News archive 2013-2015

The Centre for Rural Policy Research has produced a wealth of news stories over the years.  Those stories form part of and important archive of our work. Please email us if you require further information.

Manage family farms like football clubs to survive in tough world market

Exeter researcher Prof Lobley calls farmers to learn from football clubs

CSERGE expands to become a multi-institute Centre

The Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR) is linking up with UEA’s Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) with an operational base at the University of Exeter and continued links to the University of Anglia.

Ecosystem Services: Taking the Next Step

Ecosystem Services: Taking the Next Step.  Summary of Symposium held at the Mercure Southgate Hotel, 1 June 2015

Report lays bare public priorities for the natural environment

Public views on the challenges facing policy and decision makers to manage the natural environment have been revealed in a major national public dialogue project.

The Area Prize for New Research in Geography 2014, honorable mention

In April 2015, Research Fellow, Hannah Chiswell was delighted to receive honourable mention in The Area Prize for New Research in Geography 2014.

Farm Succession & Inheritance in Irish Agriculture

Teagasc/Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Conference, RDS, Dublin, 19 May 2015.  Matt Lobley will be speaking at this Conference in Dublin on 19 May 2015

New project to help farmers plan succession

A new initiative to help farmers effectively plan who will take over their farms is being announced at the Royal Cornwall Show on 5 June. The University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy in partnership with NFU Mutual, a leading rural insurer, and Cornwall’s Rural Business School have developed the first UK-wide academic study of succession farming. 

Ecosystem Services: Taking the Next Step. Symposium, 1 June 2015. Programme now available

We are hosting a one-day Symposium on ‘Ecosystem Services: Taking the Next Step’ at the Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter on 1 June 2015. 

England's treasured landscapes to benefit from new partnership

A pioneering partnership is being launched to care for some of England’s most beautiful and vulnerable high ground. The Uplands Alliance (UA) brings together for the first time practitioners, researchers and policy makers with interests in the highest areas of land, including treasured landscapes of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor.

CRPR in key roles as Defra Sustainable Intensification Research gathers pace

The Defra funded University of Exeter led Project 2 of the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) reaches an important phase this week.

Who cares about rural England's disadvantaged now?

This paper by CRPR Associate, Dr Gordon Morris, looks at the implications of the closure of the Commission for Rural Communities for disadvantaged people and places of rural England.

New teaching material to instruct undergraduates in the economics of animal health

In October 2014, at the second annual conference of the NEAT project held at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Keith Howe presented new teaching material designed for instructing undergraduate students in veterinary sciences in the economics of animal health.

Launch of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research

A series of projects to investigate ways to increase farm productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts (sustainable intensification) will receive £4.5 million from Defra. 

Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST). Conference, 4 September 2014

Professor Michael Winter will be speaking at this conference.  His talk is entitled 'From Agri-Environment Schemes to Sustainable Intensification'

England's 2000 Rural White Paper: Town council activities and a survey of town clerks

What's left, what's been done and what next?  These were questions addressed by Dr Gordon Morris, an Associate of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, in his paper in the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

Succession planning on farms can lead to business growth

That was the theme of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ annual conference and general meeting on 27 June where Matt Lobley was a key speaker.

Exeter social scientists play leading role in major environmental assessment

Social scientists in Politics at the University of Exeter played leading roles in a major new assessment of UK environment resources

Family business growth pilot prompts vision for national research hub

A national Rural Family Business Research Hub is being proposed for the West Country. The intention is to provide training, research and knowledge exchange.

Exmoor Society Spring Conference showcasing Exeter's research a success

In association with Exmoor Society Chairman, Rachel Thomas CBE, Keith Howe organised and chaired the Society's 2014 Spring Conference held on 13 April on the theme 'Discovering Exmoor: People and Place'.  

Two funded PhD Studentships available in the Centre for Rural Policy Research

Studentships are available from September 2014

Animal health decision making: new teaching methods for economics to be designed

There is a growing demand for the application of economics in animal health decision making, but economic concepts and tools to aid decision making are rarely taught to animal health professionals.

Agriculture: steps to sustainable livestock

With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. 

Rural researchers to take the temperature of public opinion on UK environmental change

Social scientists at the University of Exeter are working with environmental policy makers to explore public views on the future management of UK ecosystems.

Livestock can produce food that is better for people and for the planet

With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. Eight strategies to cut the environmental and economic costs of keeping livestock, such as cows, goats and sheep, while boosting the quantity and quality of the food produced, have been outlined by an international team of scientists.

Have you recently successfully defended your PhD at Exeter? Are you looking for post-doc funding?

7 January 2014
Open Call for Proposals - Centre for Rural Policy Research Post-Doctoral Research Fund