The Centre for Rural Policy Research encompasses academic staff drawn from a number of disciplines across the University.

Principal Centre staff

The Centre's principal research and administrative staff are based within the Politics department, part of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Professor Matt Lobley Co-Director, Professor, Politics
Professor Harry G West Co-Director, Professor, Anthropology
Professor Michael Winter Chair of Management Board, Professor, Politics
Professor Stewart Barr Professor of Geography
Dr David Benson Associate Professor, Politics (Cornwall)
Professor Steffen Boehm Professor in Organisation and Sustainability (Cornwall)
Professor Henry Buller Professor of Human Geography
Dr Angela Cassidy Lecturer, Politics
Professor Claire Dunlop

Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Dr Steve Guilbert

Research Fellow
Dr Keith Howe Senior Research Fellow
Professor Jo Little Professor in Gender and Geography
Dr Ian Merrell Associate Research Fellow
Dr Caroline Nye Research Fellow
Professor Stefano Pascucci Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy
Dr Carolyn Petersen Associate Research Fellow
Dr Celia Plender Lecturer, Anthropology
Professor Duncan Russel Professor, Politics
Dr Clare Saunders Associate Professor, Environment & Sustainability Institute (Cornwall)
Dr Karen Scott Senior Lecturer, Environment & Sustainability Institute (Cornwall)
Dr Eva Thomann Senior Lecturer
Emma Tranter PA to Directors and Administrator
Dr Rebecca Wheeler Research Fellow
Dr Tim Wilkinson Research Fellow
Dr Joanie Willett Lecturer, Politics (Cornwall)
Dr Hugh Williamson Research Fellow

Other staff

The Centre for Rural Policy Research receives input from a number of University of Exeter academics from other departments and disciplines, plus visiting staff from other institutions.

The Centre is also home to a number of PhD researchers, and is guided by an expert Advisory Board.

NamePhD title
Charlotte-Anne Chivers

Exploring the credibility, relevance and legitimacy of environmental advice provisioning surrounding diffuse water pollution from agriculture

Jen Clements

The Cornish agri-environment: attitudes, values and behaviour in uncertain times

Adrian Colston

Stakeholder attitudes to the Dartmoor Commons: tradition, conflict and the search for consensus in an age of atmospheric pollution and climate change

Beth Dooley

The Rowan Johnstone PhD Studentship: Reorientating change: an ethnographic look at how farmer discussion groups within the South West promote social learning and build resilience

Jessica Fagin

Of Meat and Men: Policy, Class and Gendering Heritage in British Abattoirs

Jed Hilton

The Chef as Activist: The Changing Role and Activism of Contemporary Chefs

Tracey Hooper

Starting September 2019

William Jaggard

Painfully delicious: What producing and consuming chilli says about individual identity in British society

Megan Larmer

Towards an edible ethic: land-use, gastronomy, and the politics of rurality in the Hudson Valley 

Polly Lord The application of employment law in agriculture
Aoife Maher

Exploring the barriers to alternative horticultural uses for grazing lands

Eimear Mc Loughlin Slaughterhouse Culture: An Ethnography of Animal Slaughter in Denmark
Virginia Thomas Navigating the landscapes and boundaries of rewilding

Recently completed PhDs

NamePhD title
Hannah Chiswell Rising to the Food Security Challenge:  An Investigation into the Impact of the Food Security Agenda on Farmers and their Successors in the South West of England.
Georgina Crossman The Organisational Landscape of the English Horse Industry: a Contrast with Sweden and the Netherlands.
Pedro Andrés Garzon Delvaux Woodfuel Supply Chain Integration in the South West of England; A Transaction Costs Approach to Bioenergy Development
Nicholas Kirsop-Taylor Land use Futures - An Ecosystem Services Approach to the 'Land between the Moors'
Gordon Morris People Helping People - An Assessment of the Market Towns and Related Initiatives and the Extent to Which they Addressed Rural Poverty.
Colin Nolden Building Capacity for Climate Change Actions in Rural Communities.
Caroline Nye The John Oldacre Foundation PhD Studentship: Agricultural Labour in the UK: Change and Challenge in the Transition to Sustainable Intensification
Lauren Parry Policy and Practice for the Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands.
Celia Plender Food Co-ops in Austerity Britain: Negotiating politics, aid and care in changing times
Justin Pollard The Importance of Being There: Understanding Social Capital to Evaluate Sustainability - An Ethnographic Approach.
Tom Richardson
Science and the Politics of Sustainability: An Analysis of Four Research-Council Funded Bioenergy Projects.
Tim Wilkinson Perceptions of Exmoor
Cheryl Willis Harnessing Nature’s Benefits: Problems and Prospects for Recognising the Environmental Basis of Regional Tourist Economies.
Emma-Jayne Abbots Honorary Senior Lecturer  
Andrew Bell Honorary Research Fellow North Devon Biosphere and Forestry Commission
Dr Paul Brassley Honorary Research Fellow Freelance Researcher
Dr Paul Cleave Honorary Research Fellow  
Professor Adrian Collins Honorary Professor Rothamsted Research
Dr Katharina Graf Honorary Research Fellow SOAS Food Studies Centre
Professor Rosie Hails Honorary Professor The National Trust
Dr Matt Heard Honorary Professor CEH
Professor Natarajan Ishwaran Honorary Professor HIST-UNESCO
Professor John McInerney Emeritus Professor  
Mark Robins Honorary Research Fellow RSPB
Richard Soffe Honorary Senior Research Fellow Duchy College Rural Business School
Dr Nick Sotherton Honorary University Fellow Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Nigel Stone Honorary Research Fellow Former Chief Executive, Exmoor National Park
Sir Harry Studholme Honorary Professor Chair of the Forestry Commission
Martyn Warren Honorary Research Fellow Consultant
Dr Nicholas Aebischer Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr David Baines Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Jen Brewin Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Allan Butler Research Associate Royal Agricultural University
Dr Roos Den Uyl Research Associate PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Dr Julie Ewald Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Stephen Gregory Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Andrew Hoodless Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Rasmus Lauridsen Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Lauren Mattingley Research Associate Salmon & Trout Conservation UK
Dr Niamh McHugh Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Gordon Morris Research Associate Freelance Researcher
Dr Caroline Nye Research Associate The Donkey Sanctuary
Dr Jonathan Reynolds Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dr Rufus Sage Research Associate Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

More information about our advisory board will follow soon.