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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

News archive 2010-2013

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.

Results of CRPR research presented in Europe

Paul Brassley has recently visited Belgium and Sweden to present the results of a recently completed major ESRC research project. 

Empowering People and Shaping Policies for Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems Professor Michael Winter speaks at Wilton Park Conference, 7-9 October 2013

Michael Winter was one of two key introductory speakers at this three day conference held at Wilton Park.

Duchy Succession Planning Seminar, 26 November 2013

Matt Lobley is working with the Rural Business School at Duchy College to deliver an evening seminar on succession planning for family businesses. 

Understanding the cultural significance of UK ecosystems.

Over 80 people from the environmental policy and practice community have gathered at the University of Exeter for a two day conference exploring the cultural significance of UK ecosystems.

The Big Food Group: Who Are The Next Generation of Farmers?

Matt Lobley will be speaking at the second Big Food Group event in the 2013 taking place on Tuesday 4th June.

The Land and Human Wellbeing

Professor Michael Winter gave a presentation at a conference organised by the Joint Rural Issues Group of the Dioceses of Exeter and of Truro, and the Methodist Districts of Cornwall and of Plymouth and Exeter.

Global population expected to be 9 billion in 2050. How will agricultural systems cope?

Professor Michael Winter spoke at Wilton Park's fifth conference in the series 'Global agriculture, food and land use: the international policy challenges'.

Farmer attitudes to environmental management are shaped by a complex set of factors

A Research Report commissioned by Defra has revealed that farmers’ motivations and behaviour in connection with the environment management of their farms are influenced by multiple factors, and that financial inducement is a contributing, but not a sole, factor. 

UK 'needs serious debate' on GM crops

Professor Michael Winter, Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, gave a keynote speech at the Next Generation Conference at Bicton College.

World’s leading business experts to help boost family business growth in rural Devon and Somerset

One of Devon’s oldest family businesses has joined forces with the University of Exeter and a world class business school in Switzerland to pioneer a scheme which will benefit hundreds of rural family businesses across Devon and Somerset.

V2 Scholarships from the John Oldacre Foundation

The rising global population, climate change and a decline in production has seen both UK and international governments pressing for increased food production for the first time in 30 years. PhD scholar Hannah Chiswell is examining the impact this change of policy will have on British farmers and the challenges they face to meet it, thanks to funding from the John Oldacre Foundation.

Michael Winter appointed Fellow of North Wyke (Rothamsted Research)

In January 2013 Michael Winter was appointed a Fellow of North Wyke.

Leading Communities: Community-led Development in England’s Small Towns: the Market Towns Initiative

CRPR Associate, Gordon Morris has published an article in the Commonwealth Journal of Local Government entitled: Leading Communities: Community-led Development in England’s Small Towns: the Market Towns Initiative

Symposium is showcase for Centre research

A Symposium was held on 19 November to showcase the current research by staff and PhD students at Exeter University’s Centre for Rural Policy Research.

Professor Michael Winter appointed Chair of North Devon Biosphere Partnership

The North Devon Biosphere Partnership has announced that Professor Michael Winter OBE has been appointed as its new Chairman.

A celebration of food, farming and nature in Devon

On the 6th October a group of farmers and nature conservationists met at West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter to celebrate the work of farmers and food producers.

High level discussions at Highgrove

CRPR Co-Director Dr Matt Lobley was invited by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to speak at a seminar at Highgrove on 17 September. 

Farmers provide a sounding board for agricultural scientists on sustainable intensification

The Centre for Rural Policy Research has convened a special farmers' group to help inform the scientific basis of sustainable intensification. 

Exeter social scientists play leading role in new environmental assessment

Social Scientists in Politics at the University of Exeter have been appointed to leading roles in a major new assessment of UK environment resources.

Farm Succession: Challenging and uncertain future? Matt Lobley speaks at New Zealand summit and launches new book

Matt Lobley was the opening speaker at a Farm Succession Summit at Massey University, New Zealand.

New research shows agri-environment schemes improved by training

A research programme exploring the effectiveness and value for money of agri-environment schemes found that a relatively small amount of training for farmers could significantly improve their environmental outcome.

Dig for Victory or work together in a common cause? Michael Winter presents some food security challenges to the Women’s Food & Farming Union Conference on 12 April 2012

Professor Michael Winter is an invited speaker at this year’s Annual Conference of  the Women’s Food & Farming Union at Bicton College in Devon.

Town partnerships might hold the key to making the "Big Society" more than a catchy phrase.

Newly qualified PhD student and now Associate of CRPR, Dr Gordon Morris, will suggest this idea to a Northern Rural Network Seminar at Newcastle University on 17 April 2012.

Swiss workshop on the economic evaluation of animal disease surveillance

On 30 March 2012, Keith Howe together with Barbara Häsler and Katharina Stärk from the Royal Veterinary College, London University, led a one-day workshop for the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (BVET) at its Bern headquarters on the economic evaluation of animal disease surveillance.

