Dr Rebecca Wheeler
Lazenby House G.03
My current research focuses on a number of issues around sustainable agriculture, agri-environment schemes and farmer decision-making. In particular, I am working on the 'Opportunities and Risks for Farming and the Environment at Landscape Scales' project, which forms one of three strands contributing to Defra's Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP). SIP is investigating the potential for intensifying agricultural land management to produce more food whilst also improving environmental management.
I have a broad background in rural geography and environmental sustainability and completed my PhD, titled 'Experiences of Place and Change in Rural Landscapes: Three English case studies', in May 2015 (Plymouth University). This explored rural residents' experiences of, and attitudes towards, place-based changes - and the implications of these for processes of identity and place attachment - with a particular focus on existing wind farms.
Prior to my postgraduate studies, I worked as Climate SouthWest Project Officer for the Environment Agency, where I was involved in regional efforts to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and encourage adaptation action. I also hold an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management (Plymouth University) and a BSocSci in Social Anthropology (University of Manchester).
I have a broad range of research interests in the areas of rural studies and environmental geography. These include:
- Rural sustainability, agri-environment schemes and farmer decision-making;
- Social and cultural geographies of place and landscape, including heritage, temporality and the oral histories of everyday landscapes;
- Perceptions of renewable energy and environmental change;
- Ideas around 'nature' and hybridity.
- Mobile methodologies
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)