HND (Rural Resource Management), MPhil (Sociology)

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Chris has extensive expertise in inter and trans-disciplinary research across the land and water-based sectors (agriculture, forestry, nature conservation and amenity.  In particular he is interested in the role of their constituent communities in key collective meeting the current challenges such as biodiversity decline, meteorological risk and climate change. He is active in the development and implementation of new rural development and agri-environment policy, as well as the nature of partnerships and knowledge exchange that these require. He has considerable expertise in issues relating to landscape scale initiatives, shared resources, collective action and common land across Europe. He is Co-investigator on the NERC funded LANDWSIE project assessing the role of natural flood management in lowland agricultural projects based at the University of Reading.  Other projects include: (WILD) evaluating the benefits of an integrated approach to land and water management; (FUTGRAZE and GOVOUT) the governance and management of common land in Norway and the UK;  and the development monitoring and evaluation of agri-environment schemes (Defra/Natural England M&E framework).

Chris teaches on the Geography BA/BSc course and the Applied Ecology MSc programme, as well as the new Catalyst funded programmes at the Royal Agricultural University. He is Chair of the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership and the Foundation for Common Land and a Board member of the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership. He is also a member of an expert panel advising Defra on the contribution of social science to policy development and implementation.

Recent Publications

Dwyer J, Short C, Berriet-solliec M, Déprés C, Lataste F-G, Hart H, Prazan J (2020) Fostering resilient agro-food futures through a social-ecological systems framework: Public–private partnerships for delivering ecosystem services in Europe, Ecosystem Services, 45.

Carlo Rega, Chris Short, Marta Pérez-Soba and Maria-Luisa Paracchinia (2020) A classification of European agricultural land using an energy-based intensity indicator and detailed crop description, Landscape and Urban Planning Volume 198, June 2020, 103793.

Short C, Clarke L, Carnelli F, Uttley C and Smith B (2018) Capturing the multiple benefits associated with nature-based solutions: lessons from a natural flood management project in the Cotswolds, UK Land Degradation & Development, 

Dwyer, J., Berriet-Solliec, M., Lataste, F., Short, C., Maréchal, A. and Hart, K. (2018) A Social‐Ecological Systems Approach to Enhance Sustainable Farming and Forestry in the EU Eurochoices.

Brouwer, F., Mantino, F., Polman, N., Short, C., Sterly, S., and Rac, I (2018) Private Sector Actions to Valorise Public Benefits from Agriculture and Forestry. Eurochoices

Mills, J., P. Gaskell, J. Ingram, J. Dwyer, M. Reed, and C. Short. (2016) Engaging farmers in environmental management through a better understanding of behaviour. Agriculture and Human Values:1-17. doi:10.1007/s10460-016-9705-4.

Schwilch, G., Bernet, L., Fleskens, L., Giannakis, E., Leventon, J., Maranon, T., Mills, J., Short, C., Stolte, J., van Delden, H.and Verzandvoor, S. (2016) Operationalizing ecosystem services for the mitigation of soil threats: A proposed framework. Ecological Indicators. Final version published online: 25-APR-2016, pp. 586-597 DOI information: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.03.016. The paper has free access until 14th June, 2016.

Jones, L., Norton, L., Austin, Z., Browne, A. L., Donovan, D., Emmett, B. A., Grabowski, Z. J. Howard, D. C., Jones, J. P., Kenter, J. O., Manley, W., Morris, C., Robinson, D. A., Short, C.J., Siriwardena, G. M., Stevens, C. J., Storkey, J., Waters, R.D. and Willis, G. F. (2015) Stocks and flows of natural and human-derived capital in ecosystem services. Land Use Policy, 52. pp. 151-162. ISSN 02648377

Short, C. (2015) Micro-level crafting of Institutions within Integrated Catchment Management: early lessons of adaptive governance from a Catchment-Based Approach case study in England. Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, August, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.06.009

Ingram, J., Gaskell, P., Mills, J. and Short, C. (2013) Incorporating agri-environment schemes into farm development pathways: a temporal analysis of farmer motivations. Land use Policy. 31, 267– 279

Short, C. and Dwyer, J. (2012) Reconciling pastoral agriculture and nature conservation: developing a co-management approach in the English uplands. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 2012, 2:13.  Online version available.

