Staff Profiles: Countryside and Community Research Institute

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Dr. Robert Berry

Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Geodata scientist specialising in the application of geographical information systems (GIS) in environmental and rural research.

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Dr. Jasmine Black

Research Assistant

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Jasmine works with farmers, growers, researchers and policy makers to create more sustainable ways of producing food and enhancing above and below ground biodiversity.

Dilshaad Bundhoo

Dr. Dilshaad Bundhoo

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Psychological Sciences

Dilshaad's passion for learning and understanding the world has led her from Mauritius to pursue studies and research in a range of disciplines from Fundamental and Environmental Chemistry to Ecological Economics, Political and Social Sciences across the continents. As a pragmatist, she is keen to develop socially-sensitive tools for dealing with contentious sustainability issues.

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Dr. Hannah Chiswell

Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Hannah is a rural social scientist, with a broad interest in primary producers' behaviour in response to policy, and the implications for our land, seas and the wider environment. Her diverse research interests are united by a common aim to engage with stakeholders in complex policy areas.

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Prof. Janet Dwyer

Professor of Rural Policy and Director of CCRI

Environmental Sciences

Director of the CCRI and an academic with over 30 years’ experience in applied rural research with expertise in the field of rural, agricultural and environmental policy at UK and EU levels.

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Dr. Julie Ingram

Reader in Sustainable Agri-Environmental Systems

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Julie's research interests are concerned with Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems particularly with respect to agricultural advisory services.

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Dr. Daniel Keech

Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

My research covers European urban and alternative food networks, Anglo-German cultural geography and trans-disciplinary methods which link art and social science.

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Dr. Amr Khafagy

Research Assistant

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Amr’s background is in financial economics, where he worked on the political economy of finance, financial regulations, cooperative economics, and the effect of the financial sector on income and wealth distribution.

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Katarina Kubinakova

Research Assistant

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Katarina's expertise is predominantly in rural and community development and she has developed a range of research skills throughout her academic and practice based career.

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Nick Lewis

Research Assistant

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Nick is regularly involved in a range of projects and has become a key member of the team with expertise in numerous areas that he has developed though support provided to the varied activities that the CCRI undertakes.

Prof. Damian Maye

Prof. Damian Maye

Professor of Agri-Food Studies

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Damian is a rural geographer with research interests primarily associated with agri-food sustainability, farm supply chains and alternative food networks.

Dr. Nenia Micha

Dr. Nenia Micha

Senior Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Nenia has experience in empirical, behavioural studies and econometric techniques, as well as in multi-stakeholder research, cognitive maps and ArcGIS use.

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Jane Mills

Reader in Agri-Environmental Behaviours

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Jane's main research interests focus on the social and economic aspects of agri-environmental policy, agricultural change and environmental management.

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Dr. Matt Reed

Reader in Food Citizenship

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Social Sciences

Matt is a sociologist with research interests in how and why social change takes place around food. He has worked at the CCRI since 2007 and is currently working on a range of projects. He has research interests in the farming family, rural communities, social networks, fishing communities and the changing technologies of food.

Chris Short

Chris Short

Reader in Environmental Governance

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

I am fascinated by changes in our understanding in and the management of land at various scales as we respond to the challenges of climate change and environmental decline.

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Dr. Philip Staddon

Principal Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

An ecologist by training, Phil has over 16 years’ experience in environmental change research. Phil is interested in the impacts of climate change on natural ecosystems and human health. He also works on climate change adaptation, agriculture impacts and landscape changes.

Dr. Julie Urquhart

Dr. Julie Urquhart

Senior Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

My research focuses on human-environment relationships, particularly around natural resource management, spanning forestry, fisheries and agriculture.

Dr. Mauro Vigani

Dr. Mauro Vigani

Senior Research Fellow

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Environmental Sciences

Mauro is an applied economist, with experience in econometric analysis, survey design and primary data collection.