Centre for Rural Economy


Landbridge: A knowledge exchange network for rural professionals

Landbridge was a knowledge exchange network for rural professionals. Its aims were to provide a platform for inter-professional learning and debate among advisors from across the professions and to provide opportunities for two way exchange with the research community. The network involved rural professionals from the public, private and third sectors. They included, for example, land agents, veterinarians, agronomists, ecologists and environmental advisers, renewable energy consultants, agricultural lawyers, planners, forestry advisers, archaeologists, game advisers, rural finance specialists, business advisers, feed advisers and nutritionists, solicitors, water engineers etc.

Landbridge was set up in conjunction with active rural professionals. The network was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme and the Living with Environmental Change Partnership. It was advised by a panel of professionals from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the British Veterinary Association and the Agricultural Industries Confederation. The project was developed out of the findings from the project ‘Science in the Field: Understanding the changing role of expertise in the rural economy’.

website:  http://www.relu.ac.uk/landbridge/index.html