Mills, J., Gibbon, D., Ingram, J., Reed, M., Short, C. and Dwyer, J. (2011) Organising collective action for effective environmental management and social learning in Wales. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 17(1) pp. 69 – 83

Healey M , Jordan F, Pell B and Short C (2010) The Research-Teaching Nexus: a case study of students’ awareness, experiences and perceptions of research, Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 47: 2, 235 — 246.

Short, C. (2008) The Traditional Commons of England and Wales in the Twenty-First Century: meeting new and old challenges, International Journal of the Commons, European Commons Special Issue 2 (2) 192-221.

Short, C., Ilbery, B., Courtney, P., Kambites, C. and Boase, R. (2008) Exploring the Interactions between land-based industries and communities in rural England, Journal of Farm Management. Vol 13 (4) 369-378.

Carey, P., Short, C., Morris, C., Hooke, D.,  Hunt, J., Priscott, A., Finch, C., Curry, N., Little, W., Winter, M., Hopwood, G., Parkin, A., Davis, M. and Firbank, L. (2003) The multi-disciplinary evaluation of a national agri-environment scheme Journal of Environmental Management. 69 (1). pp. 71-91. ISSN 03014797

Short, C. J. (2000) Common land and ELMS: a need for policy innovation in England and Wales. Land Use Policy, 17 (2). pp. 121-133. ISSN 02648377

Short, C. J. and Winter, M. (1999) The Problem of Common Land: Towards Stakeholder Governance. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 42 (5). pp. 613-630. ISSN 0964-0568

Powell, J., Short, C., Reed, M. and Lewis, N. (2016) Commons: Governance of Shared Assets [PDF Version]. Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire. ISBN 1-86174-218-5

Short, Christopher J (2011).  Forests as Commons – Changing Traditions and Governance in Europe.  In: New Perspectives on People and Forests. Springer Netherlands, pp. 61-74.

Short, C. (2008) Reconciling Nature Conservation 'Needs' and Those of Other Land Uses in a Multi-Functional Context: high-value nature conservation sites in lowland England, in Robinson, G. (ed) Sustainable Rural Systems Ashgate: Aldershot. pp 125-144.

Clarke, L., Short, C. and Berry, R. (2016) Isbourne Catchment Project: Scoping Study (Final Report), Report to Isbourne Catchment Partnership; Environment Agency. Technical Report. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

Dwyer, J., Short, C., Berriet-Solliec, M., Gael-Lataste, F., Pham, H-V., Affleck, M., Courtney, P. and Déprès, C. (2015)  Public Goods and Ecosystem Services from Agriculture and Forestry – a conceptual approach Collaborative project Horizon2020. Project acronym: PEGASUS

(2015) Synthesis report - The PEGASUS conceptual framework with Maréchal, A., Baldock, D., Hart, K., Dwyer, J., Pérez-Soba, M., Paracchini, M-L., Brouwer, F., Polman, N.

(2015) Assessing the impact of advice and support on the outcomes of Higher Level Stewardship agreements, report for Natural England, with Nigel Boatman, John Elliott, Yiying Cao, Pete Gaskell, Caroline Hallam, Ruth Laybourn, Johanna Breyer and Naomi Jones.

(2015) Assessing the role of advice and support in the establishment of Higher Level Stewardship agreements, report for Natural England with Naomi Jones, John Elliott, Yiying Cao, Pete Gaskell, Caroline Hallam, Ruth Laybourn, Johanna Breyer, Simon Conyers and Nigel Boatman.

