BSc (Lycée Saint-Louis), MSc (AgroParisTech)
Theo is a PhD student at the University of Gloucestershire. His PhD is a partnership between the CCRI, the Welsh Government (through the Environmental Evidence Program) and the CCF (Community and Countryside Foundation) aiming at assessing the impact of the Post-Brexit environment (policy and trade) on the Welsh farm's choice of evolution. His PhD examines the landscape and the impact at a community level, including from an economic perspective. He is supervised by Professor Janet Dwyer (CCRI), S. Devienne (AgroParisTech), Chris Short (CCRI), K. Watts (Welsh Government) and Dr. P. Williams (Bangor University). Theo’s PhD is multidisciplinary, bridging the gaps between farming sciences, social sciences and agri-economics.
To study this subject, he is using a French method called “Agrarian Diagnosis”, which is a fieldwork-based approach to farming research (Cochet and Devienne, 2005). Conducting this sort of work in several focus areas across Wales will help develop a better understanding of farming evolution and how they may be affected by different factors, for example how farms will fare after Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help inform new agricultural policy, at a time when Wales is gaining more independence in its agricultural policy design. It is therefore very important to hear the experiences and views of farmers in Wales. It means closely studying selected focus areas through fieldwork, to understand how and why agriculture has evolved through time (e.g., impacts of the landscape, policy, economy…). Because farming is a complex subject, the goal is to fully appreciate how the impacts of such factors vary between different areas and farm types.
Theo is currently doing some fieldwork for his PhD; working on North Wales and the Vale of Clwyd. After finishing this, he will be applying the same approach to an area of Snowdonia and South Pembrokeshire. He is trying to deliver findings at regular intervals to inform on future developments in farming to a wide range of stakeholder.
Lenormand, T. (2019) Agrarian Diagnosis of South Pembrokeshire - South West wales (United Kingdom) General Synthesis. Masters thesis, AgroParis Tech.
Chiswell, H., Mills, J., Lewis, N., Lenormand, T., Gaskell, P. and Leake, B. (2019) AES self-monitoring and evidence: challenges and opportunities. A behavioural analysis. Countryside and Community Research Institute: Cheltenham.
Lenormand, T, (2020) Covid 19 Crisis Short part 3 – Short of Milk, Short of Cash - Blog Post about the milk crisis and COVID-19, including data/analysis from his MSc research in South Pembrokeshire.
A number of CCRI researchers are authors of a chapter in a new book entitled ‘Researching People and the Sea: Methodologies and Traditions’.
Next week, the Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held online on 29th & 30th March. Three researchers from the CCRI will be participating in a variety of roles.
Would you like to gain work experience in a dynamic research team, carrying out academic research and consultancy projects for a wide range of clients? We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (Placement Student) to support our work for 2020-2021.
Next month, Professor Damian Maye will be presenting at a Royal Geographic Society event that will be discussing the economic and social impacts related to COVID-19.
A new study of LEADER, commissioned by DG AGRI, is currently underway, led by a partnership of the CCRI in the UK, ÖIR (Austria) and ADE (Belgium). An online survey is available to collect experiences of those involved in LEADER.
The CCRI team have launched a mini-consultation for young people aged 18-25 years in eight rural areas across England. Participate to have your say and be in with a chance of winning our prize draw!