BSc (Hons) (Geography and Environmental Management), PhD (Rural Sociology)

Email:  jkirwan@glos.ac.uk

Tel +44 (0) 1242 714122

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James has been working at the CCRI since 2002. His main research interests are concerned with the socio-economic impacts of the agro-food system, particularly the relationship between the production and consumption of food and any resultant impacts on sustainable rural development. He is also interested in the role of local food networks within the context of global food security.

In July 2012 James was awarded the title of ‘Reader in Food Studies and Society’ by the University of Gloucestershire.

Current consultancy projects

2013-2016 (Principal investigator) EU 7th Framework funded GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a MUltidimensional performance-based approach).
2013-2016 (Principal investigator) EU 7th Framework funded Supurbfood (Towards Sustainable Modes of Urban and Peri-urban Food Provisioning).
2015-2019 EU Horizon 2020 funded Sufisa (Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries)

Recent Publications

Ilbery, B., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Prince, N. (2012) Non-successional entry into UK farming: an examination of two government-supported schemes. Pp. 111-127 in M. Lobley, J. Baker and I. Whitehead (eds), Keeping it in the Family: International Perspectives on Succession and Retirement on Family Farms (Farnham, UK: Ashgate). [ISBN 978-1-4094-0995-3 (hbk); 978-1-4094-0996-0 (ebk)]

Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2012) Vegetarians: uninvited, uncomfortable or special guests at the table of the alternative’ food economy? Pp. 542-560 in P. Williams-Forson, and C. Counihan (eds), Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World (London: Routledge)

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2011) Alternative food networks: a review of research. In: Pleyers, G. (ed) Grassroots movements for alternative, convivial and local consumption. Paris, Desclée De Brouwer.

Jones O., Kirwan, J., Morris, C., Buller, H., Dunn, R., Hopkins, A., Whittington, F. and Wood, J. (2010) On the Alternativeness of Alternative Food Networks: sustainability and the co-production of social and ecological wealth, in D. Fuller A. E. G. Jones and R. Lee (eds) Alternative Spaces of Economy, Society and Politics: Interrogating Alterity, Oxford: Ashgate, pp 95 - 109 (Chapter 6).

Slee, R. and Kirwan, J. (2009), Exploring hybridity in food supply chains, in Canavari, M., Cantore, N., Castellini, A., Pignatti, E., and Spadoni, R. (Eds), International Marketing and Trade of Quality Food Products, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, Netherlands, pp. 131-150.

Dunn, R.M., Hopkins, A., Buller, H., Jones, O., Morris, C., Wood, J.D., Whittington, F.M. and Kirwan, J. (2007) Can biological diversity act as an input into sustainable rural development? A case-study using salt marsh-raised lamb. Pp. 158-166 in J.J. Hopkins, A.J. Duncan, D.I. McCracken, S. Peel and J.R.B. Tallowin (Eds.), High Value Grassland: Providing Biodiversity, a Clean Environment and Premium Products. British Grassland Society, Cirencester, UK.

Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2007) Locating diet within the alternative food economy: the case of vegetarianism. Pp. 133-145. In D. Maye, L. Holloway and M. Kneafsey (eds.), Alternative Food Geographies: Representation and Practice. Elsevier: Oxford.

Kirwan, J. and Foster, C. (2007) Public sector food procurement in the UK: examining the creation of an alternative system. Pp. 185-201. In D. Maye, L. Holloway and M. Kneafsey (eds.), Alternative Food Geographies: Representation and Practice. Elsevier: Oxford.

Kirwan, J. and Foster, C. (2006) Public sector food procurement through partnerships: the Cornwall Food Programme. Pp. 155-164. In D. Roep and H. Wiskerke (eds.), Nourishing Networks: Fourteen Lessons About Creating Sustainable Food Supply Chains. Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University; and Reed Business Information, Agriboek, PO Box 4, 7000 BA Doetinchem, The Netherlands.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Schmitt, E., Keech, D. and Barjolle, D. (2016/17 – in press) PDO as a mechanism for reterritorialisation and agri-food governance: a comparative analysis of cheese products in the UK and Switzerland. Agriculture. Free access online.

