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Social science PhD opportunity looking at policy evaluation

Applications are invited to undertake a social science PhD Studentship investigating how policy evaluation across the energy-environment-food nexus is accessed, used and informed by external stakeholders and wider publics. The studentship is sponsored by the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) and linked to the ESRC Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN).  The studentship will build on previous research reflecting on the nature of expertise, open policy making and evidence-based policy to consider: whose expertise counts within policy evaluation; how is stakeholder involvement managed and what methodological approaches are adopted; to what extent does it enhance the quality of the policy evaluation undertaken; and what happens when stakeholders use evaluations to challenge government.  Further details and information on how to apply are available on the Newcastle University website.

Closing date for applications is 9 January 2017.

published on: 23rd November 2016

How are young people in rural Britain affected by inequalities?

Researchers based in CRE are investigating the impacts of the 2008 economic crisis and its aftermath on young people in a sparsely populated rural area of England. Dr Niki Black, Dr Karen Scott and Prof Mark Shucksmith are looking at themes including key milestones from childhood to adulthood, and the available resources and opportunities and access to sources of welfare for young people. The project began in January 2016 and the researchers have carried out interviews and focus groups with young people aged 16 – 29 in Glendale, Berwick, Alnwick and Newcastle. They are now at the data analysis stage of the research project which runs until the beginning of April 2017. For further information contact Niki Black nicki.black@ncl.ac.uk.

published on: 23rd November 2016

What do emerging technologies offer rural areas?

Smart technology and the internet of things are terms that we hear bandied about increasingly.  Do they promise a better future for rural areas?  Or are there potential pitfalls?  CRE Associate Paul Cowie reflects on possible rural futures in our regular blog.

published on: 23rd November 2016

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