Short C, (2014) Cotswold Catchment Payments for Ecosystems Services Pilot: Catchment Based Approach Collaborative Project Demonstrating the Integrated Local Delivery Framework, Defra Project Report NE0144, Defra funded Round 2 PES pilot. CCRI: Gloucester, with Phelps J, Henehan D, Staddon C, Wells S and Turvill J.

(2013) Evidence requirements to support the design of new agri-environment schemes (BD5011), for Defra, Short, C. with Nigel Boatman, Glyn Jones, Paul Newell-Price, Sarah Wynn and Jane Mills.

Mills, J., Gaskell, P., Reed, M., Short, C., Ingram, J., Boatman, N., Jones, N., Conyers, S., Carey, P., Winter, M. and Lobley, M. (2013) Farmer attitudes and evaluation of outcomes to on-farm environmental management. Report to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  CCRI: Gloucester

Mills, J., Gaskell, P., Short, C. Manley, W., Kambites, C., Lewis,N. Clark, M. and Boatman, N. (2012)  Attitudes to Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Natural England Commissioned Report NECR091

(2012) Economics of Co-ordination in Environmental Stewardship Final report to Defra and Natural England Project No. FFG 1128 Short, C. with Mills, J., Courtney, P. and Cairns, A.

(2012) Integrated Biodiversity Delivery Area Programme: Selection and Development Phase Evaluation.  Report for Natural England. Short, C., Fisher, R., Mills,J., Jones,O., Gaskell, P., Kambites, C., Cairns. A  and Manley, W.

Dwyer, J. and Short, C. (2011) An ecosystem services pilot in the South West; building a framework for delivery, Report to Exmoor National Park Authority and Natural England.  CCRI: Cheltenham.

Powell, J., Mills, J., Courtney, P. and  Short, C. (2011) Developing approaches to ex-post assessment of regulatory change impacts at the farm level: prototype study. Draft final report to Defra.

Dwyer, J., Condliffe, I., Short, C. and Pereira, S. (2010) Sustaining Marginal Areas: the Case of the English Uplands, Framework 7 project report, CCRI: Cheltenham.  Available at  under Work Package 8.

Mills, J., Short, C., Ingram, J., McEwen, L., Chambers, F. and Dwyer, J. (2010) Review of the Exmoor Mires Project. Confidential draft to the Exmoor Mires Restoration Project. CCRI, Cheltenham.

Short, C., Gaskell, P., Humphries, A., Waldon, J. and Aglionby, J. (2010) Assessment of the impacts of an area-based payment implemented within the Single Farm Payment Scheme on active graziers of common land in England.   Report to the European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism.  CCRI: Cheltenham.

Short, C., Griffiths, R. and Phelps, J. (2010) Inspiring and Enabling Local Communities: an integrated delivery model for Localism and the Environment.   Report to Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and Natural England.  CCRI: Cheltenham.

Ingram, J., Short, C., Gaskell, P., Mills, J., Lewis, N., Clark, M., Dennis, E., Fisher, R., and Owen, I. (2009) Entry and exit from agri-environmental schemes in Wales, Final Report for Welsh Assembly Government.

Short, C., Owen, S., Kambites, C., Jones, O., Taylor, K. and Lewis, N. (2009) Study of Determined Town and Village Green Applications, Report to Defra, Cheltenham: CCRI.

J., Ingram, J., Reed, M., Short, C., Gibbon, D. and Dwyer, J. (2008) Evaluation of key factors that lead to successful agri-environmental co-operative schemes, Report to the Welsh Assembly Government. Cheltenham: CCRI.

Short C, Jones O and Reed M (2008) Policy implications of the postmodern countryside, Report to the Commission for Rural Communities.  Cheltenham: CRC.

Boatman, N., Gaskell, P., Short, C., Parry, H., Jones, N., Bishop, J., Mills, J. and Dwyer, J. (2008) A Review of Environmental Benefits supplied by Agri-Environment Schemes, Report to the Land Use Policy Group by the Central Science Laboratory and Countryside and Community Research Institute, Natural England, London.

