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Perspectives and understandings of ‘good farming’ by Dr Amy Proctor

Dr Amy Proctor, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Hosted by Professor Sally Shortall

Agricultural policy is undergoing its biggest change in decades. The future of UK farming has become keenly debated, from controversies around international trade deals and standards to the re-orientation of farm subsidies towards a public-money-for-public-goods approach. Such proposed changes raise interesting questions about what it means to be a ‘good farmer’, and ‘good farming’ more broadly. This lecture will consider a range of perspectives to ask what ‘good’ in the context of UK farms and farming today means to groups at different ends of the supply chain.


Dr Amy Proctor joined the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University in 2008 following the completion of her PhD and first research position at the University of Hull. As a Social Scientist, her research interests centre upon the complexities of rural land and livestock management and the knowledge and expertise which underpin this. She is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher contributing to and leading projects for Defra, Natural England, the EU and the ESRC. Amy is currently Co-PI on a £1.5m Wellcome Trust-funded project on endemic livestock disease. She sits on the steering committee of the UKRI ‘Landscape Decisions Programme’ and in 2020 was invited by the Government Office for Science to contribute to the ‘Rebuilding a Resilient Britain’ Land Use Working Group.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.