ClientProject Title Project Leader
StatusStartedCompletedResearch Summary or ReportKey words
EU 5th Framework ProgrammeSuschainJames KirwanCompleted20032006Final report
Limestone Country ProjectCompleted20032006Download research summary

Yorkshire Dales, Upland limestone grassland, mixed grazing, uplands, cattle
Commission for rural communitiesSocial contribution of Land-Based Industries to Rural CommunitiesMalcolm MoseleyCompleted20062006Download research summary
Great Western Community Forest, funded by North Wessex
Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development
Fund and Swindon Borough Council Planning Delivery Grant
Green Infrastructure Planning in the Swindon Urban-Rural FringeCompleted20062006Download research summary
Welsh AssemblyIdentification of Delivery Mechanisms for Welsh Top Tier Agri Environment SchemesCompleted20062006Download research summary
Government Office in the South WestPublic Decision Making in Rural AreasCompleted2007Download research summary
High Weald AONB and English HeritageThe Sustainable Development of Dispersed Settlement in the High Weald AONB Completed20072007Download research summary
ESRC RELUGrowing risk? The potential impacts of plant diseases on land use and the UK rural economyBrian Ilbery; Damian MayeCompleted20072011Download research summary
CADW and English HeritageScoping Study on the Socio-economic Benefits of Heritage in the National ParksCompleted20072008Download research summary
National Heritage Academy (South West)Skilled labour for the heritage and rural landscape sectorMatt ReedCompleted20072007Final report
Oxfordshire Partnership Community-led plans in Oxfordshire: their potential contribution to strategic planningCarol KambitesCompleted20072007Final report">
Analysis of Socio-Economic Aspects of Local and National Organic Farming MarketsCompleted20072009Download research summary
UK Land Use Policy GroupA review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemesPeter GaskellCompleted20082008agri-envrionment schemes; agriculture; land use; stewardship
DefraEx-post evaluation of the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) 2000-06Janet DwyerCompleted20082009
Commission for Rural Communities (CRC)Policy Implications of the Post-modern countrysideChris ShortCompleted20082008Final report
Commission for Rural CommunitiesMajor life eventsMalcolm MoseleyCompleted20082010
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeAssessing the impact of rural development policies (RuDi)Janet DwyerCompleted20082010RuDI final conferencerural development
ESPON 2013 ProgrammeEuropean Development Opportunities for Rural Areas (EDORA)Paul CourtneyCompleted20082010Final report
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PAN-WM, The Department of Health West Midlands, Sport England West Midlands and Natural England.Evaluation of the Rural Activity Care Pathway in South StaffordshireNigel CurryCompleted20092010
The role of community-led planning in empowering communities and influencing strategic thinkingNigel CurryCompleted20092010
DefraSocial Impacts of Fishing (NEE 0902)Matt ReedCompleted20092011Final report
DefraEconomic Impacts of Environmental StewardshipJane MillsCompleted20092010Download research summary
DefraStudy of Determined Town and Village Greens ApplicationsChris ShortCompleted20092009Final report
DefraMethodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systemsMatt Reed; Paul CourtneyCompleted20092012
Sports Council for WalesMentro AllanNigel CurryCompleted20092011
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeCAPRIJanet DwyerCompleted20092013Project website
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT)Local Food Programme evaluationJames KirwanCompleted20092014
Handicap InternationalBosnia and Herzegovina participatory mine action and development (PMAD)John PowellCompleted20092011Download research summary
DefraEconomic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English uplands – an in-depth forward look from the farmer’s perspective for the Defra Agricultural Change and Environment ObservatoryPeter GaskellCompleted20092010Final report
Arkleton TrustRural Community adaptation to Climate Change Mapping ProjectCarol KambitesCompleted20092010
'New Dynamics of Ageing’ programme. collaboration between five UK Research Councils – ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRCGrey and Pleasant Land? Nigel CurryCompleted20092012Download research summary
Cornwall Development Company (CDC); South West Upland
Initiative Partners and SWRDA
South West Uplands Initiative (SWUI) project evaluationPeter GaskellCompleted20102013Final report
Higher Education AcademyInterdisciplinary learning in Environmental Sustainable Development (ESD) at taught postgraduate level: research-informed capacity building for curriculum developmentJohn PowellCompleted20102011
Defra and Natural EnglandAttitudinal Survey to Evaluate the Implementation of Uplands Entry Level StewardshipJane MillsCompleted20102010Final report
DefraDeveloping approaches to ex-post assessment of regulatory change impacts at the farm level: prototype studyJohn PowellCompleted20102011Download research summary
Forestry CommissionWoodland Wealth Appraisal for the East of England: update 2010John PowellCompleted20102010
Serbian Ministry for Agriculture, Trade, Forests and Water ManagementProviding guidance to the Serbian Ministry in the identification, screening and preparation of documentation for European Union Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA) funded projectsJohn PowellCompleted20102011