Brunori, G., Galli, F., Barjolle, D., Van Broekhuizen, R., Colombo, L., Giampietro, M., Kirwan, J., Lang, T., Mathijs, E., Maye, D., De Roest, K., Schwarz, J., Schmitt, E., Smith, J., Stojanovic, Z., Tisenkopfs, T. and Touzard, J. (2016) ‘Are local food chains more sustainable than global food chains? Considerations for assessment’ Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 449; doi: 10.3390/su8050449  Open Access 

Schmitt, E., Keech, D., Maye, D., Barjolle, D. and Kirwan, J. (2016) Comparing the Sustainability of Local and Global Food Chains: A Case Study of Cheese Products in Switzerland and the UK Sustainability 8, 419-439. Open Access.

Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2016) Explaining regional and local differences in organic farming in England and Wales: a comparison of South West Wales and South East England. Regional Studies, Vol. 50, No.1, pp. 110-123.

Dax, T., Strahl, W., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2016) “The Leader programme 2007–2013: Enabling or disabling social innovation and neo-endogenous development? Insights from Austria and Ireland” European Urban and Regional Studies (2016, Vol. 23(1) 56–68).

Ingram, J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2014) Interactions between niche and regime: an analysis of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture across Europe. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 21 (1), 55-71 ISSN 1389-224X (SOLINSA Special Issue)

Maye, D.M., Enticott, G., Naylor, R., Ilbery, B. W. and Kirwan, J.R.  (2014) Animal disease and narratives of nature: Farmers' reactions to the neoliberal governance of bovine Tuberculosis. Journal of Rural Studies, 36. pp. 401-410. ISSN 07430167

Enticott, G., Maye, D. M. and Fisher, R. and Ilbery, B. W and Kirwan, J. R. (2014) Badger vaccination: dimensions of trust and confidence in the governance of animal disease.Environment and Planning A, 46 (12). pp. 2881-2897. ISSN 0308-518X

Curry, Nigel and Reed, Matt and Keech, Daniel and Maye, Damian and Kirwan, James (2014) Urban agriculture and the policies of the European Union: the need for renewal. Spanish Journal of Rural Development, V (1). pp. 91-106. ISSN 21711216

Ingram, J, Maye, D, Kirwan J, Curry, N, Kubinakova, K. (2014) Learning in the Permaculture Community of Practice in England: an analysis of the relationship between core practices and boundary processes. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Education, 20 (3), 275-290. Awarded 2014 Article of the Year.

Curry, N. and Kirwan, J. (2014) The role of tacit knowledge in the development of sustainable agriculture, Sociologia Ruralis. 54 (3). pp. 341-361. ISSN 00380199

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2014) Researching controversial and sensitive issues: using visual vignettes to explore farmers’ attitudes towards the control of bovine tuberculosis in England. Area, 46.3, pp. 285-293. doi: 10.1111/area.12113

Morris, C., Kirwan, J. and Lally, R. (2014) Less meat initiatives: an initial exploration of a diet-focused social innovation in transitions to a more sustainable regime of meat provisioning. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Vol. 21, No.2, pp. 189-208.

Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2013). Assessing farmer confidence in badger vaccination: some findings from a survey of cattle farmers in England. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8(3), 49-64.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2013) Grassroots social innovations and food localisation: an investigation of the Local Food programme in England. Global Environmental Change, 23, 830–837.

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2013) Food security framings within the UK and the integration of local food systems. Journal of Rural Studies, 29, 91-100.

Maye, D. and Kirwan. J. (2013) Food security: a fractured consensus. Journal of Rural Studies, 29, 1-6.

Curry, N., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2012) Knowledge networks for sustainable agriculture in England Outlook on Agriculture, Volume 41, Number 4, December 2012 , pp. 243-248(6)

Enticott, G., Maye, D., Ilbery, B. Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2012) Farmers' Confidence in Vaccinating Badgers Against Bovine Tuberculosis. Veterinary Record, 170:204 doi: 10.1136/vr.100079

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2012). The spatial distribution of bovine tuberculosis in England. Geography.

Ingram J and Kirwan J (2011) Matching new entrants and retiring farmers through farm joint ventures: insights from the Fresh Start Initiative in Cornwall, UK. Land Use Policy 28, 917– 927

Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2011) Ecological embeddedness: developing the concept within the context of alternative food networks in the UK. Journal of Rural Studies 27, pp. 322-330.

Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2010) Food commodities, geographical knowledges and the reconnection of production and consumption: the case of naturally embedded food products. Geoforum, 41, pp. 131-143.

Ilbery, B., Courtney, P., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) Marketing concentration and geographical dispersion: a survey of organic farms in England and Wales. British Food Journal, 112, 9, 962-975.

