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International Symposiumon Work in Agriculture_ISWA - Clermont-Ferrand - New dates : March 29th - April 1rst, 2021

Scientific committee members

ISWA : March 29 th - April 1 rst, 2021

Biographies of members are under the list







Makerere University








School of Agricultural, Forest & Food Sciences




VetAgro Sup - UMR Territoires
















Singapore Management University




INRAE - UMR Territoires




University of Dublin




INRAE - UMR Sadapt








State University of Maringa








University of Melbourne




INRAE - UMR Smart-Lereco




University of Melbourne




State University of Maringa




Institut Agronomique Hassan II




Federal Univ of Technology  Parana






Biographies :

Marion Beecher

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Marion Beecher BAgrSc PhD, is currently working with Teagasc as a Research Officer. Her research interests include dairy farm labour productivity and efficiency specifically looking at efficient technologies, e.g. infra-structure, facilities and work organisation including Lean management as well as evaluating human resource management within Irish dairy farm businesses. Prior to this she co-ordinated the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Programme which involved co-ordination of placements of students on approved dairy host farmers for training. She graduated from University College Dublin with a PhD in animal science. 

Brenda Boonabaana

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Dr Brenda Boonabaana has over 10 years of experience working as a lecturer and researcher at Makerere University. She holds a PhD (Gender and Tourism specialty), from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and Masters in Land use and Regional Development of Makerere University. Brenda is also an Associate Coordinator, Trainer and Mentor for the Gender Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) project, a 5 year Makerere/Cornell University project training agricultural scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to be gender responsive in their research activities. Brenda is a Fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Washington DC, under the GAAP2 project that has rolled out tools for measuring women’s empowerment in agriculture (WEAI/A-WEAI/Pro-WEAI). She is an alumnus of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme, University of California, Berkeley (USA), having attended a short training course in 2016. Brenda cares about good environmental quality, biodiversity conservation, women and girls’ empowerment, food secure and poverty free communities. She enjoys traveling, reading, multi-cultural interaction and giving back to the community.

Sophie Chauvat


Sophie Chauvat is an applied research engineer at the French Livestock Institute.
She is the coordinator of the "Work on livestock farms" network (WLFM) which involves 50 partners in research, development and education. The network takes into account the work different dimensions to support the farms transformations. It develops tools for diagnosis and advice, support and guidance to farmers on work, methods to produce references. The network stimulates joint projects; promotes the sharing of methods and experiences; organizes national meetings (4th national meetings on "work in livestock farms" - 180 participants – 2015 ) and operate a website ( to disseminate results.
She trains advisors or teachers on methods and tools of "work on livestock farms". She is involved in projects dealing with human resource management, working conditions in livestock farms, references on work in agro-ecological farms, the analysis of the social sustainability of farms in their territory.

Sandra Contzen

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Dr. Sandra Contzen is a social scientist with a PhD in Human Geography and an MA in Social Work and Social Policy. Since 2006, she has been working as a research fellow at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), Bern University of Applied Sciences, in Zollikofen, Switzerland. She is leading the research group of rural sociology. Her research fields include gender and family dimensions of farming, quality of life, poverty, deprivation and social exclusion in agriculture, rural development and rural policies. Her geographical focus mainly lies on Switzerland. However, she has also carried out research including extensive field work in rural Honduras. Besides research, she is involved in teaching and supervising BSc and MSc thesis as well as seminar papers in the field of rural sociology.

Sylvie Cournut

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Dr. Sylvie Cournut is an agronomist at VetAgroSup, a french institution of higher education and research, with a phD in livestock farming systems modeling. She carries out research on transformation of livestock farming systems, taking into account the human pole (work, decisions, social sustainability) of these systems and their insertion in collectives and territories. She developed research on work in livestock farms based on data from surveys conducted, notably with the Work Assessment method, but also with more qualitative approaches. Involved in international projects, she has conducted comparative analyzes of work organization styles in different countries (Vietnam, Morocco, Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil and France). To enrich the understanding of work situations, she has, through cooperation with other disciplines, widened the scope of her research on work by taking into account more broadly the farmers’ working conditions and the meaning they give to their work. This broadening continues with research on the social sustainability of farms in their territory and the governance and organization of work in farmers' collectives. She is one of the 3 coordinators of the Work on livestock farms" network (WLFM) which involves 50 partners in research, development and education.

