Wine in the UK – Case Study Report

Recently Nick Lewis and Janet Dwyer conducted a review of the UK wine sector as part of a wider evaluation of the EU wine sector. This is the second research project related to wine the the CCRI has conducted. In 2010, the CCRI was involved in a project that investigated the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy on the wine sector. A review of the UK sector was conducted, a summary of which can be found here. The aim of the work in 2014 was to assess and improve the current and future competitiveness of the EU wine sector. As

Healthy Towns – Healthier People?

Tewkesbury was one of nine ‘healthy towns’ that received funding in 2009 in order to address growing health concerns, and was part of the wider ‘Change for Life‘ initiative. The Tewkesbury project was unique in that The University of Gloucestershire was involved from the outset. Running from September 2009 until March 2011, the project in Tewkesbury had four main themes: Transport Physical Activity Healthy Food Research Professor Diane Crone – whose previous experience was related to specific health interventions (such as cardiac or obesity issues) was involved throughout and presented an overview of her findings today to numerous University staff,

CAP Reform & Farmer Behaviour

Jane Mills and Pete Gaskell contributed to a new Defra report led by ADAS that looked at the impact of the proposed Pillar 1 CAP reforms on farmers’ behaviour.    A stakeholder workshop identified the three greening measures (crop diversification; Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) and permanent pasture), the active farmer test and changes to the overall size of the Pillar 1 budget as aspects of proposed reforms that were most likely to have an impact on the farming industry.  A number of focus groups and telephone interviews with farmers and their agents or advisers were then conducted to generate insights into

CCRI & RAU Contribute to SRUC Briefings

A number of CCRI staff (Damian Maye, James Kirwan & Brian Ilbery) contributed to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) research briefing which focused on the management of on-farm disease risks, and the role played by institutions and farmers. Their work has now been published on the SRUC website. The lead author, Dr Rhiannon Fisher, a former CCRI PhD student, provides some background to the briefing: “Based on a paper given at the International Congress of the European Society of Rural Sociology in Florence in July 2013, this research briefing presents the findings of a series of interviews undertaken with farmers about

CCRI Staff at Royal Geographic Society

The CCRI had a strong presence at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference. This is one of the leading international geography conferences in the world and is held at the historic Royal Geographical Society in central London Gillian Cope presented a paper from her current PhD research – The Use of Sensory Ethnography to Gain New Understandings of Visitor Emotional Experiences and Practices at National Trust (NT) Sites and their Implications for Future NT Research & Management in the Session Affecting Heritage: Revisiting the geographies and politics of heritage through affect and emotion.