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CRPR Postgraduate Researcher, Adrian Colston, talks about his research on Dartmoor

Our research

We have a long track record of applied rural policy research. Our interdisciplinary team has experience of:

  • quantitative and qualitative socio-economic research
  • farm business economics
  • a range of data gathering techniques (including questionnaire surveys, face-to-face interviews, life/career/enterprise histories, discussion groups, and deliberative exercises)
  • policy development and analysis

Our research has been funded by a wide range of sponsors, including:

  • the ESRC
  • British Academy
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • Defra
  • Devon County Council
  • the NFU
  • RICS
  • environmental NGOs

You can find more information on current and completed projects and publications by following the links below.

Research projects

At any one time the Centre is engaged in a large number of different funded research projects. Find out more about our research projects.


We publish a great deal of research papers, policy documents, and other material. Find out more about our publications.

Research opportunities

We welcome applications from prospective PhD students and are currently taking applications for two fully funded PhD studentships linked to the DNFTA research project. Find our more about our research opportunities.

We are also recruiting for a postdoctoral research associate to within the CRPR. This is a 12-month full-time post starting on 1st January 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.