Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Andrew Donaldson

Senior Lecturer



Andrew has a background in natural and social sciences. His current work sits at the interface of Science and Technology Studies, Geography and Environmental Planning.

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Postgraduate Research


BSc (Hons) Biology, University of York
MSc (Distinction) Rural Resource and Countryside Management, Newcastle University
PhD, Newcastle University

Honours and Awards

Awarded 2008 Ashby Prize for most innovative paper in Environment and Planning A.


Research Interests

My research concerns 'more-than-human' problems and how these are made,  framed, envisioned and otherwise engaged with. Empirically, this work has focused on diseases (especially within the food chain), flooding and  land management.  It is now centred on food, urban infrastructures and pathological processes. Crosscutting themes running through my work include developing and contesting expertise, security, and the management of futures.

Research Projects

Making Provisions: anticipating food emergencies and assembling the food system (January 2015- April 2017) ESRC funded, Principal Investigator

Managing borderlands: adaptive decision making amongst specialists and non-specialists (April 2010 –January 2012) ESRC/BBSRC/NERC funded, Co-Investigator

Science in the Field: Understanding the Changing Role of Expertise in the Rural Economy (April 2008-September 2010) ESRC funded, Co-Investigator.

The Everyday Life of Surveillance, (2008-2010) ESRC funded seminar series, Co-Investigator.

Understanding Environmental Knowledge Controversies (March 2007-May 2010)

ESRC/BBSRC/NERC funded, Affiliated researcher and manager of Newcastle component.

Postgraduate Supervision


Jeongeun Chae "Community flood resilience in Korea and the UK"

Dhruv Sookhoo "Becoming planners and architects: the formation of perspectives on residential design quality"


Dr Tessa Holland "Navigating slow, 'fast' and crafted knowledges: knowing through Cittalsow" (Completed 2018)

Dr Alex Baker "The machinery of eviction: bailiffs, power, resistance and eviction enforcement practices in England and Wales" (Completed 2017)

Dr Helen Coulson  "Ecologies of care: an ethnographic study of collective urban food gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland" (Completed 2016)

Dr Paul Cowie "In-Migrant Networks and Knowledge Economies in Rural England" (Completed 2013)

Dr Elizabeth Charles "Community Supported Agriculture in North East England" (Completed 2012)

Dr Justin Armstrong "Veterinary Expertise in the Rural Economy and Policy Making" (Completed 2011)

Dr Richard Lee "Setting Science-Based International Food Standards: Defining Dietary Fibre in the Codex Alimentarius Commission" (Completed 2010)

Dr Katy Wilkinson "Bureaucracy and other stories: Organizing policymaking in DEFRA" (Completed 2009)

Dr Gary Bosworth "Entrepreneurial in-migrants and economic development in rural England" (Completed 2008)


Undergraduate Teaching

TCP2027 Research Skills

TCP3060 Food, Space and Polity

TCP3056 Disasters, Monsters and Mess (Module leader)


Postgraduate Teaching

TCP8929 Planning, Power and People (module leader)