BA (Hons) Geography, PhD (Agricultural Geography), CGeog; FRGS

Email: bilbery@glos.ac.uk

Profile
Brian Ilbery joined the CCRI in 2006 as Professor of Rural Studies after holding positions as Dean and Associate Dean at the University of Coventry. He retired from the CCRI in December 2013 after a long and distinguished career in rural research for which he has a well deserved international reputation.

Brian’s research has been extensive within the areas of agriculture and food, from the intricacies of land tenure, the business of farm diversification and the study of animal and plant disease, to the broader issues of how we produce and consume food, agricultural change and rural policy. He has been a prolific and much respected author in all of these areas. He has held many public positions, working with the Regional Development Agencies and research councils internationally and currently sits on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s ‘Bioscience for Society’ Strategy Panel.

In March 2014 the title of ‘Emeritus Professor’ was conferred on Brian by the University of Gloucestershire.

Recent Publications

Ilbery, B., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Prince, N. (2012) Non-successional entry into UK farming: an examination of two government-supported schemes. In: Lobley, M., Baker, J. and Whitehead, I. (eds) Keeping it in the family: international perspectives on succession and retirement on family farms. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 111-128.

Maye, D. and Ilbery, B. (2012) Changing geographies of food production. In: Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. and Sidaway, J. (eds) An introduction to human geography. Fourth Edition. Pearson Educational, Harlow, 314-333.

Ilbery, B. (2011) Assessing the sustainability of alternative food networks. In Traversac, J-B., Aubrey, C. and Kebir, L. (eds) Short supply chains, sustainable development and territories. Springer Publications, Paris.

Ilbery, B. (2011) Land use and agricultural tenure. In Curry, N. and Moseley, M. (eds) A quarter century of change in rural Britain and Europe. Countryside and Community Press, Cheltenham, pp. 144-158.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2010) Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UK. In: Coe, N. and Jones, A. (eds) The economic geography of the UK, Sage, London, pp. 166-180.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Watts, D. and Holloway, L. (2010) Property, ownership and landlord-tenant relationships in English agriculture. In: Winchell, D., Ramsey, D., Koster, R. and Robinson, G. (eds) Geographical perspectives on sustainable rural change. Eastern Washington University Press, Spokane, pp. 41-60.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2010) The changing dynamics of organic farming in England and Wales. In: Mose, I., Robinson, G., Schmied, D. and Wilson, G. (eds) Globalisation and rural transitions in Germany and the UK, Cuviller Verlag, Göttingen, pp. 71-92.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2008) Changing geographies of food consumption and production. In Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. and Sidaway, J. (eds.) Human geography: issues for the 21st century (third edition), Pearson pp. 159-179 .

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2008) Placing local foods in a cross-border setting. In: Stringer, C. and Le Heron, R. (eds.) Agri-food commodity chains and globalising networks, Ashgate pp. 121-136.

Watts, D., Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2008) Making re-connections in agro-food geography: alternative systems of food provision. In Munton, R. (ed) The Rural: critical essays in human geography. Ashgate,. 165-183. Part of the series, Agnew, J. (ed) Contemporary Foundations of Space and Place.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Watts, D. and Holloway, L. (2007) Single farm payments diversification and tenant farming in England. In: Clout, H. (ed) Contemporary rural geographies: land,property and resources in Britain, Routledge, pp.149-167.

Watts, D., Ilbery, B. and Jones, G. (2007) Networking practices among alternative food producers in England's West Midlands region. In: Maye, D., Holloway, L. and Kneafsey, M. (eds.) Alternative food geographies: representation and practice, Elsevier, pp. 289-307.

Maye, D. and Ilbery, B. (2007) Regionalisation, local foods and supply chain governance: a case study from Northumberland. In Maye, D., Holloway, L. and Kneafsey, M. (eds.) Alternative food geographies: representation and practice, Elsevier, pp. 149-167.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2005) Alternative or conventional? An examination of specialist livestock production systems in the Scottish-English borders. In: Essex, S., Gilg, A. and Yarwood, R. (eds.) Rural change and sustainability: agriculture, the environment and communities, CABI, Wallingford, pp. 85-106.

Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2014) Explaining regional and local differences in organic farming in England and Wales: a comparison of south west Wales and south east England. Regional Studies Available online April 2014

Kings, D. and Ilbery, B. (2014) The lifeworlds of organic and conventional farmers in central-southern England: a phenomenological enquiry. Sociologia Ruralis (forthcoming)

Smith, J., Maye, D. and Ilbery, B. (2014) The traditional food market and place: new insights into fresh food provisioning in England. Area (forthcoming).

Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Assessing farmer confidence in badger vaccination: some findings from a survey of cattle farmers in England. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8, 49-64.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Ingram, J. and Little, R. (2013) Risk and plant disease management: supply chain perspectives in the UK wheat sector. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8, 1-14.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Ingram, J. and Little, R. (2013) Risk perception, crop protection and plant disease in the UK wheat sector Geoforum, 50, 129-137.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2013) Grassroots social innovations and food localisation: an investigation of the Local Food programme in England. Global Environmental Change. 23, 830-837.

Pautasso, P., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Ilbery, B., Jeger, M., Jones, J., Little, R., MacLeod, A., Maye, D., Parker, S., Pietravalle, S., and Mills, P. (2013) Plant health challenges for a sustainable land use and rural economy. CAB Reviews, in press, doi: 10.1079/PAVSNNR20127063.

Calleja, E., Ilbery, B., Spence, N. and Mills, P. (2013) The effectiveness of phytosanitary controls in preventing the entry of c. acutatum in the UK strawberry sector. Plant Pathology, 62, 266-278.

Calleja, E., Ilbery, B. and Mills, P. (2012) Agricultural change and the rise of the British strawberry industry, 1920-2009. Journal of Rural Studies, 28, 603-611

Ilbery, B. (2012) Interrogating food security and infectious animal and plant diseases: a critical introduction. The Geographical Journal, 178, 308-312

Maye, D., Ilbery, B. and Little, R. (2012) Rationalising risk: grower strategies to manage plant disease in the UK wheat and potato sectors. The Geographical Journal, 178, 338–347.

Little, J., Ilbery, B., Watts, D., Gilg, A. and Simpson, S. (2012) Regionalisation and the rescaling of agro-food governance: case study evidence from two English regions. Political Geography, 31, 83-93.

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2012) The spatial distribution of bovine tuberculosis in England. Geography, 97, 2, 68-77.

Enticott, G., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2012) Farmers’ confidence in vaccinating badgers against bovine Tuberculosis. Veterinary Record, 170, Published Online First: 11 January 2012 doi:10.1136/vr.100079.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Little, R. (2012) Plant disease risk and grower-agronomist perceptions and relationships: an analysis of the UK potato and wheat sectors. Applied Geography, 34, 306-315.

Ilbery, B. and Saxena, G. (2011) Integrated rural tourism in the English-Welsh cross-border region: an analysis of strategic, administrative and personal challenges. Regional Studies, 45, 1139-1155.

Mills, P., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Ilbery, B., Jeger, M., Jones, G., Little, R., MacLeod, A., Parker, S., Pautasso, M., Pietravalle, S. and Maye, D. (2011) Integrating natural and social science perspectives on plant disease management and policy formulation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 366, 2035-2044.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2011) Clustering and the spatial distribution of organic farming in England and Wales. Area, 43, 31-41.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Watts, D. and Holloway, L. (2010) Property matters: agricultural restructuring and changing landlord-tenant relationships in England. Geoforum, 41, 423-434.

Little, R., Maye, D. and Ilbery, B. (2010) Collective purchase: moving local and organic foods beyond the niche market. Environment and Planning A, 42, 1797-1813.

Saxena, G. and Ilbery, B. (2010) Developing integrated rural tourism: actor practices in the English-Welsh border. Journal of Rural Studies, 26, 260-271.

Kings, D. and Ilbery, B. (2010) The environmental belief systems of organic and conventional farmers: evidence from central-southern England. Journal of Rural Studies, 26, 437-448.

Ilbery, B., Courtney, P., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) Marketing concentration and geographical dispersion: a survey of organic farms in England and Wales. British Food Journal, 112, 9, 962-975.

Ilbery, B., Watts, D., Little, J., Gilg, A. and Simpson, S. (2010) Attitudes of food entrepreneurs towards two grant schemes under the first England Rural Development Programme, 2000-2006. Land Use Policy. 27, 683-689.

Maye, D., Ilbery, B. and Watts, D. (2009) Farm diversification, tenancy and CAP reform: results from a survey of tenant farmers in England. Journal of Rural Studies. 25, 333-342.   Little, J., Ilbery, B. and Watts, D. (2009) Gender, consumption and the relocalisation of food. Sociologia Ruralis. 49, 201-217.

Ilbery, B. and Saxena, G. (2009) Evaluating 'best practice' in integrated rural tourism: case examples from the England/Wales border region. Environment and Planning A. 41, 2248-2266.

Ilbery, B., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Prince, N. (2009) Structural change and new entrants in UK agriculture: examining the role of county farms and the Fresh Start initiative in Cornwall. Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, 170, 77-83.

