19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Dr. Stefano Orsini

Job title

Senior Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: stefano.o (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 646254 - extn. 6254
Postal address: Trent Lodge,Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JN

Academic qualifications

PhD: Orsini, S. (2012) On land management: landholders’ attitudes to land and farming in Valdera, Tuscany; PhD thesis, University of Pisa, Italy.

MSc in Agricultural Science, University of Pisa, Italy.

Main roles and responsibilities

Socio-economic team.

Currently involved in the following projects:

  • iSAGE – Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe.
  • Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain.

Research interests

Rural development; agricultural and environmental policy evaluation; socio-economic analysis of the agricultural sector.

Selected publications

Orsini S, Padel S, Gambelli D, Lernoud J, Sanders J, Solfanelli F, Stolze M, Willer H, Zanoli R. (2019).Beyond ‘mainstream’ and ‘alternative’ in organic food supply chains: empirical examples of added value distribution from eight European countries. British Food Journal (DOI :10.1108/BFJ-07-2019-0508, in press.

Orsini S, Padel S, Solfanelli F, Costanzo A, Zanoli R (2019) LIVESEED D4.1 Report on the relative importance of different factors encouraging farmers to use/ not use organic seed in organic supply chains

Rose I, Martin-Collado D, Orsini S, Zanoli R, Yañez-Ruiz D, Zaralis K, Arsenos G (2019) Using the Multi-stakeholder Approach to Match Potential Innovations with Challenges Experienced by European Sheep and Goat Farms. Cham: Springer International Publishing. pp 119-130.

Orsini S, Padel S, Lampkin N (2018) Labour Use on Organic Farms: A Review of Research since 2000. Organic Farming, 4 (1)

Rose I, Martin-Collado D, Orsini S, Zanoli R, Yañez-Ruiz D, Zaralis K, Arsenos, G (2017) Using the Multi-stakeholder Approach to Match Potential Innovations with Challenges Experienced by European Sheep and Goat Farms. In Theodoridis A, Ragkos A, Salampasis M (ed.) International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food & Environment. Springer, pp. 119-130.

Lampkin N, Orsini S (2017) Welsh Organic Producer Survey 2016. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Sanders J, Gambelli D, Lernoud J, Orsini S, Padel S, Stolze M, Willer H, Zanoli R (2016) Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain. Thünen Institute of Farm Economics. Braunschweig.

Orsini S (2014) Explaining land management decisions to understand local landscape functions and change. Some insights from Tuscany. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 18 (8), 934-949.

Orsini S (2014) Landscape polarisation, hobby farmers, and a valuable hill in Tuscany: understanding landscape dynamics in a peri-urban context. Danish Journal of Geography, 113 (1), 53-64.