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CRE prepares to welcome an eminent visitor

One of the world’s leading academics in the field of rural sociology, Professor Bettina Bock, will be spending a month visiting the Centre for Rural Economy in the forthcoming academic year.  Professor Bock is based both at Wageningen University and University of Groningen and is editor in chief of the prestigious journal Sociologia Ruralis.  Her research has focused on: rural entrepreneurship; governance and gender; production ethics; and, currently, the main challenge in Europe: spatial disparity and the marginalisation of rural areas, particularly the role of mobility and social innovation. Most of Prof Bock’s research is comparative and internationally oriented.   The visit is being funded under Newcastle University’s  University Research Committee Visiting Professors scheme which aims to bring academics who are eminent in their field to Newcastle to contribute to the work being carried out here.

published on: 17th August 2016

Researchers investigate the vital role of UK bogs

Researchers from Newcastle and Leeds universities, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Trust for Ornithology have been awarded almost half a million pounds by the Natural Environment Research Council’s Valuing Nature Programme to investigate ecosystems that are moving towards “tipping points” where they could rapidly collapse, no longer providing society with important services.  Professor Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University will be leading the research and the focus will be on bogs.  These important resources currently provide most of the UK’s drinking water and protect our climate by locking up carbon within the peat.  There is a danger that climate change and current land management practices may lead of rapid and costly loss of water quality and biodiversity, while contributing towards further climate change.  For more information contact mark.reed

published on: 17th August 2016

Have your say on the future of hill farming

Local people, artists, farmers and philosophers will be getting together in Mickleton Village Hall on Thursday 8th September between 2.30 pm and 5 pm to discuss “Hill Farming in the 21st Century”.  They will be debating some local solutions to national policy pressures in the rural uplands as part of a three-day Artists, Farmers and Philosophers symposium, organised to celebrate the conclusion of the £3 million HLF Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.  Everyone with an interest in the uplands is invited to attend the special session to have their say and hear from expert speakers.  Keynote speaker Lord Inglewood (Landowner, Member of The House of Lords) will discuss hill farming and the uplands. Dr Margaret Bradshaw MBE will explain the importance of grazing and hefting in preserving a biodiversity treasure - the Teesdale Assemblage of Flowering Plants. Kay and Tom Hutchinson, stars of TV & film documentary Addicted to Sheep, will talk about a year on their tenant farm and explain how the international response to the film has influenced them. Other speakers at this session include Lord Barnard, local farmer Richard Betton and Natural England board member Julia Aglionby. There are 100 free places available for this session and booking is required.  Register by calling: Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services on 01833 641010 or Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership on 03000 260842.

published on: 10th August 2016

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