BA (Hons) Geography, PgCert (Academic Practice), PhD (Politics), FHEA

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Hannah started at CCRI in March 2017, after working as a Research Fellow at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), University of Exeter. Hannah describes herself as a rural social scientist, with a broad interest in primary producers' behaviour in response to policy, and the implications for our land, seas and the wider environment. Her diverse research interests are united by a common aim to engage with stakeholders in complex policy areas. Recently, Hannah has worked on a range of projects relating to agri-environment schemes, intergenerational farm transfer, fishing and angling policy, digital media use in land management and self-monitoring within the AES framework.

She has a particular interest in the use of qualitative analysis software (NVivo) and is a certified NVivo expert, delivering training sessions to students and staff throughout the University. As well as this, Hannah is an ESRI certified user of ArcGIS and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP), awarded in 2018.


Most notably, in her role as the Principal Investigator, Hannah has successfully completed Natural England funded ‘ELM Guidance digital media: literature review and behavioural analysis’ (November 2019).

Hannah has also worked on Work Packages for two H2020 projects:

Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries (SUFISA)

Building an interactive AgriDemo-Hub: enhancing farmer to farmer learning (Agri-DemoF2F)

Hannah is part of the research team for following projects:

  • Defra ‘Feasibility study for a survey of fishers’ (2018-2019)
  • Defra funded ‘Assessing participation of the fishing sectors in UK science and management’ (2018-2019)
  • Natural England ‘Social science evidence for delivery of better agri-environment schemes’ (2019)
Recent Publications

Maye, D., Chiswell, H., Vigani, M. and Kirwan, J. (2018) ‘Present realities’ and the need for a ‘lived experience’ perspective in Brexit agri-food governance. Space and Polity, 22(2): 270-286.

Cooreman, H., Vandenabeele, J., Debruyne, J., Ingram, J., Chiswell, H., Koutsouris, A., Pappa, E. and Marchand, F. (2018) ‘A conceptual framework to investigate the role of peer learning processes at on-farm demonstrations in the light of sustainable agriculture’, International Journal of Agricultural Extension, 2018: 91-103.

Ingram, J., Chiswell, H., Mills, J., Debruyne, L., Cooreman, H., Koutsoruis, A., Pappa, E. and Marchand, F. (2018) ‘Enabling learning in demonstration farms: A literature review’, International Journal of Agricultural Extension, 2018: 29-42.

Chiswell, H.M. (2018) ‘From generation to generation: changing dimensions of intergenerational farm transfer’, Sociologia Ruralis, 58(1): 104-125.

Chiswell, H.M. and Lobley, M. (2018) ‘It's Definitely a Good Time to Be a Farmer”: Understanding the Changing Dynamics of Successor Creation in Late Modern Society: Successor Creation in Late Modern Society’, Rural Sociology, 83(3): 630-653Available online – Open Access.

Chiswell, H.M. and Wheeler, R. (2016) ‘“As long as you’re easy on the eye”: Reflecting on issues of positionality and researcher safety during farmer interviews’, Area, 48(2): 229-235.

Chiswell, H.M. and Lobley, M. (2015) ‘A Recruitment Crisis in Agriculture? A reply to Heike Fischer and Rob J.F. Burton’s Understanding Farm Succession as Socially Constructed Endogenous Cycles’, Sociologia Ruralis, 5(2): 150-154.

Chiswell, H.M. (2014) ‘The Importance of Next Generation Farmers: A Conceptual Framework to Bring the Potential Successor into Focus’, Geography Compass 8(5): 300-312.

Chiswell, H. M. (2014) ‘The value of the 1941–1943 National Farm Survey as a method for engagement with farmers in contemporary research’, Area, 46: 426-434.

Chiswell, H.M. (2012) ‘Cultivating narratives: Cultivating successors – A reply to Steiger et al’, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, Winter 2012/13, 3(2): 25.

Chiswell, H.M. and Lobley, M. (2014) The Impact of the Family Business Growth Programme: A Progress Report, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Chiswell, H., Vigani, M., Muñoz Rojas, J., Mathijs, E., Bonjean, I., Hvarregaard Thorsøe, M., Noe, E., Von Münchausen, S., Grivins, M., Aubert, P-M., Nowak, P., and Minarelli, F. (2018)  Farmer strategies to manage market uncertainty: commodity level analysis and critique. 13th European IFSA Symposium, 15 July 2018, Chania (Greece)

Chiswell, H. (2016)‘Becoming a young farmer: young people’s trajectories into farming’ International Rural Sociology World Congress, Toronto, Canada, August 2016

Chiswell, H. (2013)‘Farmers are back in fashion: Motivations for (potential) livestock farmers’ European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Congress, Florence, Italy, July 2013

Chiswell, H. (2013)‘The food security challenge: an economic opportunity driving the next generation of farmers?’ European Association for Agricultural Economists (EAAE) PhD conference, Leuven, Belgium, May 2013

Chiswell, H. (2013) ‘Rising to the food security challenge: the importance and absence of successors’, European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) PhD Summer School, Mikkeli, Finland, August 2012

In conjunction with the Academic Development Unit (ADU), I run termly NVivo sessions (introductory and advanced) for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I also contribute to teaching in the School of Natural and Social Sciences, delivering sessions as part of the ‘Contemporary Issues in Environmental Science’ module (NS5212 / NS5213 / NS5214).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Book reviews

Chiswell, H.M. (2014) Book review: Lairds, Land and Sustainability: Scottish Perspectives on Upland Management, by Glass J, Price M, Warren C & Scott A (eds.), Environmental Values, 23 (2): 219-248.

Chiswell, H.M. (2014) Book review: The Battle of the Fields: Rural Community and Authority in Britain During the Second World War, by Brian Short (ed.), Journal of Historical Geography, 50: 126-127.