As an international centre of research excellence, the CCRI seminar series aims to encourage and welcome speakers from a broad range of academic, policy and stakeholder backgrounds. The series, which has become an integral component of CCRI, is open to all, and is a flexible vehicle for the dissemination of research and discussion of policy and practice in a broad range of topics such as agriculture, society, food and environmental issues. It offers the individual an opportunity to present their work in a friendly setting, amongst academics that have a genuine passion and interest in the furthering of knowledge.

We often have international speakers that complement the internal and national academics that regularly present research activities which all contribute to knowledge transfer within the region and amongst our extensive networks.

For more information regarding this series, please email

All seminars begin at 12.15 and take place at the University of Gloucestershire Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham, unless otherwise noted.

All seminars are free to attend. Follow this link to find travel instructions to FCH campus.

All visitors and participants at the seminar series should note that as with all of our public events, photographs may be taken during seminars for use in our marketing and communication materials.

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April 2020

Going the Extra Mile in Monitoring and Evaluation – the GEM Story

30/04/2020 at 12:15 - 13:15
University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ United Kingdom

Prof. Paul Courtney and Leonie Burton, University of Gloucestershire  Going the Extra Mile (GEM) is a 5-year ESF / Lottery funded Employment Inclusivity programme in Gloucestershire which to date has enabled over 700 people from diverse backgrounds to get closer to employment, training and education. The success of GEM is equally reflected in that of its on-going Monitoring and Evaluation, which through a range of methods has tracked the outcomes and informed the process and management of the programme since…

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June 2020

Local Food after the Pandemic

11/06/2020 at 12:00 - 13:00

The CCRI seminar series will be taking place online. The first will take place on 11th June at 1200h with Dan Keech from CCRI & Ped Asgarian from the community farm Bristol.

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Community Supported Agriculture and Veg Box Schemes / Agroecology in Uganda

18/06/2020 at 12:30 - 13:30

Dr Jasmine Black, of the CCRI, presenting the latest research about community supported agriculture and box schemes. We will also hear from Nick James, speaking about his work with farmers on agroecology in Uganda and some COVID-19 insights.

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Brexit and Food Citizenship / Food in Japan during COVID-19

25/06/2020 at 12:00 - 13:00

Dr Ludivine Petetin will be talking about Brexit and Food Citizenship, and Dr Steven McGreevy will be relating the experiences around food and COVID-19 in Japan.

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July 2020

Local and National Food Policy Initiatives

02/07/2020 at 12:00 - 13:00

Joy Carey presents about the experience of Bristol's drive towards reaching a food for life gold status for the City. Dr Kelly Parsons discusses her research about the complex ways in which food policy is enacted in the UK.

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