Ulrich Schmutz

Dr, Associate Professor for Organic Horticulture and Ecological Economics

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  • 355 Citations
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Ulrich is an agricultural and horticultural economist, specialising in organic horticulture, agroecology and ecological economics. He has 30 years experience in academic research, policy and working within practical farms and food businesses of any size and complexity. In his academic work he specialised in ecological and rural economics, taking a broader view of this social science. His research interests are in organic horticulture, agroecology, urban agroecology, and social and environmental issues of food governance. Ulrich has long expertise in modelling farm, environmental and ecological economics and analysing large data sets efficiently. Ulrich has worked as Professor for Organic Agriculture at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, lecturing in the School of Economics and Management. Previous academic research and teaching was in tropical and subtropical horticulture at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany with projects in Israel and the Philippines. Other professional work is a management consultant, organic farm inspector and as a farm business consultant during the transition in East Germany and Eastern Europe. Ulrich has an agricultural engineering degree and BSc in Philosophy from Bonn and Munich Universities, Germany.

Research Interests

Urban agroecology; Ecological economics; Health and wellbeing of gardening; Social and ecological return on investment; Resilience, sustainability and standards of food systems; Organic horticulture, greenhouse temperate and tropical fruit crops

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Research Output 1993 2018

Organic agriculture

Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe (Organic-PLUS): Type of submission: Working paper for poster session

Løes, A-K., Evans, A., Nikolaos Katsoulas, N., De Marchi, M., Grøn Sørensen, C. & Schmutz, U., 27 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

environmental economics
organic production

Phasing out contentious inputs in organic and non-organic horticulture – Organic-PLUS.

Schmutz, U., Rayns, F., Evans, A., Nikolaos Katsoulas, N., Løes, A-K., De Marchi, M. & Grøn Sørensen, C., 12 Aug 2018, (Submitted) In : Acta Horticulturae. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public speaking

Sustainability and Resilience in Organic Greenhouse Horticulture. Examples from Italy and the UK

Foresi, L., Schmutz, U., Evans, A. & Trenchard, L., 12 Aug 2018, (Submitted) In : Acta Horticulturae. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

food supply chain
2 Citations (Scopus)

The economic performance of urban gardening in three European cities – examples from Ljubljana, Milan and London

Glavan, M., Schmutz, U., Williams, S., Corsi, S., Monaco, F., Kneafsey, M., Guzman Rodriguez, P. A., Čenič-Istenič, M. & Pintar, M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 36, p. 100-122 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

economic performance
family and consumer science

Activities 2014 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

Sustainability (Journal)

Sara Burbi (Guest Editor), Ulrich Schmutz (Guest Editor), Moya Kneafsey (Guest Editor)
Jan 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Certification standards for urban farming

Ulrich Schmutz (Speaker), Margi Lennartsson Turner (Speaker)
30 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Mainstreaming agroecology - implications for EU policies, research and farming

Ulrich Schmutz (Speaker)
13 Jul 201514 Jul 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk