Marion Sautier

Marion Sautier

session, year:
2014 2nd

Former fellow

Receiving laboratory:
Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE), Dunedin

Country of origin:


Country of destination:

New Zealand

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Mobility project

A retrospective analysis of the New Zealand transition towards sustainable winegrowing practices: the role of participation an sustainability assessment tools

My mobility project aims to identify success factors and barriers hindering sustainability program adoption in relation to the use of sustainability assessment tools and farmer participation. This project is based on a case study of the New Zealand Wine industry, an industry which has been developing sustainability programs for 20 years and which has now up to 94% of its area certified ‘sustainable’. By mixing bibliographic work, stakeholder interviews, observation of industry-driven workshops and participatory workshops, I expect results that could support agricultural industries committed to enhancing their sustainability.

Biography & research interests

Marion started in September 2017 her new Lecturer position at ENSAT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse). She is an Agricultural Scientist who seeks to assist agricultural practitioners and policy-makers in their adaptation choices by providing them with relevant information, methods and tools. During her PhD at the UMR AGIR in INRA Toulouse (France), she had to deal with the tricky issue of climate change within the industry that contributes the most to greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture: the beef and dairy industry. She studied the vulnerability of grass-land based-livestock systems to climate change. Marion visited the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago (New Zealand) for her AgreenSkills postdoctoral fellowship. In collaboration with the New Zealand Sustainability Dash- board project, her research aimed to understanding how sustainability programs can better inform farmers in their transitions towards sustainable practices. By working closely with the Sociology Department of the University, she examined the social dynamics around the development and expansion of a voluntary sustainability program for the New Zealand wine industry. Now, she researches sustainable practices for nematode control in sheep farming.

Selected publications

Sautier, M., Legun, KA., Rosin, C., Campbell, H., 2018. Sustainability: A tool for governing wine production in New Zealand? Journal of Cleaner Production, 179, 247356.

de Olde EM, Sautier M., Whitehead J., 2018. Comprehensiveness or implementation: challenges in translating farm-level sustainability assessments into action for sustainable development. Ecological Indicators 85: 1107-1112.

de Olde, E.M., Moller, H., Marchand, F. McDowell RW,, MacLeod CJ., Sautier M., et al. 2017.When experts disagree: the need to rethink indicator selection for assessing sustainability of agriculture. Environ Dev Sustain, 19: 1327. Doi: 10.1007/s10668-016-9803-x

Sautier M., Katharine A. Legun, Christopher Rosin, and Hugh Campbell, 2018. Sustainability: A tool for governing wine production in New Zealand? Journal of Cleaner Production 179: 347-356.

Alrøe HF, Sautier M, Legun KA, Whitehead J, Noe E, Moller H, Manhire J, 2017. Performance versus values in sustainability transformations of food systems. Sustainability 9(3), 332. Doi: 10.3390/su9030332.

Sautier M, Piquet M, Duru M, Martin-Clouaire R, 2017. Exploring adaptations to climate change with stakeholders: a participatory method to design grassland-based farming systems. Journal of Environmental Management 193: 541-550.

Awards & patents

Agreenskills Grant (Marie-Curie FP7 COFUND People Program) for visiting the Centre for Sustainability and participating to the New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard project


decision making, transition management, farming systems, interdisciplinary research, kiwifruit, indicator reference value, sustainability indicators, wine