Ilbery, B., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Prince, N. (2009) Structural change and new entrants in UK agriculture: examining the role of county farms and the Fresh Start initiative in Cornwall. Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, 170, pp. 77-83.   Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2006) Vegetarians: uninvited, uncomfortable or special guests at the table of the alternative' food economy? Sociologia Ruralis 46 (3) pp. 192-213.

Kirwan, J. (2006) The interpersonal world of direct marketing: examining conventions of quality at UK farmers' markets. Journal of Rural Studies 22 (3) pp. 301-312.

Kirwan, J. (2004). Alternative strategies in the UK agro-food system: interrogating the alterity of farmers' markets. Sociologia Ruralis 44 (4) pp. 395-415.

Keech, D., Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Bundhoo, D. (2014) UK National-level Report on the meanings assigned to the performance of food supply chains. Deliverable 2.1 of GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: Grant agreement no: 311778. March.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Bundhoo, D. and Keech, D. (2014) Delphi Survey: Final Report. Work Package 2 for GLAMUR (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: Grant agreement no: 311778. February.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2014) Final evaluation report, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. March.

Reed, M., Curry, N., Keech, D., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2013) City-region report synthesis, Work package 2 / Deliverable 2.3 for SUPURBFOOD (Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE.2012.1.4-06, Grant agreement no: 312126. October.

Ingram, J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J. Maye, D. and Kubinakova, K. (2013) Show Case Summary Report, deliverable 4.3 for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. November.

Ingram, J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J. Maye, D. and Kubinakova, K. (2013) WP4 Analytical Characteristics Report, deliverable 4.2b for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. October.

Ingram, J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J. Maye, D. and Kubinakova, K. (2013) WP4 Synthesis Report, deliverable 4.2a for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. October.

Curry, N. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP). Final LINSA case study report for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. October.

Maye, D., Fisher, R., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2013) Phase 5:Vet Interview analysis – Interim report.. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. June 2013.

Maye, D., Fisher, R., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2013) Phase 5: In-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews to assess farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. May 2013.

Fisher, R., Manley, W. Maye, D., Ilbery, B. Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Media analysis of badger vaccination in the national, regional and farming press in England and Wales – Working Paper. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. March.

Keech, D and Kirwan, J. (2013) Local Food – Report on the role of the Steering Group, Selection Panel and Assessors, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. March.

Curzon, S. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Local Food – An analysis of the programme’s website, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. March.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) More than just veg: growing community capacity through Local Food projects, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. September.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) Mid-term evaluation report: Analysis of the first 29 case studies, as part of the evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. September

Maye, D. Enticott, G., Fisher, R., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2012) Phase 4: In-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews to assess farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. Interim Report. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme. Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. April 2012.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) Local Food Adviser Function: Interim Report. Progress report 7 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. February.

Michaels, S., Harrison, D., Reed, M., Kirwan, J. and Kambites, C. (2012) Food from the urban fringe: creating viable small businesses for a sustainable future. Final report to Making Local Food Work, a 5 year programme funded by the Big Lottery. February.

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2011) An Overview of the Research Methodology for Phases 4-6. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project, Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. May.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2011) 'Local Food': First Analysis of project case studies and mapping current projects against the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation. Progress report 5 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. May.

Ingram, J., Curry, N., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2011) Overview of the current state and functioning of the national AKS, England. Preliminary report for SOLINSA (Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Transition: Towards a more effective and efficient support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture), a Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. Call: FP7-KBBE-2010-4, Grant agreement no: 266306. March.

Maye, D., Enticott, G. Fisher, R, Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2011) A baseline assessment of farmer confidence in badger vaccination. Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project, Defra project code: AWH – RRD 2010-2011 - R8. March.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2011) 'Local Food': Initial reflections on the first tranche of project case studies. Progress report 4 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. January.

Kirwan, J. (2010) Implementation of integrated, territorial development strategies (including Leader) Step 2 case studies. Thematic Working Group 4 - Delivery mechanisms of EU of rural development policy - for the European Network Rural Development Contact Point. December.

Ilbery, B., Courtney, P., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) Marketing concentration and geographical dispersion: a survey of organic farms in England and Wales. British Food Journal, 112, 9, 962-975.

Kirwan, J. (2010) Case study on Axis 3 and 4, as part of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Rural Development Programme for Ireland (2007-2013), with Indecon International Economic Consultants, Dublin.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) 'Local Food': Case study selection for Autumn 2010, interview guide and fact sheets. Progress report 3 of the Evaluation of ‘Local Food’ for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. October.

