BSc (Hons) (Rural Resource Management), PhD (Economic Geography), APM PFQ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1242 714132
Paul’s research interests are concerned with understanding the nuances of socio-economic impact and development as they interact with people, places and policy. Paul utilises a range of approaches found at the intersection of Economics, Sociology and Psychology, including: socio-economic impact analysis, local economic modelling action research, social indicator development and social cost-benefit analysis. Paul is currently applying Social Return on Investment (SROI) to impact measurement in the fields of community health, employment inclusivity and farmer wellbeing; and amongst others is a contributor to the AHRC Treescapes and Defra Local Perspectives projects. Paul is a Wellbeing Facilitator for the University, and was the UoA Coordinator for the CCRI’s REF submissions of 2014 and 2021. He joined the CCRI in 2002 and was awarded the title of Professor in 2013.
Paul Courtney’s recent activities
Defra have published CCRI research how professional fishers and recreational anglers participate in the management and science of fisheries in England.
A team at CCRI, led by Jane Mills have recently published a paper in Sustainability entitled ‘Developing Farm-Level Social Indicators for Agri-Environment Schemes: A Focus on the Agents of Change’.
A number of CCRI researchers are authors of a chapter in a new book entitled ‘Researching People and the Sea: Methodologies and Traditions’.
Congratulations to our colleagues who have recently passed their APM Project Management Fundamentals qualification.
Back in 2016, the University of Gloucestershire won a bid to be part of a jointly funded £3.16 million National Lottery /European Social Fund Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project known as GEM (Going the Extra Mile). This inclusive employment project was set up with the aim of engaging with and supporting individuals experiencing barriers to work due to a range of circumstances, and moving them closer to education, training or employment.
Jane Mills led a team of researchers from CCRI and the University of Exeter in developing a set of indicators that will be used by Defra and Natural England to assess engagement and social outcomes associated with agri-environment schemes.