A1 Journal article (refereed)
Farming on the margins : Just transition and the resilience of peripheral farms (2022)

Kuhmonen, I., & Siltaoja, M. (2022). Farming on the margins : Just transition and the resilience of peripheral farms. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 43, 343-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2022.04.011

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All authors or editorsKuhmonen, Irene; Siltaoja, Marjo

Journal or seriesEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions



Publication year2022

Publication date29/04/2022


Pages range343-357


Publication countryNetherlands

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80907


Sustainability transition demands fundamental changes taking place at the farm system level. At the same time, many farms are operating on the verge of financial profitability, especially in geographically disadvantaged peripheral regions with a limited range of production opportunities. These observations raise concerns about the transition's justice aspects. Using the concept of resilience, we analysed farmers’ capacities for transformation in a peripheral context in Finland. The results from our farmer survey (n = 577) indicated that the regime exerts a strong cost-price squeeze on farmers, escaping of which is difficult also for farmers deliberately seeking new pathways beyond it. Due to farmers’ dependence on the regime, drastic changes to ‘the rules of the game’ could undermine their resilience. We argue that for transition processes to be both sustainable and just, proactive restorative justice should aim at promoting resilience at the farm level by deliberately building inclusive and accessible transition pathways.

Keywordsfood systemssustainable agricultureagricultural policysocial justiceperipheriesresiliencerestorative justice

Free keywordsfood system; just sustainability transition; peripheries; resilience; restorative justice; transformative capacities

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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