Gaskell, P., Dwyer, J., Jones, J., Jones, N., Boatman, N., Condliffe, I., Conyers, S., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Manley, W., Mills, J. and Ramwell, C. (2010) Economic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English Uplands: An in-depth forward look from the farmer's perspective, Final report to the Defra Agricultural Change and Environment Observatory programme by the Countryside and Community Research Institute and the Food and Environment Research Agency Central Science Laboratory.

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) Delivering LEADER in the 2007-13 Irish Rural Development Programme: lessons learned and where next. Ireland National Workshop Report, as part of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). June.

Kirwan, J., Dwyer, J. and Pereira, S. (2010) Delivery mechanisms of EU of rural development policy in Ireland. Thematic Working Group 4 - Delivery mechanisms of EU of rural development policy - for the European Network Rural Development Contact Point. July.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) 'Local Food': Establishing a sampling frame for case study selection. Progress report 2 of the Evaluation of 'Local Food' for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. July.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Carey, J. and Clark, M. (2010) Developing quantitative indicators for the evaluation of 'Local Food';. Progress report 1 of the Evaluation of 'Local Food' for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. May.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) New modes of LEADER governance in Ireland. Work package 8 of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). January.

Lobley, M., Butler, A., Courtney, P., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Potter, C. and Winter, M. (2009) Analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets. Final report for Defra, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter and the Countryside and Community Research Institute, Cheltenham.

Kirwan, J. (2009) Review of EU Rural Development Plans - Finland (Mainland and Åland), Denmark, Sweden, Slovenia. TWG 3 - Public goods and public intervention - for the European Network Rural Development Contact Point. June/July.

Courtney, P. and Kirwan, J. (2009) Local economic impacts of local and national organic farming markets: an LM3 analysis. A report produced as part of the Defra commissioned research entitled: 'Analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets'. Defra project code: SFFSD 0605. March.

Dwyer, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Pereira, S. and Thomson, K. (2009) Rural Development Programme Policy Design: Overview Report. Work package 2 of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). February.

Dwyer, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Pereira, S. (2009) WP7 D 7.1 Outline framework and instructions for case study selection. Also WP7, D.7.2 RuDI case study framework. At www.rudi-europe.net.

Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Courtney, P., Kambites, C. and Reed, M. (2009) Socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets: whole chain analysis. A report produced as part of the Defra commissioned research entitled: ‘Analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets’. Defra project code: SFFSD 0605. January.

Kirwan, J. (2008) Rural Development Policy Delivery and Governance in Wales. Work package 3 of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). December.

Dwyer, J., Kirwan, J. and Thomson, K. (2008) RDP Policy Design Report for the United Kingdom. Work package 2 of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). October.

Kirwan, J., Ingram, J. and Clark, M. (2008) Evaluation of the Fresh Start Initiative: Cornwall. Final Report to Cornwall Enterprise. September.

Dwyer, J., Kirwan, J. Thomson, K., Clark, M. Kambites, C. Lewis, N. and Molnarova, A. (2008) Review of Rural Development Instruments. DG Agri project 2006-G4-10. Final Report. (With colleagues at INEA, IfLS, IEEP, VUZE, AgraCeas Consulting Ltd). July.

Dwyer, J., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Thomson, K. and Pereira, S. (2008) Priorities in rural development policies. Country profiles on rural characteristics. Work package 1 of the EU-funded project RuDI (Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies). May.

Kirwan, J. and Ingram, J. (2008) Report on the Fresh Start Initiative, Cornwall Workshop: Epiphany House, Truro, 30th April. Submitted to Cornwall Enterprise.

Gaskell, P., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Short, C. and Dwyer, J. (2007) Environmental impacts of CAP reform: assessment of implications of farm level change for environmental outcomes. Report to Defra Agricultural Change and Environment Observatory (ACEO).

Dwyer, J., Clark, M., Kambites, C., Kirwan, J., Lewis, N., Molnarova, A. and Thomson, K. (2007) Review of Rural Development Instruments. DG Agri project 2006-G4-10. Third Interim Deliverable. 30 November. (with colleagues at INEA, IfLS, IEEP, VUZE, AgraCeas Consulting Ltd).

Dwyer, J., Clark, M., Kambites, C., Kirwan, J., Lewis, N., Molnarova, A. and Thomson, K. (2007) Review of Rural Development Instruments. DG Agri project 2006-G4-10. Revised Second Interim Deliverable. 7 November. (with colleagues at INEA, IfLS, IEEP, VUZE, AgraCeas Consulting Ltd).

