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



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.

Hannah holds project management certificates in PRINCE2 foundation and APM Project Management fundamentals.

Recent projects

As PI or Co-I:

  • Defra funded ‘Rural England: Local perspectives on community and economy’ [2020-2021] (Co-I)
  • Natural England funded ‘Land manager guidance testing: an evaluation’ [2019-2020] (PI)
  • Natural England funded ‘A social science analysis of the challenges, opportunities, benefits and disbenefits of the provision of self-monitoring and evidence by farmer/land managers within AES’ [2019-2020] (PI)
  • Defra funded ‘Co-designing the principles for defining low impact fishing’ [2018-2019] (Co-I)
  • Natural England funded ‘ELM Guidance digital media: literature review and behavioural analysis’ [2018] (PI)

Hannah has also worked as a named researcher on the following projects:

  • NE funded ‘Social science evidence for delivery of better agri-environment schemes’
  • Defra funded ‘Assessing participation of the fishing sectors in UK science and management’
  • H2020 funded ‘Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries (SUFISA)’
  • H2020 funded ‘Building an interactive AgriDemo-Hub: farmer to farmer learning (Agri-DemoF2F)’
Recent Publications

Journal articles

Marchand, F., Cooreman, H., Pappa, E., Perifanos, I., Alexpoulos, Y., Koutsouris, A., Debruyne, L., Chiswell, H., and Ingram, J. (forthcoming) ‘Effectiveness of on-farm demonstration events in the EU: role of structural characteristics’, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension.

Ingram, J., Chiswell, H., Marchand, F., Cooreman, H., Pappa, E., Perifanos, I., Alexpoulos, Y., Koutsouris, A. and Debruyne, L. (forthcoming) ‘Situating demonstrations within contemporary agricultural advisory system contexts: analysis of demonstration programmes across Europe’, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension.

Thorsøe, M., Noe, E., Maye, D., Vigani, M., Kirwan, J., Chiswell, H., Grivins, M., Adamsone-Fiskovica, A., Tisenkopfs, T.,Tsakalou, E., Aubert, P., Loveluck, W. (2020) ‘Responding to change: Farming system resilience in the continuously evolving European dairy market – a comparative case study of five different EU countries’, Land Use Policy p.1-11.

Maye, D., Chiswell, H.M., Vigani, M., Kirwan, J. (2018) ‘Brexit agriculture: the potential for a lived experience perspective’, 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. and Lobley, M. (2018) “It’s definitely a good time to be a farmer”: Successor creation and the ‘renaissance in British agriculture’, Rural Sociology, 83 (3): 630-653.

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

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 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. (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. (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.

A full list of Hannah's publications, including research reports and book chapters, can be found on the UoG repository