ESRCSustainable flood memories and the development of community resilience to future flood risk: a comparative study of three recently flooded communities (ESRC award)Owain JonesCompleted2010
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP)Assessment of single farm payment on graziers in UK & IrelandChris ShortCompleted20102011
Exmoor National Park Authority and Natural England An ecosystem services pilot in the South West – building a framework for deliveryJanet DwyerCompleted20102011
Exmoor Mire Restoration Steering GroupPeatland Restoration on Exmoor – Review and Recommendations Jane MillsCompleted20102010Download research summary
DefraSocial Science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment ProjectDamian MayeCompleted20102015
LEAFThe Benefits of LEAF Membership: a qualitative study to understand the added value that LEAF brings to its farmer membersJane MillsCompleted20102010
EUExamining the impact of partial and full decoupling of CAP pillar 1 support in the EU IPA Programming and Project Preparation FacilityJane Mills; Janet DwyerCompleted20102010
Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate-General of the European CommissionCommon Agricultural Policy (CAP) and biodiversity studyJanet DwyerCompleted20102011Final Report
Natural EnglandEvaluation of permissive access under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS)John PowellCompleted20112012
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSOLINSAJulie IngramCompleted20112014Download research summary
European Commission, in collaboration with the NSRAC (North Sea Regional Advisory Council) and NWW-RAC (North West Waters Regional Advisory Council)Social and economic impacts of the Cod Recovery PlanJohn PowellCompleted20112011Download research summary
SW ForumValuing the economic contribution of community development projects in GloucestershirePaul CourtneyCompleted20112013
Local Food ProgrammeLocal Food Programme: A Social Return on Investment ApproachPaul CourtneyCompleted20112013
Making Local Food WorkSmall scale food productionMatt ReedCompleted20112012
DefraFarmer attitudes to environmental managementJane MillsCompleted20112013Final report
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Rural Development Plan for WalesEvaluation of the Commons Development Officer role under Glastir in WalesChris ShortCompleted20112012
EUEvaluation of CAP Measures Applied to the Wine SectorJanet DwyerCompleted20112011Download research summary
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSmartSOILJulie IngramCompleted20112015 SmartSoil websitesoil
European ParliamentHow to improve sustainable competitiveness & innovation of EU agricultureJanet DwyerCompleted20122012
AHRCBetween the tidesOwain JonesCompleted20122015
Environment Agency;
Natural England
Cotwolds Water Park WILD projectChris ShortCompleted20122016Download Phase One summary
EC (DG AGRI)Synthesis of mid-term evaluations of Rural Development Programmes 2007–2013Janet DwyerCompleted20122012Final report
The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Additional funding provided through Fells and Dales RDPE LEADER for Cumbria, and the Duchy of Cornwall for Dartmoor.Evaluation of the Hill Farming Training Project PilotChris ShortCompleted20122013Download research summary
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSupurbfoodMatt ReedCompleted20122015Documents and final reports
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Defra The Campaign for the Farmed Environment: evaluation of partnership, local and wider impactsJohn PowellCompleted20122012Final report
European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Semi-Subsistence Farming – Value and Directions of DevelopmentJanet DwyerCompleted20122013
Defra and Natural EnglandEconomics of Co-ordination in Environmental Stewardship Jane MillsCompleted20122012Final report

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTBDamian MayeCompleted20122015
Gloucestershire County Council Mapping Community in GloucestershireCarol KambitesCompleted20122013
Welsh Historic Environment GroupClimate change and the historic environment of WalesJohn PowellCompleted20122012Download research summary
Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs in MaltaA strategic approach to Malta’s new Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020Janet DwyerCompleted20122013Download research summary
DefraEvidence to support negotiations on future AGri-Env Schemes (AES)Chris ShortCompleted20122013Download final report
FWAGUpper Thames Pilot CatchmentChris ShortCompleted20122014
CPREGIS of the Lower Severn ValeRob BerryActive2012ongoing
DefraJohn PowellCompleted20122013
DefraEvaluation of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)Paul CourtneyCompleted20132016
Heritage Lottery fund and the Welsh GovernmentForgotten landscape project feasibility study and business planChris ShortCompleted20132013
Natural EnglandES Monitoring & Evaluation Framework – Assessing the impact of advice and support on the outcomes of Higher Level Stewardship agreements Agri-environment monitoring theme: Higher Level Stewardship outcomesChris ShortCompleted20132015 Download project summary