Dwyer, J., Clark, M., Kambites, C., Kirwan, J., Lewis, N., Molnarova, A. and Thomson, K. (2007) Review of Rural Development Instruments. DG Agri project 2006-G4-10. Inception Report. 16 March. (with colleagues at INEA, IfLS, IEEP, VUZE, AgraCeas Consulting Ltd).

Ilbery, B., Maye, D., Kambites, C., Courtney, P. Reed, M. and Kirwan, J. (2007) Organic farming markets, a review of academic and policy literature as part of the Defra-funded project 'Analysis of socio-economic aspects of local and national organic farming markets' (SFFSD 0605). September.

Kirwan, J. and Ingram, J. (2007) Evaluation of the Fresh Start Initiative - Cornwall. Third Interim Report to Cornwall Enterprise.

Powell, J., Courtney, P., Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Owen, S., Moseley, M. and Clark, M. (2007) Provision of advice for State of Countryside Report 2007. Commission for Rural Communities.

Morris, C. and Kirwan, J. (2007) Consumer Focus Group Report, as part of the RELU funded project 'Eating Biodiversity: an investigation of the links between quality food production and biodiversity protection'.

Kirwan, J., Ingram, J., Clark, M. and Taylor, J. (2006) Evaluation of the Fresh Start Initiative - Cornwall. Second Interim Report to Cornwall Enterprise.

Kirwan, J. and Vorley, B. (2006) UK Case Study - Policy Recommendations. Deliverable D20 of the European Commission funded project SUS-CHAIN (QLRT-2001-01349) Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development.

Kirwan, J. and Vorley, B. (2006) UK Case Study - Practical Protocols. Deliverable D21 of the European Commission funded project SUS-CHAIN (QLRT-2001-01349) Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development.

MacDonald, N., Dwyer, J., Groves, S., Dinsdale, K., Kirwan, J. and Ingram, J. (2006) The influence of produce protocols on water use and land management. Environment Agency Report (EA Project A20).

Foster, C., Kirwan, J. and Slee, R. W. (2005) The Cornwall Food Programme: Sustainable Food Procurement in the NHS. Final version: SUS-CHAIN project case study of the European Commission funded project SUS-CHAIN (QLRT-2001-01349) Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development.

Kirwan, J. and Foster, C. (2005) Feasibility Study into the Market Opportunities for Local Produce in Pembrokeshire. A Report to PLANED (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development).

Slee, R. W., Grieve, J. Kirwan, J. and Grieve, S. (2005) Evaluation of the Cumbria Rural Futures Project. Voluntary Action Cumbria.

Kirwan, J. (2005) Workshop report on Sustainable Local Food Procurement by Cornwall NHS: the Cornwall Food Programme. Truro, Cornwall. November. Part of the European Commission funded project SUS-CHAIN (QLRT-2001-01349) Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Keech, D. and Bundhoo, D. Assessing food chain performance from a consumer perspective: relations between place of residence and consumer knowledge and practice. Rural Geography Research Group: The Food Rurality Nexus. RGS, London, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.

Kirwan, J., Maye D. and Brunori, G. Reflexive governance, resilience ethics and changing understandings of food chain performance. Rural Geography Research Group and Food Geographies Research Group: Connecting food system sustainability and resilience through a geographical lens. RGS, London, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Vigani, M. and Bundhoo, D. Making the connections between medium and small-scale dairy farmers and inshore fishers: a resilience perspective.  Rural Geography Research Group and Food Geographies Research Group: Connecting food system sustainability and resilience through a geographical lens. RGS, London, 31 August – 2 September.

Maye, D. and  Kirwan, J. (session convenors) - Rural Geography Research Group and Food Geographies Working Group. Connecting food system sustainability and resilience through a geographical lens. RGS, London, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.

Mathijs, E., Brunori, G., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Van Passel, S., Treyer, S. and Häring, A-M. (2016) Co-convener - Workshop 5.4: Exploring farmers' conditions, strategies and performances in a context of multi-dimensional policy requirements, market imperfections and globalisation: Towards a conceptual mode., 12th European IFSA Symposium, Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK. 12-15th July 2016.

Brunori, G., Mathijs, E., Barjolle, D., Giampietro, M., Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Colombo, L. and van Broekuizen, R. (2016) Co-convener - Workshop 3.1: Sustainability of food chains: contested assessments. 12th European IFSA Symposium, Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK. 12-15th July 2016.

