Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Sophie Tindale

Research Associate


I am an environmental social scientist with an interest in governance and management of natural resources. My work focuses on using qualitative methods to understand stakeholder systems and behaviours in relation to policy implementation and decision-making. I am keen to understand how natural environments can be managed sustainably, equitably and democratically. My current work focuses on sustianable delivery of grassland management and policies across Europe. 

Prior to joining the Centre for Rural Economy, I have worked as a researcher for the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, exploring ideas of integration in relation to delivery of water policy goals in Europe, as well as the way policy instruments in Scotland interact to shape the management of soil, water and biodiversity.  


PhD in Geography (Collaborative water management in the UK) from Durham University. 

MRes in Geography from Durham University.

BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography also from Durham University.  


I am currently working as a Research Associate for the SUPER-G project, which aims to co-develop sustainable permanent grassland systems and policies with farmers and policy makers across Europe that will be effective in optimising productivity, whilst supporting biodiversity and delivering a number of other public goods and services. SUPER-G is a 5-year (2018 - 2023), multi-actor project under the Horizon 2020 SFS-27-2017 call. The SUPER-G consortium is made up of 20 project partners and will involve 20 farm networks and 17 experimental platforms and field experiments across 5 biogeographical regions in Europe. 

I am working on using qualitative social science approaches to assess socio-economic aspects of grassland systems and management, analyse and develop sustainable policy options, and work with stakeholders to maximise impact through knowledge exchange. 

Outputs and impacts from SUPER-G include:

  • Better understanding of the importance and functioning of permanent grasslands
  • Increased availability and uptake of grassland management options and technologies
  • Improved competitiveness of farming systems based on or including permanent grassland
  • Development of agricultural and environmental policies that support optimal management of permanent grasslands to achieve multiple benefits