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Leading rural studies academic joins CRE

Newcastle University has further strengthened its expertise in agriculture and the rural economy with the appointment of Professor Sally Shortall. Professor Shortall has carried out a wealth of research on agriculture and food, rural development, governance and stakeholder engagement, both nationally and internationally, and takes up the key post of Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy at Newcastle University.  She comes to Newcastle from Queen’s University Belfast and will be based in CRE.

published on: 20th October 2016

Artist will document challenges facing dairy farmers in Northumberland

Animation director and film maker Gemma Burditt is the new CRE/Berwick Visual Arts Artist in Residence for the next six months.  This residency is also being supported by the Institute for Sustainability.  Gemma’s work examines human stories and how individuals negotiate their personal journeys through changes in the wider context, changes in political situations or conflict in personal truth versus societal expectations.  During her residency Gemma will work with researchers at Newcastle to document dairy farming in Northumberland, exploring the factors upon which their success depends at every scale, from disease and nutrients in the soil to current European policies and subsidies.

published on: 11th October 2016

New Professor of Rural Economy will share experiences of getting research into policy

Professor Sally Shortall will hit the ground running when she takes up her post as the new Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy on Wednesday 5 October.  On her very first day at Newcastle she will be speaking about getting research into policy at the launch of the University’s new Policy Academy.  Professor Shortall comes to Newcastle from Queen’s University Belfast, where she was Head of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.  The new Policy Academy aims to support all staff in informing policy which affects contemporary societal issues through knowledge exchange and communication of their research.  A few places are still available at the launch and any staff interested in attending should email

published on: 29th September 2016

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