Prosperi, Paolo., Bartolini, Fabio., Brunori, Gianluca., Grando, Stefano., Kirwan, James., Maye, Damian., Vergamini, Daniele and Vigani, Mauro (2016) Towards Sustainable Strategies for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Workshop 5.4: Exploring farmers' conditions, strategies and performances in a context of multi-dimensional policy requirements, market imperfections and globalisation: Towards a conceptual model. 12th European IFSA Symposium, Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK. 12-15th July 2016.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Vigani, M. and Bundhoo, D. (2016) Understanding dairy farmers’ and inshore fishers’ adaptive capacity: a resilience perspective. Workshop 5.4: Exploring farmers' conditions, strategies and performances in a context of multi-dimensional policy requirements, market imperfections and globalisation: Towards a conceptual model. 12th European IFSA Symposium, Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK. 12-15th July 2016.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D. and Brunori, G. (2016) Incorporating resilience ethics into understandings of food chain performance. Workshop 3.1: Sustainability of food chains: contested assessments. 12th European IFSA Symposium, Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK. 12-15th July 2016.

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2014) Stakeholders’ communication and perception of food chains and their sustainability performance: *GLAMUR Work Package2 – Synthesis Report. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome: Iran Room. 27th February.

*( EC 7th Framework project. GLAMUR: ‘Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach’, Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: 311778).

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2014) Stakeholders’ communication and perception of food chains and their sustainability performance: *GLAMUR Work Package2 - Delphi Expert Survey Report. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome: Iran Room. 27th February.  *( EC 7th Framework project. GLAMUR: ‘Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach’, Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: 311778).

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2014) Stakeholders’ communication and perception of food chains and their sustainability performance: *GLAMUR Work Package2 – Introduction and methodology. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome: Iran Room. 27th February.

*( EC 7th Framework project. GLAMUR: ‘Global and Local food chain Assessment: a Multidimensional performance-based approach’, Theme [KBBE.2012.2.5-03], Grant agreement no: 311778).

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Bundhoo, D. and Keech, D. (2014) Stakeholders’ communication and perception of food chains and their sustainability performance: a cross-country comparative analysis. Paper presented at the SOAS Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London. March 7th.

Ingram, J. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture. International Webinar presentation as part of the EC-funded 7th Framework project SOLINSA training programme. 14th October, 2013.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Curry, N., Reed, M. and Keech, D. (2013) (Re-)spatalising short food chain activities beyond the rural local. Paper presented at 2013 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 28th-30th August, 2013.

Maye, D., Enticott, G., Fisher, R., Kirwan, J. and Ilbery, B. (2013) Using video in interviews to discuss wildlife control options for bovine TB. Paper presented at 2013 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 28th-30th August, 2013.

Fisher, R., Maye, D., Enticott, G., Kirwan, J. and Ilbery, B. (2013) Contested Knowledge Claims: Examining Farmer Understandings of Wildlife Control Options for Bovine TB. Paper presented at Session 23: Biosecurity and Rural Governance: Learning for Innovation, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Kirwan, J., Curry, N., Maye, D. and Ingram, J. (2013) Investigating the nature of (social) innovation within networks for sustainable food systems. Paper presented at Session 7: Sustainability Transitions in Agricultural Systems and Rural Development: Learning for Innovation, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Ingram, J., Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Opportunities for enhancing innovation in sustainable agriculture: an examination of boundary processes between agro-ecological and conventional food production knowledge systems. Paper presented at Session 7: Sustainability Transitions in Agricultural Systems and Rural Development: Learning for Innovation, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Kirwan, J. and Morris, C. (2013) Re-politicizing meat: an exploration of ‘Less Meat Initiatives’ and their attempts to mobilize action to reduce meat consumption. Paper presented at Session 36: Meat production and consumption: meanings, mobilisations and management, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Reed, M., Curry, N., Keech, D., Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2013) Gardening cyberspace - hybrid spaces and social media in the creation of food citizenship in the Bristol city region, UK. Paper presented at Session 22: Urban green infrastructure, XXV ESRS Congress, July 29th to 1st August, 2013, Florence, Italy.

Kirwan, J. (2012) Innovation: what’s that all about? Paper presented at the PUREFOOD Winter School, 20th November, Barcelona.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2012) Local food and grassroots innovations: an initial investigation of the Local Food programme in England. Paper presented at Session 42: Unsettling the local: changes in food and in rural development, XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, July 29-August 4, 2012 / Lisbon, Portugal.

