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The key role of farm advisers in sustainable intensification

As farmers are required to produce more and more from their land the skills and knowledge of the farm adviser are becoming more important than ever.  Sustainable intensification is an important approach for farmers and all land professionals but how practical or useful are the techniques and tools being developed, and how willing will clients be to adopt new systems? In association with the SIP, landbridge will be hosting a workshop at Nafferton Farm in Northumberland on 8th September 2016, with opportunities for advisers to explore these issues and learn more about the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform. 

For further details please see here or to book your place, contact Amy Proctor at landbridge by 12th August 2016

published on: 21st July 2016

PhD studentship on stakeholder involvement in agri-food and environmental policy evaluation

Newcastle University’s Institute for Agri-Food Research is sponsoring a social science studentship linked to the UK’s Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). This studentship will contribute to CECAN objectives by exploring how policy evaluation has been accessed, used and informed by external stakeholders and wider publics.  The successful PhD student will consider stakeholder involvement in nexus policy evaluation including its framing, conduct and utilisation.  Their research will build on existing work reflecting on the nature of expertise, open policy making and debates around impact and evidence-based policy, and will consider issues such as: whose expertise counts within policy evaluation and how is stakeholder involvement managed; to what extent does it enhance the quality of the policy evaluation undertaken and what happens when stakeholders use evaluations to challenge government.  The student will work within the Centre for Rural Economy.  The studentship will start on 1 October 2016 and applications should be made by 1 September 2016.  For further information and details of how to apply please see the Newcastle University website

published on: 15th July 2016

Unique rural economy research opportunity

Do you have a PhD or be nearing completion of one in economics, business management, human geography, rural development, sociology or a related discipline?  Do you want to work on a new research project designed to improve the fortunes of rural micro, small and medium sized enterprises?  The Centre for Rural Economy is recruiting a Research Assistant/Associate in Rural Enterprise   for Rural Enterprise UK, an integrated suite of research, knowledge exchange and implementation activities built upon extensive consultation with UK Government departments, enterprise agencies, business organisations and other partners. The project aims to analyse and disseminate evidence of growth opportunities and challenges for businesses in UK’s rural areas; identify solutions to overcome impediments to raising productivity in rural areas and foster rural business development and growth. For informal enquiries contact the PI Jeremy Phillipson email

Closing date for applications is 5 August 2016 

published on: 13th July 2016

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