Watts, D., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Holloway, L. (2009) Implementing Pillar II of the Common Agricultural Policy in England: geographies of the Rural Enterprise Scheme and the Processing and Marketing Grant. Land Use Policy. 26, 683-694.

Short, C., Ilbery, B., Courtney, P., Kambites, C. & Boase, R. (2008) Exploring the interactions between land-based industries and communities in rural England. Journal of Farm Management, 13, 369-378.

Saxena, G. and Ilbery, B. (2008) Integrated rural tourism: a border case study. Annals of Tourism Research, 35, 233-254.

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2008) Farm tenancy. Geography Review, 21, 32-35.

Saxena, G., Clark, G., Oliver, T. and Ilbery, B. (2007) Conceptualizing Integrated Rural Tourism, Tourism Geographies, 9:4, 347 – 370

Ilbery, B, Saxena, G. and Kneafsey, M. (2007) 'Exploring Tourists and Gatekeepers' Attitudes Towards Integrated Rural Tourism in the England-Wales Border Region', Tourism Geographies, 9:4, 441 - 468

Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2007) Marketing sustainable food production in Europe: case study evidence from two Dutch labelling schemes. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geographie, 98, pp. 507-518.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2014) Final evaluation report, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. March.

Maye, D., Fisher, R., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2013) Phase 5:Vet Interview analysis – Interim report.. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 – R8. June 2013.

Maye, D., Fisher, R., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2013) Phase 5: In-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews to assess farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 – R8. May 2013.

Fisher, R., Manley, W. Maye, D., Ilbery, B. Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Media analysis of badger vaccination in the national, regional and farming press in England and Wales – Working Paper. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 – R8. March.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) More than just veg: growing community capacity through Local Food projects, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. September.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) Local Food Adviser Function: Interim Report. Progress report 7 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. February.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) Mid-term evaluation report: Analysis of the first 29 case studies, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. September

Maye, D. Enticott, G., Fisher, R., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2012) Phase 4: In-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews to assess farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. Interim Report. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 – R8. April 2012.

Mills, P., Jeger, M., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., McLeod, A and Pietravella, S. (2011) Growing risk: the potential impact of plant disease on land use and the UK rural economy. Final report, ESRC RELU programme (RES-229-25-0013).

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2011) An Overview of the Research Methodology for Phases 4-6. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project, Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. May.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2011) 'Local Food': First Analysis of project case studies and mapping current projects against the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation. Progress report 5 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. May.

Maye, D., Enticott, G. Fisher, R, Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2011) A baseline assessment of farmer confidence in badger vaccination. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project, Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. March.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2011) 'Local Food': Initial reflections on the first tranche of project case studies. Progress report 4 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. January.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) 'Local Food': Establishing a sampling frame for case study selection. Progress report 2 of the Evaluation of 'Local Food' for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. July.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) Developing quantitative indicators for the evaluation of 'Local Food';. Progress report 1 of the Evaluation of 'Local Food' for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. May.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) 'Local Food': Case study selection for Autumn 2010, interview guide and fact sheets. Progress report 3 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. October.

Ingram J., Ilbery, B. , Little, R. and Maye, D. (2010) Wheat and Potato Supply Chains: Actors’ Perspectives on Plant Diseases (WP4c). Report for Work package 4: impact of diseases spread by natural transmission of Growing risk? The potential impact of plant disease on land use and the UK rural economy (RELU)

Lobley, M., Butler, A., Courtney, P., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Potter, C. and Winter, M. (2009) Analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets. Final report to Defra, with the Centre for Rual Research, University of Exeter.

Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Courtney, P., Kambites, C., Reed, M. and Lewis, N. (2009) Socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets: whole chain analysis. A report produced as part of the Defra commissioned research entitled 'analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets'. Defra project code: SFFSD 0605. January.

Courtney, P., Short, C., Kambites, C., Moseley, M., Ilbery, B. Boase, R., Owen, S. and Clark, M. (2007) The social contribution of land-based industries to rural communities. Commission for Rural Communities.

Buller, H., Morris, C., Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2006) Evaluation of 'Eat the View'. The Countryside Agency.

Ilbery, B., Gilg, A., Kneafsey, M. and Little, J. (2005) Relocalisation and alternative food networks: a comparison of two regions. Economic and Social Research Council.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Holloway, L. and Watts, D. (2005) The potential impacts of CAP reform on the diversification activities of tenant farmers in England: baseline study. Defra.