A future for farmed uplands

The distinctiveness and future of the South West’s farmed uplands is under discussion following recent research by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy and Research.

Honorary Research Fellowship for Keith Howe

Keith Howe has been pleased to accept an invitation to become an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Veterinary College, London University, for 2012-14.

Ethical Issues in Agriculture - workshop is a success

Professor Michael Winter participated in an EGENIS Workshop at Exeter University on Ethical Issues in Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops and the Organic Movement.

Exeter research highlights importance of Cornwall's food and drink industry

Research on the agriculture and food and drink of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly confirms just how vital these industries are to the area

Keith Howe invited speaker at the Agricultural Economics Society/Defra Conference

Keith Howe and Barbara Haesler (Royal Veterinary College) will present their paper Economics of Surveillance: From Principles to Practice, at the Agricultural Economics Society/Defra one-day conference on 15 December.

A wider perspective on animal health and welfare

Keith Howe was invited by Duchy College to speak to students and staff on 10 November 2011

UK scientists come together to help feed the 7 billion

The Universities of Exeter and Bristol, in partnership with Rothamsted Research have officially joined forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: how can we sustainably feed a growing population?

Grant Success

The Centre for Rural Policy Research is part of a £300,000 Defra funded Consortium responsible for establishing and co-ordinating an 'Ecosystems Knowledge Exchange Network' over the next two years.

CRPR student secures ESRC business placement at Exmoor National Park

An Exeter CRPR PhD student, Tim Wilkinson, has won an ESRC Business Placement to work alongside Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA). Worth £7,000, this placement will directly intervene in executive strategising over the short to medium term through generating quantitative data about ‘non-visitors’ to Exmoor National Park.

Rob Fish invited speaker at China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network

Rob Fish has been invited to speak at the China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network meeting in Beijing during mid-September.

UK scientists tackle food security

The Universities of Exeter and Bristol, in partnership with Rothamsted Research are joining forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: how can we feed a growing population?

Towards 2026: The Prospects for Farming and Rural Enterprise

The national and international context of farming and rural enterprise was the subject of Professor Michael Winter's presentation at this seminar held at Bicton College on 27 July.

Food security research at Exeter

Professor Michael Winter has written a post on the University blog outlining the strategic development of research into the gloabl issue of food security.

The ecosystem services approach. Paper given at national conference.

Michael Winter is the opening speaker today at the Annual Conference of the Catchment Change Network held in Birmingham.

Report reveals value of nature to UK economy

The University of Exeter has contributed to research that reveals that nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy.

Is big better in farming?

Are small family farms essential to the character of Britain? This was one of the questions posed at a recent meeting of the Family Farmers Association (FFA), held at Westminster.

Looking on the bright side

Farming has a viable future in the South West according to a recent survey of the farming community at the Devon County Show.

Emeritus Professor receives Award for Excellence

Emeritus Professor John McInerney was presented with an Award for Excellence for outstanding contribution to the profession at the 86th Agricultural Economics Society Conference at the University of Warwick in April.

Is bigger better in farming?

Matt Lobley will address this question to an open meeting of the Family Farmers’ Association in the House of Commons, Westminster on 18 May.

Conference paper on the economics of disease mitigation: a case study of bovine virus diarrhoea was presented at international conference

This paper, co-authored by Dr Keith Howe and Barbara Haesler of the Royal Veterinary College, was presented at the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Leipzig, Germany in March 2011.

Research informs new government policy on hill farming

Funding of up to £26 million to support hill farmers and help some of England’s rural communities to thrive was unveiled by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Caroline Spelman.

Family Farms: Endangered species or booming business?

Dr Matt Lobley was interviewed for BBC's Farming Today programme on one of his specialisms, the future of family farms.

85th Annual Agricultural Economics Society Conference

The 85th Annual Agricultural Economics Society Conference will be held at the University of Warwick, 18-20 April 2011.

Supporting Biodiversity in the South West

Dr Matt Lobley was guest speaker at an information day run by the Heritage Lottery Fund for Natural Heritage organisations.

Securing a Positive Future for England’s Uplands

Professor Michael Winter spoke at this Consultation on the English Uplands, their value and potential to the economy and to the environment.

Royal Veterinary College presentation

On December 7th, 2010, Keith Howe and John McInerney gave a presentation on the theme “What economics can do” to an international workshop on the “Economics of animal health and welfare".

Dr Duncan Russel gives evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee

Dr Russel was invited to provide oral evidence for the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) inquiry on ‘Embedding Sustainable Development across Government.’

The South West Uplands Seminar: A future for our farmed uplands?

Upland areas of England are now being recognised for the significant public benefits they provide.  This statement is particularly true for Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor in South West England.  With that in mind the Centre for Rural Policy Research, together with the South West Uplands Federation (SWUF), convened a Seminar at Westpoint on 29 October.

Professor Michael Winter one of the keynote speakers at Faith & the Future of the Countryside Conference

Professor Winter spoke at this major ecumenical conference exploring the sustainability of rural communities and their churches, and making recommendations for their future.