Benoit Dedieu


Director of Research at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture Food and the Environnement - France), Benoît Dedieu is an agronomist, with a PhD in Animal Sciences. His domain of research is the livestock farming systems (LFS) adaptation to changes and uncertainties. He developped a framework to integrate work in the LFS approaches and produced knowledge on the way farmers organize their work as a part of the farming system management. He is the initiator of the creation of a french research and extension community on work in livestock farming (with the French Livestock Institute). He co-organized the first International Symposium on work in agriculture held in Maringa (Brazil) in 2016 and is the president of the International Association (IAWA) since its creation in 2017. He is the Chair of the 2nd International Symposium on work in agriculture

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Bruno Dorin

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Dr. Bruno Dorin (PhD. in economics, postgraduate degree in agricultural engineering) has 30 years of research experience, based in France (17 years) or India (13 years). He is an economist at CIRAD ( and CIRED ( currently based in New Delhi at CSH ( He works on large range of issues (nexus agriculture-nutrition-poverty-ecology) and has developed Agribiom, a quantitative tool for analysing production, trade and use of biomass since the 1960s, and imagining future scenarios of structural transformation (horizon 2050) with a special focus on agricultural employment and labour productivity. Is author or co-author of many academic articles and official reports, in addition to five books in English, including “The Indian Entrepreneur” (Delhi 2003), “Agriculture and Food in India” (Delhi 2009), “Agrimonde: scenarios and challenges for feeding the world in 2050” (Versailles 2011; Springer 2014).

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Nathalie Hostiou


Nathalie Hostiou (INRAE, France) carries out researches on labour in livestock farming systems in different countries. She studies the consequences of precision livestock farming on farmers’ work, changes on labour due to employment of wage earners or adoption of ecological practices. She co-authored the Quaework approach to qualify work organization and evaluate its efficiency and flexibility with a deep analysis of how livestock farming system management is involved.

Jim Kinsella

Jim Kinsella

Jim Kinsella is Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in the School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin (UCD) where he has been Section Head for Agribusiness & Rural Development since 2011. He began his career with a development NGO as a volunteer humanitarian worker in Ethiopia and Somalia and agricultural development worker in Tanzania and Kenya. On returning to Ireland in the early ‘90s he completed his PhD study on Irish farm households’ decision-making processes and became a College Lecturer at UCD in 1995. He has over the past 25 years lectured on: sustainable agriculture and rural development; communications; agricultural extension; and strategies for development. He has established, co-ordinated and delivered MSc programmes in: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development; Agricultural Innovation Support; and Agricultural Extension and Innovation. His research to date encompasses: rural livelihoods analysis; rural development policy impact; agricultural extension effectiveness; agricultural innovation; occupational safety and health on farms; labour efficiency on farms; and measuring social capital. He lives with his family on a 30ha cattle farm and remains actively involved in his local community through sports coaching and voluntary organisations

Catherine Laurent

Peter Lundqvist


Peter Lundqvist is a Professor in Work Science at the Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He works at the south Campus in Alnarp, outside Malmo in the very south of Sweden. His research has a focus on injury prevention, ergonomics and psychosocial aspects of work in agriculture.  One example of an ongoing research project is : “Criticism, crime and threats against Swedish animal production – The perspective of Swedish farmers”. Peter is also very active within international organizations and is the Past President of ISASH (International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health) and the Vice President of IARM (International Association of Rural Health and Medicine) He is also active within International Section of the ISSA on Prevention of Occupational Risks in Agriculture and the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). Another task is the role as Associate Editor for the Journal of AgroMedicine (Taylor & Francis) and the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health (ASABE).

Priscila Malanski


Dr. Priscila Malanski is an agricultural systems scientist with first degree in agronomy and a PhD in Animal Science (AgroParisTech, France). Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at Business Management Department in the State University of Maringa (Brazil) working in partnership with the Science for Development Division in the French National Research Institute for Agriculture Food and the Environnement (INRAE). Her research interest covers human resource management in livestock farming systems, labor issues in agricultural value chains and analysis of scientific knowledge related to work in agriculture. Priscila is the executive secretary of the International Association on Work in Agriculture (IAWA) since its creation in 2017, and member of the Work in Livestock Network (RMT Travail, France)