Natural EnglandES Monitoring & Evaluation Framework - Assessing the role of advice and support in the establishment of Higher Level Stewardship agreements Agri-environment monitoring theme: Higher Level Stewardship outcomesChris ShortCompleted20132015Download research summary
EU DG CLIMA.Study on the analysis of climate hotspots in Member States as regards rural development (EAFRD)Janet DwyerCompleted20132014
AHRCIn conversation with...:co-designing with more-than-human communitiesOwain JonesCompleted20132015
Natural EnglandEvaluating the effectiveness of Environmental Stewardship for the conservation of historic buildingsPeter GaskellCompleted20132014Final report
Developing a Framework for a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Scheme in the Cotswolds
Chris ShortCompleted20132014Final report
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeVALERIEJulie IngramActive20132017innovation, agriculture, forestry,,
DefraAlternative Service Delivery Models in Rural AreasNigel CurryCompleted20132013Download research summary
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeGLAMURJames KirwanCompleted20132016Download research summary
DefraInvestigating the impact of proposed CAP reforms on farmers’ behaviourJane MillsCompleted20132014
European CommissionStudy on the competitiveness of European wines - UK case studyJanet DwyerCompleted20142014Download research summary
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeRECAREJulie IngramActive20142019soil
DefraThe ‘good farmer’: farmer identities and the control of exotic livestock disease in EnglandRhiannon Naylor/Damian MayeCompleted20142015latest update
Fostering Green Growth in Agriculture: The Role of Training, Advisory Services and Extension Initiatives
Janet Dwyer; Matt ReedCompleted20142014Final report
Leverhulme ‘Artist in Residence’ grant - 'Sabrina Dreaming'Antony LyonsCompleted20142015
AHRCTowards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issuesOwain JonesCompleted20142015
Forestry CommissionForest of Dean Landscape Partnership – EvaluationChris ShortActive20142021
Natural Resources WalesImplementation of changes and updates to the national LANDMAP GIS database for WalesRobert BerryCompleted20142014
Exmoor Hill Farming NetworkState of Farming on Exmoor studyJanet DwyerCompleted20142015Download research summary
Soil AssociationEvaluation of the Duchy Originals Future Farming ProgrammeJulie IngramCompleted20142015
Gloucestershire County CouncilActive TogetherPaul CourtneyCompleted20142016
European Parliament AGRIThe role of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in creating rural jobsMauro Vigani, John PowellCompleted20152016Full report
Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee/Stroud District CouncilRural Sustainable Drainage System (RSuDs) - Film productionChris ShortCompleted20152015
Tudor TrustDevelopment of a Monitoring and Evaluation framework and a Forecast SROI for Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC) and to support the Growing Health networkPaul CourtneyCompleted20152016
EU Horizon 2020 Research ProgrammeSUFISAJames Kirwan; Damian MayeActive20152019
EU Horizon 2020 Research ProgrammePEGASUSJanet DwyerActive20152018
Bavarian Research Alliance and University of GloucestershireUrban horticulture and local food: identity, governance and economy in Bath and BambergDan KeechCompleted20152016Download research summary
EU Horizon 2020SoilCareJane Mills and Julie Ingram
European Social Fund (ESF) and Big LotteryGoing the Extra Mile (GEM)Paul CourtneyActive20162019
EU Horizon 2020SOFIAMarco Della GalaActive20162018
Community Council for SomersetAgents for ChangePaul CourtneyCompleted20162017Final Reports
Heather TrustEconomic analysis and project evaluation of the ‘Molland Graze the Moor' Janet DwyerActive20162019
Defra / AdasEx-Post Evaluation of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013Janet Dwyer / John PowellCompleted20162016
Public Policy Institute for WalesWhat works in Tackling Rural Poverty – An evidence review of rural poverty interventionsJohn PowellActive20162017
Soil AssociationEvaluation of Innovative Farmers programmeMatt Reed, Julie Ingram and Jane MillsActive20162019knowledge transfer, education, farmers
NERCLANDWISEChris ShortActive20172021
EU Horizon 2020Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)Mauro ViganiActive20172021agriculture, farming, agricultural systems
RSNRural surveyNick LewisCompleted20172017
Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)The Implications of Brexit for Agriculture, Rural Areas and Land Use in Wales
Janet DwyerCompleted20172018Final reportBrexit, Wales, Agriculture, Policy, Rural
EU Horizon 2020Agridemo F2FJulie Ingram and Jane MillsActive20172019
Defra Enhanced Annual Implementation Report (EAIR)Janet DwyerCompleted20172017
LEAFThe effect and impact of LEAF Marque certification in the delivery of more sustainable farming: a study to understand the added value to farmersMatt ReedCompleted20172017Final Report
EU Horizon 2020Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies (ROBUST)Damian MayeActive20172021
Historic EnglandDeveloping an ecosystems approach: Dry stone wallsPeter GaskellActive20172018dry-stone walls, ecosystems, historic landscape
Historic EnglandHeritage, natural capital and ecosystem services: Lower Severn ValePeter GaskellActive20182018historic buildings; historic landscapes; GIS,
Historic EnglandHeritage, natural capital and ecosystem services: Historic buildings and boundariesPeter GaskellActive20182018historic buildings; landscape; ecoystems;