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16 January 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

James Whetlor founded Cabrito after keeping a few goats to solve a land management problem. He was cooking at River Cottage at the time and a few of the goats ended up on the menu. After seeing how well the kids sold, James thought perhaps there was a market for kid goat meat. Cabrito was created and has continued to grow a market for kid goat meat. All Cabrito kids are a by-product of the dairy industry and in the past would have been euthanized shortly after birth. In a world of dwindling resources and rising food prices Cabrito believe this cannot be justified. They now have a network of farms producing high quality meat from a previously wasted resource. James’ seminar will reflect on the development of his business and its mission, sharing his thoughts on the production and consumption of goat. Information about James’ book 'Goat' (2018) here: https://cabrito.co.uk/goat-book/. Full details
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20 February 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

Dr. Rachel Kaleta first trained as an ecologist, and went on to gain a Masters and PhD in Ethnobiology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research has focused on the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. She has conducted research on medicinal plant use by snake charmers in India, wild resource use in Morocco, and local food systems in the UK. Rachel’s current research is on socio-ecological food systems in the Tamar Valley. Rachel is a lecturer in Ecology and Ethnobotany at Eden Project Learning.. Full details
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20 March 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

David will explore how we might do academia differently to enhance the policy impact of our work. He will draw on a report on the role of research in the UK Parliament, co-authored with colleagues at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and UCL STEaPP, which gained insights from 157 MPs, Peers, and staff in Parliament. This report explored how individuals and groups in Parliament use research, and why particular types and sources of research are used more than others. Academic evidence was widely criticised for a number of reasons, including lack of timeliness, accessibility, and relevance, as well as its poor presentation. The talk will assess how academia can change to encourage the production of research which is more likely to influence policy David is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of East Anglia. He currently holds a Research Placement Fellowship at Defra and is seconded to the department for a day per week.. Full details
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