School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Amy Proctor

Research Associate


PhD Geography (University of Hull, 2005)

BA (Hons) Geography, First Class (University of Hull, 2001)

Amy is an experienced social scientist whose research has focused on agricultural extension and rural expertise. She has particular interests in the role of advisers as knowledge brokers between science, rural policy and land management practitioners and the vernacular expertise of farmers and advisers and how such expertise is developed and exchanged.  

Amy is a researcher on the ESRC’s £3m Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus. This is a large and complex project where she has been leading efforts to develop the methodological framework underpinning the case study work of the centre and managing relationships with key partners across Government.

Amy is Co-I on the Defra-funded ‘Sustainable Intensification Platform’ (SIP) where she has been leading on engagement between Defra, the platform and advisory professionals, including organising, promoting and disseminating outputs from high-profile, interactive workshops.  Amy is also assistant coordinator of Landbridge, an ESRC funded knowledge exchange network for rural professionals which aims to provide a platform for interprofessional learning and debate among advisors from across the professions and to provide opportunities for two way exchange with the research community.

Amy is a member of AFRD's Athena SWAN Committee

For a full list of my publications please see my Google Scholar Profile


Amy's research has focused on agricultural extension and rural expertise. She also has interests in understanding the nature and and impact of knowledge exchange within research and how stakeholders engage in this process and to what effect. Amy helped to develop SIAM (Stakeholder Impact Analysis Matrix), an analytical tool for exploring how RELU has influenced policy and practice and how stakeholders engaged in the research programme.


Recent Research Projects and Contracts

Current PhD Students


Amy has led and been involved in teaching and supervision for the following undergraduate modules:

ACE1010      Environment and Land Use Field Course

ACE8047      Food and Rural Development Work Placement

ACE2061      Environmental Management Skills

ACE2066      Academic and Professional Skills 2

ACE8050      The contemporary Countryside

ACE3099       Agribusiness Management Dissertation