Increasing uptake of improved land management practice to benefit environment and landholders: insights through a transaction cost lens

Coggan, Anthea, Hay, Rachel, Jarvis, Diane, Eberhard, Rachel, and Colls, Barbara (2023) Increasing uptake of improved land management practice to benefit environment and landholders: insights through a transaction cost lens. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. (In Press)

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Transaction costs, related to either investigating improved land management practices (ILMP), engaging in adoption support programs for these practices and/or implementing changes on-ground, create barriers to ILMP adoption. Perceived and actual transaction costs have long been hypothesised as a potential barrier to grazier adoption of ILMPs in catchments to the Great Barrier Reef. Applying a framework derived from transaction cost theory, we assess this hypothesis. Through semi-structured interviews of a sample of participants in two ILMP programs, we find that ILMP adoption support program characteristics have a large influence on perceived and actual transaction costs of landholders seeking to engage in ILMP programs or adopt ILMPs. The importance of establishing and nurturing relationships between landholders and extension officers was also highlighted as critical to reducing landholder transaction costs. The degree to which relationships reduce transaction costs demonstrates the importance of fostering landholder leadership in ILMP program design as well as targeted extension in supporting adoption.

Item ID: 76838
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1360-0559
Keywords: land management; practice adoption; transaction costs; water quality; Great Barrier Reef
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Funders: Queensland Government’s Reef Water Quality Program, Office of the Great Barrier Reef (OGBR)
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 00:03
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300202 Agricultural land management @ 70%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 10%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410403 Environmental education and extension @ 20%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280101 Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences @ 80%
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1004 Livestock raising > 100401 Beef cattle @ 10%
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1005 Pasture, browse and fodder crops > 100501 Browse crops @ 10%
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