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Enticott, G., Kirwan, J. and Ilbery, B. (2013) Contested Knowledge Claims: Examining Farmer Understandings of Wildlife Control Options for Bovine TB. Paper presented at Session 23: Biosecurity and Rural Governance: Learning for Innovation, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2012) Local food and grassroots innovations: an initial investigation of the Local Food programme in England. Paper presented at Session 42: Unsettling the local: changes in food and in rural development, XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, July 29-August 4, 2012 / Lisbon, Portugal.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Enticott, G., Fisher, R. and Ilbery, B. (2012) Devolving responsibility of animal disease risks to farmers: the case of bovine TB and badger control in England. Paper presented at Session 54: Neoliberalising Rural Nature: Market Instruments and Sustainable Land Management, XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, July 29-August 4, 2012 / Lisbon, Portugal.

Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2011) Assessing farmer confidence in badger vaccination: preliminary findings from a survey of cattle farmers in England. Paper presented at the Anglo-American-Canadian Quadrennial Rural Geography Conference, Brandon, Canada, July.

Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Ingram, J. (2011) Risk and plant disease management: supply chain perspectives. Anglo-Canadian-USA symposium on rural geography, Winnipeg, July.
(2011) Organic farming in England and Wales: does geography matter? Environment and Society Research Group, School of Geography, University of Nottingham. May.

(2011) Presentation at a RELU workshop on 'New horizons for animal and plant disease from the RELU programme' at Regent College, London. May.

(2011) Risk and plant disease management: grower-agronomist relationships. Great Western Research seminar series on 'sustainability', organised by the Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter. March.

(2011) Organic farming in England and Wales: does geography matter? Food Forum seminar, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London. March.   Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Little, R. (2010) Grower-agronomist relationships and the management of plant diseases in the UK wheat and potato sectors. Anglo-French Rural Syposium, Colchester, July.

Maye, D., Ilbery, B. and Little, R. (2010) Growing risk? Growers' perceptions of plant disease risk in the UK. Annual Festival of The British Science Association (In session on ‘Food security and infectious diseases’, convened by Brian Ilbery), Aston University, Birmingham, September.

(2009) Food supply chains: the long and short of it - Inaugural Lecture. University of Gloucestershire. April.   (2008) The impact of CAP reforms on the diversification activities of tenant farmers in England. Farming and Estate Diversification: Securing the Future, Blenheim Palace conferences, 30 January.

(2006) Conflicting interests? Tenant farming, the Single Farm Payment and farm diversification in England. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, September, London. With Maye, D., Watts, D. and Holloway, L.

(2006) The potential impacts of CAP reform on the diversification activities of tenant farmers in England. Invited paper presented (with Maye, D.) at a research and development dissemination event on farm diversification, organised and hosted by DEFRA, at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London. June.
(2008) Property rights and farm tenancy: neglected issues in agricultural geography. Keynote Address, Annual conference of the Australia and new Zealand Agri-Food Research Network (AFRN), Sydney, November.

(2008) Risk, farmers' knowledges and disease management. Annual conference of the Australia and new Zealand Agri-Food Research Network (AFRN), Sydney, November. With Maye, D.

(2008) The UK Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme: lessons for Australia and New Zealand?. Paper presented at the 2008 annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand agri-food research network, Sydney, Australia. November. With Maye, D.

(2008) The changing dynamics of organic farming in England and Wales. Third Anglo-German rural geography conference, Oldenburg, June. With Maye, D.

(2008) Assessing the sustainability of local food systems. INRA seminar series, Paris, April.

(2007) Property, ownership and landlord-tenant relationships in English agriculture. Sixth Quadrennial conference of British, Canadian and American rural geographers, July, Spokane, Washington. With Maye, D. and Watts, D.

(2006) Following local food chains in a cross-border context: evidence from the Scottish-English borders. IGU Commission on 'Dynamics of Economic Spaces', June, Auckland. With Maye, D.

(2011) PhD external examiner, Aberdeen University, May.

Advisory Council member, School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College

Member of UK 'RELU' Data Management Committee

Rural Forum member, West Midlands Regional Development Agency.

Chartered Geographer (C.Geog) Assessor, RGS/IBG.

(2013) External Examiner for a PhD at the Royal Agricultural University

(2010 - 2014) External Examiner, Human Geography for BA/BSc Geography degrees, University of Swansea

(2011) External Examiner, MSc in Protected Landscape Management, University of Aberystwyth

External PhD examiner at Kings College London, Nottingham, Maynooth, Aberdeen and Queensland.

External examiner for BA/BSc Geography, Universities of Middlesex, Bournemouth and Aberdeen

(2011--) Member of BBSRC's Sustainable Bioenergy Outreach Group

(2012)  Assessment Panel member, Round 3 Irish Aid Programme of Strategic Cooperation, Higher Education Authority, Dublin, March.   (2011-13) BBSRC ‘Bioscience for society’ Strategy Panel member

Scheme Assessor for the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.