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In our latest blog PhD research student Ian Merrell is enthusiastic about his first experience of the Transatlantic Rural Research Network’s annual get-together, hosted this year by Queen’s University Belfast.  Academics from Aberystwyth University (Wales), Cornell University (USA), the James Hutton Institute (Scotland), Penn State (USA) and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) came together in the city, along with seven representatives from CRE came together for two days of discussion and debate.

published on: 26th May 2016

New animal welfare research network launched

Newcastle researchers Dr Carmen Hubbard (Centre for Rural Economy), Dr Matt Leach (School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development) and Dr Lucy Asher (Institute of Neuroscience) are all founder members of a new Animal Welfare Research Network initiated and funded by BBSRC.  At the inaugural meeting of the network in May, over 100 academics and representatives from businesses, government departments and NGOs, came together to reflect on the challenges faced by the livestock industry in ensuring welfare standards, while also addressing complex issues such as sustainability, profitability and the demands of consumers.  Carmen Hubbard said: “A great strength of this new network is the breadth of experience and expertise that it brings together, not only across academia but from other sectors.  We hope to see it grow even further in the future and that colleagues at Newcastle and beyond will take the opportunity of joining.”

published on: 24th May 2016

Ensuring success in stakeholder involvement

Stakeholder involvement can bring benefits and result in new and creative solutions for environmental management, but sometimes it can go badly wrong if organisations don’t use the right approach.  CRE’s policy and practice note “Ensuring successful stakeholder engagement in environmental management” provides guidance that draws on the latest research.

published on: 19th May 2016

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