Ulrich Schmutz

Dr, Associate Professor for Organic Horticulture and Ecological Economics

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1993 …2020

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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

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

Foresi, L., Schmutz, U., Evans, A. & Trenchard, L., 26 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Acta Horticulturae. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 8 p.

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    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., 1 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Acta Horticulturae. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 7 p.

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  • The “one health”-concept and organic production of vegetables and fruits

    Alsanius, B. W., Von Essen, E., Hartmann, R., Vagsholm, I., Doyle, O., Schmutz, U., Stützel, H., Fricke, A. & Dorais, M., 10 Jul 2019, In : Acta Horticulturae. 1242, p. 1-14 14 p.

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  • Organic-PLUS: Un proyecto financiado por la UE para investigar alternativas a elementos contenciosos en la agricultura ecológica.

    Translated title of the contribution: Organic-PLUS: A project funded by the EU to research alternatives to contentious inputs in organic agricultureBurbi, S. & Schmutz, U., 24 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Organic-PLUS project: Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe – Research overview and preliminary results

    Schmutz, U., Rayns, F., Burbi, S., Evans, A., Zikeli, S., Oudshoorn, F., Katsoulas, N., Andrivon, D., De Marchi, M., Righi, F., Løes, A-K., Malińska, K., Grøn Sørensen, C. & Antón, A., Nov 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 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


    Exploring Growers’ Understanding of Sustainability and Resilience in Organic Greenhouse Horticulture: Italy vs United Kingdom

    Author: Foresi, L., 2018

    Supervisor: Schmutz, U. (Supervisor), Evans, A. (Supervisor) & Trenchard, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy