Economically, socially and environmentally responsible development is the focus of Professor Robin Broad’s research. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an estimated 2 million people transitioned from chemical-intense agriculture to organic production. In order to better understand these shifts, Broad and co-author John Cavanagh conducted fieldwork with small-scale rice farmers in the Philippines, who have made this transition. Through interviews with over two-dozen farmers, Broad & Cavanagh were able to contextualize development theory and practice with on-the ground happenings. In their article "The Development and Agriculture Paradigms Transformed: Reflections from the Small-Scale Organic Rice Fields of the Philippines" the authors offer a reframing of the development debate through the lens of "vulnerability" versus "rootedness" in social, environmental and economic terms. They argue that food and farming are currently at the leading edge of the development debate and of the vulnerability versus rootedness frame. These findings were published in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of Peasant Studies.