In association with the Royal Geographical Society (the Institute of British Geographers) Rural Geography Research Group and the Rural Services Network, the CCRI hosted another successful postgraduate Winter School at the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus on 13th-14th January, 2016.

Felipe Da Silva Machado presenting at the CCRI 2016 Postgraduate Winter School

The event was well attended with both CCRI and external PhD students presenting their research. All presentations were of a very high standard and this year we had an international flavour with rural researcher from Nigeria, China and Brazil participating (see presentation list below). Opportunities to interact with CCRI staff and the panel session were particularly valued by participants and the after-event feedback has been very positive. For example, the following comment was received from one of our postgraduate students:

Just to say thank you to you all at CCRI for a really useful and enjoyable Winter School.  It really is a very valuable and supportive resource to PhD students within rural research, so I just wanted to let you know how much it is appreciated and to thank you all for your time and input”.

Here is the list of topic and presenters (all presentations can be found on CCRI’s slideshare site)

  • Examining disease risk communication for disease control management: implementing biosecurity measures on English cattle farms, Sally Curzon, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
  • Rural Therapeutic Landscapes & the Animality of Care Farming, Richard Gorman, University of Cardiff
  • Using rural research in a policy environment: the experience of the Rural Services Network and Rural England, Brian Wilson, Rural England, Rural Services Network
  • Global multifunctional countryside: debates concerning rural change in transition economies (Brazil), Felipe da Silva Machado, Plymouth University
  • Sustainable development and Neo-endogenous development: The role of knowledge and local communities in local planning and practice, Susan Marango, University of Lincoln
  • A transdisciplinary examination of UK arable farmers’ knowledge-practices in relation to soil quality, Stephen Jones, University of Nottingham
  • Assessing the impacts of farming practices on soil functions: achieving benefits for soil, water quality and flow and the farm business. Ed Jones, Countryside and Community Research Institute
  • The Incidence, Understanding and Environmental Impact of Pesticide Use amongst Urban Agriculture Farmers in Ibadan, Nigeria, Ade Bodede, University of Gloucestershire
  • Farmers’ experiences of flooding and engagement with climate change as a risk issue in Gloucestershire – initial qualitative findings, Alice Hamilton-Webb, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
  • Practice and level of Awareness of Good Agricultural Practices among Smallholder Farmers in the adopted villages in Northern Nigeria, Samson Olayemi Sennuga, School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
  • A comparative study proposal of the edible city landscape in London and Beijing, Yao Guo, University of Gloucestershire