Kirwan, J., Maye, D., Curry, N. and Ingram, J. (2012) Innovation networks for sustainable agriculture. Paper presented at Session 3: Facilitating change and innovation: towards sustainable rural development: XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, July 29-August 4, 2012 / Lisbon, Portugal.

Maye, D., Kirwan, J., Enticott, G., Fisher, R. and Ilbery, B. (2012) Devolving responsibility of animal disease risks to farmers: the case of bovine TB and badger control in England. Paper presented at Session 54: Neoliberalising Rural Nature: Market Instruments and Sustainable Land Management, XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, July 29-August 4, 2012 / Lisbon, Portugal.

Kirwan, J. (2012) Panelist for a debate chaired by Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, on ‘How can local food projects continue to build community capacity in the future.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B., Maye, D. and Carey, J. (2012) An evaluation of Local Food for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts: Approach and Key Findings. Paper presented at the Local Food programme mid-term conference: More than just the veg: Exploring how Local Food projects are growing communities, 18th October, City Hall, London.

Kirwan, J., Ilbery, B. and Maye, D. (2012) Grassroots social innovations and food localisation: the Local Food programme in England. Paper presented at the CCRI Rural Policy Conference: Pastoral or Past-Caring? New Directions In Rural Policy, 27th September, Gloucester.

Ingram, J. Kirwan, J. Maye, D. and Curry, N. (2012) Support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture. Paper presented at the CCRI Rural Policy Conference: Pastoral or Past-Caring? New Directions In Rural Policy, 27th September, Gloucester.

Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2011) Assessing farmer confidence in badger vaccination: preliminary findings from a survey of cattle farmers in England. Paper presented at the Anglo-American-Canadian Quadrennial Rural Geography Conference, Brandon, Canada, July.

Morris, C., Kirwan, J., Hobson-West, P. and Spencer, A. (2011) Less meat initiatives and the mobilisation of action to reduce meat consumption. Paper presented at the conference, ‘Eating Meat: The Social Relationship of Humans and Animals and the Meaning of Meat’, University of Hamburg, July 1st.

Kirwan, J. (2011) Producers, and the development of localised markets. Invited keynote speaker at a symposium on the development of urban markets in Budapest, Hungary entitled ‘Every district needs a public market’. 19th March.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2011) Local food systems and food security: reflections from the UK. Institute of Science and the Environment seminar, University of Worcester. March.

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2011) Food security and the local food system. Guest lecture on L83165: Geographies of Fashion and Food, Nottingham University. March.

Kirwan, J. (2011) Reflections on ‘local’ as an alternative to the conventional. Presentation to a Transition Cleeve event on ‘The Future of Local Food and Farming, Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve, February.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) Delivering Leader in the 2007-13 Irish Rural Development Programme: lessons learned and where next. Paper presented at a one day workshop at the Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Ireland, 29th June.

Strahl, W., Dax, T., Kirwan J., Maye, D. and Oedl-Wieser, T. (2010) Mainstreaming the 2007-13 Leader programme: a comparative analysis of Austria and Ireland. Paper presented at the Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference; Pécs, Hungary 24-26 May 2010, Session E: Reassessing EU Regional Policy.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) The future of food. Paper presented at the CCRI Rural Policy Conference: Conflict or Consensus? The Next Decade of Rural Policy, Cheltenham, October.   Kirwan, J., Ingram, J., Dwyer, J. and MacDonald, N. (2010) The impact of produce protocols on farm environmemntal management. CCRI working paper.   Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) The future of food. Webinar presentation as part of the CCRI Rural Policy Conference: Conflict or Consensus? The Next Decade of Rural Policy. Cheltenham, September.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) Session conveners of the RGRG Session: ‘Food security – geographical perspectives and implications for agri-food studies’, at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, September.

Kirwan, J. and Maye, D. (2010) Local food networks and food security: where now for policy in the UK?. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London 1-3 September 2010, RGRG Session: ‘Food security – geographical perspectives and implications for agri-food studies’.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) New modes of LEADER governance in Ireland. Paper presented at the Anglo-Irish-French Rural Geography Symposium: Colchester, Essex, July.

(2010) Ecological embeddedness: developing the concept within the context of alternative food networks in the UK. Seminar presentation to Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen, March.

(2010) Farm for the Future. Introduced and lead debate on responses to this BBC film for Transition Cleeve as part of their awareness raising week. Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire, March.

