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Ulrich is an agricultural and horticultural economist, specialising in organic horticulture and agriculture. He has 25 years experience in academic research, policy and working within practical organic farms of any size and complexity. In his academic work he specialised in environmental, ecological and rural economics, taking a broader view of this social science compared to traditional farm economics. 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

Agroecology; Agriculture; Ecological economics; Organic horticulture

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 1998 2017

Comparing the usefulness of assessment tools for environmental impacts evaluation of organic greenhouse horticulture

Foresi, L., Antón, A. & Schmutz, U. 30 Jun 2017 In : Acta Horticulturae. 1164, p. 485-491 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

life cycle
farming system
organic farming
2 Citations
Open Access
metropolitan region
4 Citations

Food Production and Consumption: City Regions between Localism, Agricultural Land Displacement, and Economic Competitiveness

Monaco, F., Zasada, I., Wascher, D., Glavan, M., Pintar, M., Schmutz, U., Mazzocchi, C., Corsi, S. & Sali, G. 11 Jan 2017 In : Sustainability. 9, 1, 96

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
agglomeration area
food consumption
food production

Sustainability impact assessments of different urban short food supply chains: Examples from London, UK

Schmutz, U., Kneafsey, M., Sarrouy Kay, C., Doernberg, A. & Zasada, I. 10 Nov 2017 In : Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. (in press), p. (in press) 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Food Chain
Food Supply
food supply chain

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Participation in conference

38th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the College of Occupational Therapists

Schmutz, U. (Participant)
3 Jun 20145 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference