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Dr Sue Oreszczyn

Professional biography

After graduating from University College London with a degree in physical geography, Sue has researched on areas of key importance for managing our environment in a sustainable way. This has included a PhD in systems approaches to landscape management, in particular, hedgerow conservation, and participatory research on stakeholder attitudes and perceptions to agri-environmental issues. She has been involved in a number of projects concerned with understanding the views and issues associated with agri-environments that concern all stakeholders, from those at the policy level, such as senior policymakers, environmental NGO’s and consumer groups, through to the public and the farmers working at the ground level.

Sue is a member of Innogen (Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences) and also a a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) 


Research interests

Sue's research interests include linking policy research and practice; cooperative and participatory research; knowledge exchange; communities of practice; attitudes, values and learning concerning new technologies; systems approaches to landscape management and evaluation and agri-environmental issues; environmental perceptions and decision making. She has a particular interest in participatory methodologies and the use of visual techniques in research, such as scenario mapping, influence mapping and cognitive mapping.


Teaching interests

Sue is the Co-ordinator of U501, the Open University's first year Doctoral Training Workshops Programme.  She is also Postgraduate Tutor for the School of Engineering and Innovation, a post held jointly with Dr. Carl Boardman.


Engaging cooperative research (2014)
Hincliffe, Steve; Levidow, Les and Oreszczyn, Sue
Environment and Planning A, 46(9) (pp. 2080-2094)
Challenging unsustainable development through research cooperation (2012-01-17)
Levidow, Les and Oreszczyn, Sue
Local Environment, 17(1) (pp. 35-56)
The role of networks of practice and webs of influencers on farmers’ engagement with and learning about agricultural innovations (2010)
Oreszczyn, Sue; Lane, Andrew and Carr, Susan
Journal of Rural Studies, 26(4) (pp. 404-417)
Improving the link between policy research and practice: using a scenario workshop as a qualitative research tool in the case of genetically modified crops (2008-09)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan
Qualitative Research, 8(4) (pp. 473-497)
A Systemic approach to scoping of factors influencing more sustainable land use in Herefordshire (2006-12)
Morris, Dick; Oreszczyn, Sue; Blackmore, Christine; Ison, Raymond and Martin, Stephen
Local Environment, 11(6) (pp. 683-699)
GM crops in the United Kingdom: precaution as process (2005-08-01)
Oreszczyn, Sue
Science and Public Policy, 32(4) (pp. 317-324)
Industry responses to the European controversy over agricultural biotechnology (2002-08-01)
Levidow, L.; Oreszczyn, S.; Assouline, G. and Joly, P.-B.
Science and Public Policy, 29(4) (pp. 267-275)
The meaning of hedgerows in the English landscape: Different stakeholder perspectives and the implications for future hedge management (2000-09)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
Journal of Environmental Management, 60(1) (pp. 101-118)
A systems approach to the research of people's relationships with English hedgerows (2000-08-15)
Oreszczyn, Sue
Landscape and Urban Planning, 50(1-3) (pp. 107-117)
How hedgerows and field margins are perceived by different interest groups (1999)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
Aspects of Applied Biology(54)
Understanding influences on farmers' practices (2013-09)
Lane, Andrew and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : Sustainable intensification: The pathway to low carbon farming? (25-27 September 2013, Edinburgh) (pp. 41-43)
Agri-environmental knowledge management and networks of practice: a workshop background paper (2012-09)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andy
In : Hedgerow Futures Conference (3-5 September 2012, Staffiordshire University, Stoke on Trent)
Recycling organic waste resources to land – communicating the issues (2009-10)
Thomas, Christine; Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue; Schiller, Frank and Yoxon, Mark
In : ISWA/APESB 2009 World Congress, Turning Waste into Ideas (12-15 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal)
Knowledge practices: doing cooperative research with civil society organisations (2009)
Hinchliffe, Stephen; Oreszczyn, Sue and Levidow, Les
In : Nordic Environmental Social Sciences (NESS) Conference (9-12 Jun 2009, London, UK)
Research on attitudes for policy development in organic resource management (2008-09)
Thomas, Christine; Schiller, Frank; Yoxon, Mark and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : Waste 2008 (19-21 September 2008, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK)
Farmer communities of practice and high tech futures (2006-04-05)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
In : The Rural Citizen: Governance, Culture and Wellbeing in the 21st Century (5-7 Apr 2006, Plymouth, UK)
Farmer communities of practice and high-tech futures (2006)
Oreszczyn, S. and Lane, A.B.
In : Plymouth Rural Futures Conference: The Rural citizen: governance, culture and wellbeing in the 21st Century (5-7 April 2006, Plymouth, UK)
Should farmers be landscape planners too? (2005)
Lane, A.B. and Oreszczyn, S.M.
In : Planning, people and practice: The landscape ecology of sustainable landscapes: Proceedings of the 13th Annual IALE(UK) Conference (13-15 September 2005, Northampton, UK)
Critical systems heuristics: a tool for the inclusion of ethics and values in complex policy decisions (2003)
Carr, Susan and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : Ethics as a Dimension of Agrifood Policy: Proceedings of the 4th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (20-22 March 2003, Toulouse, France)
Farmers' attitudes, perceptions and the management of field boundary vegetation on farmland (2002)
Morris, R. M.; Oreszczyn, S. M.; Stoate, C. and Lane, A. B.
In : Conservation Pays? Reconciling environmental benefits with profitable grassland systems: British Grassland Society Occasional Symposium No. 36 (15-17 April 2002, Lancaster, UK)
Hedgerows of different cultures: implications from a Canadian and English cross-cultural study (2001)
Oreszczyn, S. and Lane, A.B.
In : Proceedings of the 10th Annual IALE(UK) Conference (5-8 Sept 2001, Birmingham, UK)
The assessment and management of wildlife areas: what can Systems offer? (1997)
Lane, Andrew and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : 5th International Conference for the UK Systems Society - Systems for Sustainability: People, Organisations and Environments (July 7-11, 1997, Milton Keynes) (pp. 73-78)
Participative Approaches to Hedgerow Conservation (1999)
Oreszczyn, Sue
PhD thesis The Open University
Mapping knowledge exchange in the UK hedgerow management system: a report on a Workshop held at Hedgerow Futures, the first International Hedgelink Conference (2012-12)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
The Open University
The role of contexts in knowledge brokering systems (2012-01)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
The Open University
Cooperative research processes in CREPE (Cooperative research on Environmental Problems in Europe) (2011)
Oreszczyn, Sue; Levidow, Les and Hinchliffe, Stephen
The Open University, UK.
Attitudes to the use of organic waste resources to land (2009-12)
Thomas, Christine; Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue; Schiller, Frank and Yoxon, Mark
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Farmers' understandings of genetically modified crops within local communities (2007)
Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Swindon, UK.
Farmers' understandings of genetically modified crops within local communities (2007)
Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan
Precautionary Expertise for GM Crops: National Report – United Kingdom: Precaution as Process (2004-03)
Oreszczyn, Sue
Centre for Technology Strategy, The Open University
Precaution as Process (2004)
Oreszczyn, Sue
The Open University, UK.
Precautionary Expertise for GM Crops (PEG): National Workshop Report UK (2003-08)
Oreszczyn, Sue
Centre for Technology Strategy, The Open University

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