Ruralis is an organisation that carries out mostly applied social research. The institute contributes knowledge and information to the political and administrative processes in Norway. However, Ruralis also has a special national mission as the Norwegian node in an international university network of rural sociology. In this way, we are looking inwards at problems of our own field, while we are also reaching out to the main discussion in the scientific community at large.
Ruralis’ main task is related to T3.2 “Modelling mixed farming system options”, which Ruralis is co-leading. The bio-economic farm model FarmDyn (http://www.ilr.uni-bonn.de/em/rsrch/farmdyn/farmdyn_e.htm) will be adapted and applied to mixed dairy farms in Norway and other DairyMix partner countries. FarmDyn has been successfully applied in the ERA-NET funded project SustainBeef (Mosnier et al. 2021. Evaluation of the contribution of 16 European beef production systems to food security. Agricultural Systems, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2021.103088).