(2009) Interrogating the ecological embeddedness of alternative food networks in the UK. Paper presented at the XXIIIrd Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology; Vaasa, Finland 17-21 August 2009, Working group 48: ‘Embeddedness of Rural Enterprises – Developing Integrative Conceptual Frameworks for Understanding Rural Innovation and Development’. (with Carol Morris).

(2009) Ecological embeddedness: developing the concept within the context of alternative food networks in the UK. Seminar presentation to the University of Nottingham School of Geography, December. (with Carol Morris).

(2009) Local food and the emerging food security agenda: where now? Paper presented at the CCRI Policy Conference 2009, Cheltenham, 21st October, Rural Policy and Local Assets. (with Damian Maye).

(2009) Co-producing food and environment(s): evidence from research into naturally embedded food in the UK. Paper presented at the Anglo-Spanish Rural Geography Conference, Canterbury, Kent, 29th June - 3rd July 2009, Changing European Rural and Agricultural Landscapes. (with Carol Morris).

(2009) The future of local food and farming. Panellist on 'Transition Newent' -organised debate, chaired by local MP Mark Harper. Newent, Gloucestershire, April.

(2009) Local food for local people: what's that all about? Presentation to Café Scientifique, Prestbury, Gloucestershire, 13th January.

(2008) Assessing the impact of rural development policy. Workshop moderator at the Rural Futures: Dreams, Dilemmas, Dangers Conference, University of Plymouth, UK, 1st April-4th April. With Schiller, S. and Knickle, K.

(2008) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Fresh Start Initiative in Cornwall. Paper presented at the Rural Futures: Dreams, Dilemmas, Dangers Conference, University of Plymouth, UK, 1st April-4th April. With Ingram, J.

(2007) Interrogating reconnection: Exploring the relationship between production and consumption within naturally embedded food supply chains in the UK. Paper presented at the XXIInd Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology; Wageningen, 20-24 August, Mobilities, Vulnerabilities and Sustainabilities: New questions and challenges for rural Europe: Working group 21: 'Local Food, Identity and Rural Sustainable Development'. With Morris, C.

(2007) Exploring hybridity in food supply chains. Paper presented at the 105th EAAE Seminar on International Marketing and International Trade of Quality Food Products, Bologna, March. With Slee, B.

(2007) Tasty Science. Paper presented at the RELU session of the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29th August-31st August. With Jones, O. Buller, H. Morris, C. Dunn, R. Hopkins, A. Whittingham, F. and Wood, J.

(2007) Can Markets Deliver Green Farming? - an evaluation of produce protocols and supply chain relationships. Paper presented at the 81st Annual Agricultural Economics Society (AES) Conference, University of Reading, England, 2 - 4 April. With Dwyer, J. and Ingram, J.

(2006) Forward to the new past? The incorporation of traditional knowledges into innovative, high-quality food production systems. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29 August - 1 September. With Jones, O., Buller, H. and Morris, C.

(2006) The case of the missing ecologies: really embedding alternative/local food networks within nature in the pursuit of sustainability. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29 August - 1 September. With Jones, O., Buller, H. and Morris, C.

(2006) Fields of dreams: understanding the theoretical bases of the behavioral and technical shifts towards the new European model of farming. Paper presented at the RGSIBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29th August-1st September. With Slee, R.W.

(2006) Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development. Paper presented to the Monmouthshire Food Forum, The Hill Education and Conference Centre, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, 12 June.

(2006) Feasibility study into the market opportunities for local produce in Pembrokeshire. Presentation of report findings to a PLANED (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development) consultation event for food supply chain actors, Nant-y-ffin Motel, Llandisilio, Pembrokeshire, 23 May.

(2006) Sustainable food procurement in the NHS: the Cornwall Food Programme. Paper presented at the third Suschain Workshop: Getting a Rural Development Win from Regionalising Food Supply Chains, National Trust Headquarters, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, 22 May.

(2006) Local products: the local purchasing challenge. Keynote speaker at the PLANED (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development) organized conference: Local People, Local Places: Our Future, Slebech,Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, 5 May.

PhD Supervisor, University of Gloucestershire

(2010) PhD External Examiner, Coventry University.
(2009) MSc by Research, Kingston University

PhD Thesis: (2003) The reconfiguration of producer-consumer relations within alternative strategies in the UK Agro-food system: the case of farmers' markets

(Online resource) Kirwan, J. (2010) Markets. In: Robbins, P., Mansvelt, J. and Golson, G. (eds) Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide. London, Sage. Online.

Maye, D. and Kirwan, J. (2010) Alternative food networks. Sociology of agriculture and food entry for Sociopedia.ISA® Online.