BSc (1st class Hons) (Natural Environmental Science), MSc (Soil Survey and Pedology), PhD (Agricultural Extension)

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Julie joined CCRI in 2004. Her main research interests are concerned with Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems. She is a specialist concerning knowledge exchange within the agricultural community and knowledge processes within the context of sustainable agriculture and natural resource protection, with particular reference to soil. Her research has also covered the evaluation of agri-environmental schemes examining the influence of farmer knowledge, attitudes and motivations on behaviour. Her recent research has looked at co-innovation processes; boundaries; and socio-technical regime transition towards sustainable agriculture. Julie worked for a number of years in developing countries in agriculture and forestry before joining CCRI.

Julie has twice been awarded ‘Paper of Year’ award in 2014 and 2015 from the Journal of Agricultural Extension and Education and received the University of Gloucestershire’s ‘Research and Scholarship’ award in 2017. She is a long term member of the steering committee for the International Farming Systems Association, was appointed a co-editor of the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension in 2018, and sits on several other journal editorial boards.

Internationally Julie was awarded an OECD Research Fellowship in 2018-19 when she collaborated with the University of Queensland, Australia, and CIFOR and the University of Indonesia, and continues to have an active interest in farmer experimentation projects in Java. She has co-coordinated, and acted as a mentor for, Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops (UK, South Africa, Egypt and Kazakhstan) and acts as an expert reviewer for the Newton Prize.

At the European level Julie has led Work Packages in numerous EU Horizon 2020 and FP7 projects such as AgriDemo-F2F (Building an interactive AgriDemo-Hub community: enhancing farmer to farmer learning), VALERIESmartSOIL and SOLINSA and contributed to 'SoilCare' (SoilCare for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe) and RECARE. She currently leads a WP for MINAGRIS (MIcro- and NAno-Plastics in AGRIricultural Soils: sources, environmental fate and impacts on ecosystem services and overall sustainability).

Current and recent UK-focused projects include:

  • Perennial biomass crops for Greenhouse Gas removal. Defra 2021- 2025.
  • Post-Covid Knowledge exchange in agriculture: Evaluating current practice and Co-designing a digital solution to connect farmers and the AKIS. Innovate UK. 2021-2022.
  • Priority Research Questions for Digital Agriculture. Defra. 2020-2021.
  • An analysis of practice change and the use of behavioural insights in agriculture and horticulture – identifying what works. AHDB. 2021.
  • Collaborative mechanisms and incentives for achieving environmental benefits at large spatial scales through Environmental Land Management (with CRPR, Exeter University). Defra. 2020-2021.
  • An adaptive decision-support tool for better grassland management by UK farmers (with Cranfield University, Rothamsted Research and SRUC). NERC/ SARIC. 2019-2020.

View Julie’s publications on the University of Gloucestershire's Research Repository