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Prof Janet Dwyer

Professor of Rural Policy

Janet is a Professor and an internationally-recognised academic with over 30 years’ experience in applied rural research, with expertise in the fields of sustainable rural development, agricultural and environmental policy at UK and EU levels. Chevron icon

Biography

Janet directs and undertakes applied research related to agriculture, the environment and rural development. Her research expertise centres on European and UK rural development policy and practice, with particular interest in integrated approaches, environmental sustainability and institutional adaptation.

She is well-known in policymaking circles in the UK and EU, has skills in facilitation and consensus-building, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Her work has influenced the development and design of agri-environmental and rural policies in England, Wales, Ireland and Malta, and at the European level within the European Commission’s DGs for Agriculture and rural development, Environment, and Climate.

She sits on a variety of NGO and government-sponsored policy advisory groups in England including Green Alliance, the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and Defra’s Rural Academic Panel, and is currently chairing Defra’s Nutrient Management Expert Group. Janet is a Director of Rural England CIC, and a Trustee of the Organic Research Centre and the Countryside and Community Foundation.

Qualifications

  • PhD Agricultural Economics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1990
  • MA Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1985.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Founder and steering group member of the Uplands Alliance
  • President-elect of UK Agricultural Economics Society from April 2019
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies
  • Member of the Academie d’Agriculture, Editorial Board of Environmental Science and Policy and Bio-based and Applied Economics

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Janet acts as a supervisor for postgraduate students and teaches at Masters level on Environmental decision-making and governance, part of the MSC in Applied Ecology and MA Landscape Architecture courses.

Research

Janet directs and undertakes research related to agriculture, the environment and rural development. Her research expertise centres on European and UK rural development policy and practice, with particular interest in integrated approaches, environmental sustainability and institutional adaptation. Janet is well-known in policymaking circles in the UK and EU, has skills in facilitation and consensus-building, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Publications

More publications from Prof Janet Dwyer can be found in the Research Repository.