.
Gerrard, C L; Smith, L; Padel, S; Pearce, B; Hitchings, R; Measures, M and Cooper, N (2011) OCIS Public Goods Tool Development. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.
Gerrard, Catherine L and Padel, Susanne (2011) Production costs across the EU in 2006. Organic Research Centre Bulletin, April 2011, 104, pp. 12-13.
Lampkin, N., Measures, M. and Padel, S. (Eds.) 2011. 2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook. Organic Research Centre Newbury.
Padel, S. & Lampkin, N (2011). Introduction to the concepts and principles of organic farming. In: KÖLLING, A. (ed.) Organic Food and Farming: A system approach to meet the sustainability challenge. Brussels: IFOAM EU Group. In www.ifoam-eu.org/workareas/policy/pdf/IFOAMEU_dossier_organic_farming_system_approach.pdf
Padel, S and Zander, K (2011) Communicating with customers. Organic Farming, 2011, Spring (106), pp. 29-31.
Padel, S., Schaack, D. & Willer, H. (2011) The Organic Market in Europe. IN WILLER, H. & KILCHER, L. (Eds.) The World of Organic Agriculture, Statistics and Emerging Trends 2011. Bonn and Frick, IFOAM and FiBL, pg 156-160.
Padel, Susanne (Ed.) (2010) The European Regulatory Framework and its Implementation in Influencing Organic Inspection and Certification Systems in The EU. Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm , Newbury.
Padel, S and Zander, K (2010) Regional production’ and ‘Fairness’ in organic farming: Evidence from a CORE Organic project. In: Darnhofer, Ika and Grötzer, Michaela (Eds.) WS4.3 – Fair and regional: New trends of organic and sustainable food systems, Universität für Bodenkultur , Vienna .
Padel, S., Niggli, U., Pearce, B., Schlüter, M., Schmid, O., Cuoco, E., Willer, H., Huber, M., Halberg, N. & Micheloni, C. (2010): Implementation Action Plan for organic food and farming research. TP Organics. IFOAM- EU Group, Brussels. Available at www.tporganics.eu.
Padel, S; Smith, L and Janssen, M (2010) Are shoppers aware of Organic Certification logos? Organic Research Centre Bulletin, August 2010, pp. 4-5.
Zander, K; Hamm, U; Freyer, B; Gössinger, K; Hametter, M; Naspetti, S; Padel, S; Stolz, H; Stolze, M and Zanoli, R (2010) Farmer Consumer Partnerships - How to successfully communicate the values of organic food. Self-published, Department of Agricultural and Food Marketing, University of Kassel, Witzenhausen.
Padel, S. & Gössinger, k. (Eds.) (2008) Farmer Consumer Partnerships Communicating Ethical Values: a conceptual framework, Aberystwyth and Vienna, Aberystwyth University and University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences.
Padel, S. and Lampkin, N. (2007) Chapter 8: The development of governmental support for organic farming in Europe. In: Lockeretz, W. (Ed). Organic Farming An International History. Wallingford: CABI, pp. 93-122.
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