MA (Natural Sciences), PhD (Agricultural Economics)

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Janet joined the CCRI in 2002 after working for more than a decade in a government agency and an independent policy think-tank. She was awarded the title of Professor of Rural Policy in 2010 upon appointment as CCRI’s co-Director, and then became CCRI Director in 2013, a post she held until 2021.

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.

Recent projects include a major study on rural economies and communities for Defra; evaluations of the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on generational renewal and local employment in rural areas; also on knowledge, advice and innovation in agriculture; and on rural socio-economic conditions across the EU; and an evaluation of the impact of LEADER on Balanced Territorial Development, for the European Commission. She co-led  PEGASUS - a major, EU-28 Horizon2020 funded study on public goods and ecosystem services from farming and forestry (; and is supporting the government of Malta to prepare its CAP Strategic Plan for 2022-2027.

Janet is currently President of the UK Agricultural Economics Society, also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a founder and steering group member of the Uplands Alliance, a Director of Rural England and Trustee of the Organic Research Centre. She chairs Defra’s Nutrient Management Expert Group and sits on advisory boards and panels for the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Green Alliance, and Defra (rural academic panel). In 2017, Janet was elected an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies of the UK, and member of the French Academie d’Agriculture.

View Janet's publications on the University of Gloucestershire's Research Repository