Guillermo Neiman

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Ruth Nettle

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Professor Ruth Nettle, leads the Rural Innovation Research Group at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research has focused on changes in the social organization of farming systems, farm system resilience, farm employment relations and the attraction and retention of employees, rural workforce planning and action and agricultural extension policy and design. She will be presenting the main conclusions from a pilot study applying the ‘work assessment method’ on dairy farms in Australia.Laurent Piet

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Dr. Laurent Piet is a research analyst in agricultural economics at INRAE in the SMART-LERECO research unit in Rennes (France). His main research interests cover the evolution of farm number and size distribution, the impact of public policies on farm structures, and the functioning of the market for farmland. He participated in several European research projects (FP5 AgriBMPWater, FP7 Factor Markets and FLINT) and is currently involved in the H2020 “Low-Input Farming and Territories - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming (LIFT)” project. He is currently coordinating the French ministry for Agriculture funded “Heterogeneity, drivers and trajectories of French farmers income (AgrIncome)” project and is also part of the French National Research Agency (ANR) funded “Farm value and farm transfer: perspectives from economics and sociology (Farm_Value)” project.

Michael Santhanam-Martin

Michael Santhanam-Martin

Michael Santhanam-Martin is a lecturer in agricultural production systems, and a member of the Rural Innovation Research Group, in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and the University of Melbourne, Australia. Michael’s first degree was in agricultural engineering. He has worked in environmental hydrology and catchment management, in international agricultural development and in Australian indigenous community development. Michael’s PhD examined social aspects of agricultural sustainability, and how they are governed, in the Australian dairy industry. Michael is currently researching workforce attraction and retention in the Australian fruit industry and has also been involved in the first Australian pilot of the Work Assessment Method (Bilan travail), a French method for exploring work organisation in livestock farming.

Sandra Schiavi


Sandra Schiavi, economist from São Paulo State University UNESP (Brazil), with Master and PhD. degrees on Production Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos UFSCar (Brazil) and visitor scholar period at the Kansas State University (USA). Vice president of the International Association on Work in Agriculture (IAWA), she is currently an associate professor at the Department of Business Administration, and the head of the International Cooperation Office at the State University of Maringá, UEM (Brazil). She is also permanent professor at the graduate programs of  Business Administration (PPA UEM) and Economics (PCE UEM), and coordinates and participates in granted research and extension projects with international collaboration, on the fields of Economics of Agribusiness and Value Chains, employment and labor governance. 

Mohamed Taher Sraïri

Mohamed Taher SRAIRI

Professor Mohamed Taher Sraïri, Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute, Rabat, MOROCCO. Head of the School of Agricultural Sciences. Main competences : study of resources efficiency use (capital, land, water and work) within crop/livestock systems with a majority of family smallholder farms, rearing practices and animal products’ quality, crop/livestock integration in semi-arid areas and in oasis systems. Diverse research collaborations in agricultural sciences with French (INRA and CIRAD) and Belgian institutions (Liège University-Gembloux), many consultations for international organisms (FAO) and private corporations on livestock supply chains in North Africa. More than 60 articles published in peer reviewed international journals. Member of the editorial board of the journal ‘Cahiers Agricultures’.

Leandra Ulbricht

Leandra Ulbricht

Leandra Ulbricht, professor and researcher at the Federal University of Technology, Paraná (UTFPR), Veterinarian (1992), and PhD (2003) in Production Engineering (Ergonomics) at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). Field Research: includes insertion of technology for the development of new protocols for the diagnosis of health; work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) mainly in milkers, agriculture work ergonomic analysis and worker’s health.

Christina Umstätter


Dr. Christina Umstätter, Dr. rer. agr., Master of Science (agriculture) Christina Umstätter is head of the research group ‘Automation and labour organization’ at Agroscope since 04/2017. Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research. She is responsible for the research on Precision Livestock Farming and labour organization. This involves the development and evaluation of new approaches to measure animal behaviour, to develop decision support systems for animal health and welfare monitoring and to look at the impact of new technologies on labour organization and efficiency. The main focus of this work lies currently on pasture based dairy systems. Before she took up the post at Agroscope, Christina Umstätter was employed as a Grazing Biologist at SRUC’s Hill&Mountain Research Centre in Scotland and worked in the area of precision pasture management. At Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, her PhD topic dealt with the interaction of animals and milking robots.