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Contact Wes Eaton or Morey Burnham for more Information

The workshop series includes virtual meetings from October 2020 – April 2021 and a two-day in-person workshop at Penn State University, US in June 9-11, 2021. Intended outcomes include 1) a special issue of a journal on workshop themes, 2) a collaboratively defined and co-produced research agenda on the “science of engagement,” and 3) formation of a new collaborative research network. The virtual meetings and workshop will focus on engagement as a means to address complex socio-environmental issues on agricultural working landscapes, including water quality and quantity, emerging contaminants, agricultural inputs, climate adaptation and vulnerability, changing land use, biodiversity, invasive species, and other challenges that threaten the health and livelihood of stakeholders, communities, and the environment.


We remain hopeful that an in-person workshop will be feasible. However, we are actively developing plans for a virtual workshop should Covid-19 concerns and restrictions limit travel and face-to-face interactions.

What Will You Do?

  • Examine knowledge gaps in community and stakeholder engagement processes and outcomes
  • Collaborate with a range of people

  • Develop a research agenda on community and stakeholder engagement processes and outcomes
  • Discuss, edit and collaborate on special issue paper drafts
  • Learn from Plenary Speakers

Who is Welcome?

Anyone who has a special interest in stakeholder engagement as a means to address complex socio-environmental issues on agricultural working landscapes, including water quality and quantity, emerging contaminants, agricultural inputs, climate adaptation and vulnerability, changing land use, biodiversity, invasive species, and other challenges that threaten the health and livelihood of stakeholders, communities, and the environment.

  • Policy makers 
  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Community Stakeholders
  • Funders
  • Students
  • Planners
  • International Participants

Who is facilitating the Workshop?

The organizing committee has partnered with Southwest Decision Resources (SDR) to provide design and facilitation services for this workshop. SDR is a team of facilitators that offers experienced support for collaborative decision-making processes, including assessment, facilitation, mediation, strategic planning, coaching, mentoring, and training.


The workshop will be facilitated by Tahnee Robertson, Andi Rogers, Carrie Eberly and Jessica Gist Olson of Southwest Decision resources.

Who is Sponsoring this Workshop?

This workshop is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Advancing scholarship and practice of stakeholder engagement in working landscapes grant no. 2020-01551 project accession no. 1023309 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The workshop series is also sponsored by:

The Rural Sociology Graduate Association

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