Professor Michael Winter
Telephone: 01392 723837
Professor & Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research
Michael is a rural policy specialist and a rural social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process. Within the University he is a member of the management boards for two research centres: Sport, Leisure & Tourism and Egenis.
He is a member of the National Ecosystem Assessment Expert Panel, chairs the north Devon Biosphere Partnership, is a Visiting Programme Director at Wilton Park (Foreign Office), a vice-President of Devon Community Council, a Fellow of North Wyke (Rothamsted Research), and chairs the Stakeholder Group for the Avon Demonstration Test Catchment. He is a former member of Defra’s Panel of Agricultural & Environmental Economists, DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council and of SWRDA's Panel of Economists and was a Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities for its inception in 2006 until its abolition in 2013. In 2000, he was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales chaired by Lord Burns. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.
His current research interests, among others, focus on rural policy analysis and governance with a specific focus on sustainable agro-food systems and food security; rural land use; the historical and contemporary sociology of west country agriculture; & farmer environmental attitudes and decision-making, particularly in the context of diffuse pollution and water quality.