Courtney, P., Short, C., Kambites, C., Moseley, M., Ilbery, B., Boase, R.,  Owen, S. and Clark, M. (2007) The Social Contribution of Land-based Industries to Rural Communities.  Commission for Rural Communities.

Kambites, C., Johnson, P., Lewis, N., Owen, S. and Short, C. (2006) Green  Infrastructure Planning in the Swindon Urban-Rural Fringe.Great Western Community Forest.

Mills, J., Gibbon, D., Dwyer, J., Short, C. and Ingram, J. (2006) Identification of Delivery Mechanisms for Welsh Top-tier Agri-environment  Schemes. Countryside Council for Wales.

Short C, Hayes L, Selman P and Wragg A (2005) A common purpose: a guide to agreeing management on common land. Report to the Countryside Agency, English Nature, The National Trust, Open Spaces Society, and RDS Defra.  English Nature, Peterborough.

Short, C., Taylor, K., Curry, N. and Boase, R. (2005) Review of Local  Access Forums Report to Countryside Agency, Cheltenham.

Short, C. (2016) ‘Natural Flood Management: Letting Nature Do What Nature Does’ Public lecture at the University of Gloucestershire, 25 February.

Co-Chair of the 12th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, Governing Shared Resources, attracting over 500 delegates from 71 different countries.  Overall responsibility and local operations including securing sponsorship from International Development Research Canada, Ernest Cook Trust, Christensen Fund, Food Foundation and contributions from Natural England, Defra and the Forestry Commission. Budget of £450,000

Convenor of the National Seminar for the National and Regional Common Land and Village Green Working Groups of which I am the Chair 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.  In total attracting over 1,500 delegates and sponsorship from Countryside Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, Defra and Natural England.

(2011) Convened and chaired a session on Adaptive Management and Commons in the 13th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.  Presentations were given from delegates in Austria, Denmark, Japan and the Cape Verde Islands.

(2011) Drainage, Biodiversity and a landscape solution: reviewing a UK delivery model, Presentation at the 13th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, Hyderabad, India.

(2011) Policy Discussion on Commons: lessons from recent policy experiences in the UK and Europe, interactive workshop within the 13th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.

Short C. (ed) (2011) Proceedings of the Eighth National Seminar on Common Land and Village Greens, Countryside and Community Research Institute, Cheltenham.

(2011) 'Beyond agri-environment: a new approach to ecosystem services delivery in Exmoor', presentation within a plenary session ‘Delivering sustainable land management in the future: focusing upon ecosystem services and landscape-scale effects’ in the Annual Agricultural Economics Society Conference, Warwick 18-20 April 2011, co-authored with Janet Dwyer.

(2011) Inspiring and Enabling Local Communities: a delivery model for localism and the environment, presentation to the Rural Economy Policy Advisory Group (REPAG) for Gloucestershire, with Jenny Phelps of FWAG.

Mills, Jane and Gibbon, David and Ingram, Julie and Reed, Matthew J and Short, Christopher J and Dwyer, Janet C (2010) Collective Action for Effective Environmental Management and Social Learning in Wales. In: 9th European IFSA Symposium,, 4‐7 July 2010, Vienna (Austria).

(2010) Member of a Knowledge Transfer field trip to Northern Spain concerning Common Land across Europe and its management and governance 16-20 May

(2010) What do we mean by Ecosystem Services?, presentation as part of a workshop to Members of the Exmoor National Park Authority Board, November 2010.

Short, C. (2010) Land and its Uses. Webinar presentation as part of the CCRI Rural Policy Conference: Conflict or Consensus? The Next Decade of Rural Policy. Cheltenham, September.

(2010) Opening Spaces through Re-invention of Restoration: Approaching commons through new conceptualisations of places and landscapes and environmental management, 'The End of Tradition? Aspects of Commons and Cultural Severance in the Landscape', Sheffield Hallam University on 15 - 17 September, co-authored with Dr Owain Jones.

