Student colloquium: 'New Entrant Farmers in the Context of the Greek Debt Crisis' by Konstantinos Karanasios

You are invited to join the colloquium of Konstantinos Karanasios, which will take place on Tuesday June 27, 10:00–10:30 AM in room C70 (Leeuwenborch). Konstantinos Karanasios comes from Greece and studies Farming Systems Ecology. He is also involved in the MSc Track Entrepreneurship. Please find below a topic description of his thesis topic, supervised by Thomas Lans.

Organised by Education and Learning Sciences

Tue 27 June 2017 10:00

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C70

New Entrant Farmers in the Context of the Greek Debt Crisis: Identifying Antecedents and Outcomes of the Underlying Entrepreneurial Learning Process

The focus group of this thesis are the crisis-led new entrant farmers in Greece. In other words, the cohorts of Greek people who, seeking a refugee from the debt-crisis ravaging the country or/and recognising a window for opportunity in agriculture, get involved into farming by establishing their own farm ventures without having a relevant prior professional experience with agriculture. 

Due to the economic and productive restructuring of agriculture new entrant farmers are encouraged to see themselves as entrepreneurs identifying and pursuing business opportunities. Thus, they increasingly require agricultural entrepreneurship and the subsequent entrepreneurial behaviour, which are the outcome of an underlying learning process​. 

This learning process , in terms of influencing factors, learning related activities and outcomes, is what I examined by conducting 18 semi-structured interviews with new entrant farmers,  applying the critical incidents technique and based on the 3-P model of workplace learning.