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Florian Payen

Florian Payen

PhD Student

Land Economy, Environment & Society

Sustainable Ecosystems

Research interests 

I am interested in the challenges of climate change mitigation in the agriculture sector. My research aims at identifying the different barriers that could prevent the implementation of agricultural management practices allowing for soil carbon sequestration. More precisely, it seeks to understand the underlying socioeconomic factors for the adoption of these practices by farmers, with the purpose of improving mitigation policy design. 

My research interests include:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology
  • Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils
  • Soil management practices
  • Food security

Alongside, I have developed an interest in climate change adaptation in viticulture. I have worked on projects investigating the impacts of climate change on grapes and vines in France and how to adapt vineyard management to mitigate these impacts.

Selected research projects

  • Exploring technical, economic and behavioural barriers to global soil carbon sequestration (PhD). This PhD is part of the NERC-funded project Soils-R-GGREAT (Soils Research to deliver Greenhouse Gas Removals and Abatement Technologies).
  • Climate change impacts and vineyard management in Burgundy: What prospects for the adaptation of the wine sector? (MSc).

PhD supervisors

  • Dr Michael MacLeod
  • Prof Dominic Moran
    The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Matthew Aitkenhead
    The James Hutton Institute


I have taught and demonstrated on a couple of courses at the University of Edinburgh, including Sustainability, Society and Environment (tutoring) and Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability (marking).

Florian Payen

PhD student

Address: Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

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