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People and the land: understanding the family farm

This is the inaugural lecture from Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy, Newcastle University. It features an introduction by the Duke of Northumberland.

Date/Time: Thursday 16 November 2017, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

When we think about farming, we tend to think of the mechanics of agriculture. Yet it is people who farm, and in most of Europe it is families.

This lecture, by Sally Shortall, highlights the need for a social science perspective to consider how family dynamics shape farming practices.

It considers how the family and farm interact, with examples of:

  • ageing farmers
  • new entrants
  • gender inequalities

An understanding of the social dimensions of farming is key to a successful industry.

Free admission 

All seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sally Shortall
Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy, Newcastle University