(2009) 'Jewel in the crown or stone in the shoe?' A review of the relationship between common land and agri-environment schemes in England and Wales. Presentation to the Contested Commons Symposium, University of Newcastle September 10-12

(2009) Estimating the non-market benefits of environmental stewardship, Facilitating Three workshops in Cheltenham, Penrith and Peterborough as part of a project funded by Defra.

(2008) Social contribution of land-based industries to rural communities. Presentation to the Rural Economy Department at the University of Alberta, Canada. October.

(2008) Assessing the connections between academics' experiences of 'research' and 'teaching': investigating disciplinary and institutional variations. Presentation to the International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning, Edmonton, Canada, 17-19 October, with Healey, M. (DNSS, University of Gloucestershire).

(2008) Co-Chair of the 12th International Association for the Study of the  Commons (IASC) conference, 5 day conference for 500 delegates from 70 different  countries. July.

Short C. (ed) (2008) Proceedings of the Seventh National  Seminar on Common Land and Village Greens, Countryside and Community  Research Institute, Cheltenham.

(2008) Exploring the Interactions between land-based industries and communities in rural England Presentation and the 'Rural Futures' conference organised jointly by the Rural Futures Unit at University of Plymouth in April.

(2008) Participatory research methods and rural studies in "Towards transformative knowledges/practices for sustainable rural futures" session (Rural Geography Research Group) RGS-IBG Annual Conference 27-29 August. With Ingram J., Jones, O. & Reed, M

Short C. (ed) (2007) Proceedings of the Sixth National Seminar on Common  Land and Village Greens Countryside and Community Research Institute,  Cheltenham.

(2006) Ring in the new: multifunctional approaches to common land  management in England and Wales. Presentation to the IASCP Europe Regional  Meeting, Brescia, Italy University of Brescia.

(2006) Managing Commons with no Traditional Function: balancing multiple  land uses on common property resources in lowland England. Presentation to  the IASCP International Conference, Bali, Indonesia, Centre for Agarian Studies.

Project Board for HEFCE Catalyst funded project ‘Building a sustainable future for land management and food production post-Brexit’ and developing 2 masters and 2 undergraduate programmes

NS6301 Global Futures (University of Gloucestershire)

NS7903 Applied Ecology and Conservation (University of Gloucestershire)

(2012 - 2017)  External Examiner, Birmingham City University for 2 PGT courses, Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Planning

(2006) University Teaching Fellow, notably for work on linking teaching and  research

(2007) Led submission on Research in Teaching (RiT) developments as part of  the University of Gloucestershire's strategic development in Learning and  Teaching.

(2007 -   )                 Member of Defra National Stakeholder Group on Common Land

(2009 - 2011)           External advisor to Welsh Assembly Government on the development of the Glastir agri-environment scheme in relation to commons.

(2011 - 2013)           Member of Defra working group Basic Payments and Common Land

(2012 - )                   Director and Trustee for Foundation for Common Land

(2012 - )                   Chair of Upper Thames Catchment Partnership

(2013 - )                   Convenor for Environmental Dynamics and Governance Research Priority Area

(2013 - )                   Chair of Defra supported 2 working groups; Basic Payments and Common Land & Countryside Stewardship and Common land

(2013 - )                   Chairman of Foundation for Common Land (NGO charity)

(2014 - )                   Board Member Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership

(2016)                      Evaluator for applications to the Ostrom Award

Chair of the Strawberry Banks and Three Groves Wood Reserve Management Committee, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

2000 Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers

2001 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2006 Member of the International Society for the Study of the Commons

Chair of the Strawberry Banks Nature reserve Management Committee

Expert Member of Defra/Natural England ‘Social science evidence for improving agri-environment outcomes’

(2015) Natural Flood Management in the Stroud Valleys, (Video) for Stroud District Council £8,000 (CCRI Lead)